Elizabeth Clyde Druin, DVM
Owner, Clyde's Animal Clinic, Matton, Illinois
While they are harder to diagnose than dogs,While they are harder to diagnose than dogs,cats get heartworm disease, too
Q. You’re a big believer in heartworm prevention in cats. What has driven that belief?
A. I saw my first feline heartworm case more than 25 years ago. The cat had died suddenly, so I performed a necropsy and found two adult heartworms in the heart. Back then, there were no preventives for cats, and veterinarians and owners were largely unaware of the problem. Today, awareness is higher and we have several products to choose from, which makes compliance easier. But we still have a long way to go.