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Re: Vet news

So sorry to hear about Mick. Hope he recovers fully.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Feb 27, 2006, at 11:57 AM, Kitty wrote:

> I made an appointment with the vet for this Friday because Mick has  
> lost
> weight and has thrown up what looked like blood a few times. He very
> accommodatingly urped on the linoleum yesterday rather than the carpet
> so I scooped it into a jar and ran it over to the vet this morning
> before work. He said "bring him in now."
> He has heartworm in his intestinal tract. I vaccinate these cats for
> everything possible but thought heartworm was a pretty slim chance.
> Fortunately, I had misunderstood the vet in believing heartworm is  
> fatal
> for cats. He says it's fatal if they treat it; the treatment kills the
> cat. Instead they have a different course available, though it still
> sounds like "treatment" to me. He'll get a shot of corticasteroids  
> each
> month for several months and then every other month until the worms  
> die
> off. And then he should be back to normal. So in June they are all  
> going
> on a heartworm preventative.
> Here's a picture of my Mick:
> http://hort.net/+137n
> --
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
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