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The Veterinarians at Cedar Creek recommend year round heartworm prevention to make sure your pet is protected at all times. Kittens are recommended to be started on prevention as early as 8 weeks of age. We offer a variety of products at Cedar Creek that help protect your pet against many different types of parasites. Please call for information regarding the products we carry.
Heartworm testing: Cats are susceptible to heartworm disease, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Heartworm can cause severe and permanent damage to your cat’s heart and lungs or cause their death. Indoor only cats also need to be protected as mosquitoes can get indoors. To protect your cat they should be on heartworm preventive year round and receive their annual heartworm test at 9 months of age. Cedar Creek has an in-house snap test that only takes 10 minutes.
Fleas: Fleas can transmit other parasites, such as tapeworm, cause severe skin irritation, itching, hair loss, flea allergy dermatitis, and anemia in severe cases. Cedar Creek recommends year round flea prevention, even with indoor cats. If your pet has fleas, it is important to treat the environment as well as the pet.
Ticks: If your cat is allowed outdoors it is important that he/she is on tick prevention. Ticks can transmit certain diseases to cats including Babesia, Mycoplasma, and Cytauxzoonosis. Symptoms vary from the different types of diseases but can include inappetence, fever, and severe anemia. Ticks that are found on cats can also transmit the diseases to humans and other pets.
Deworming and fecal exams for intestinal parasites: A yearly fecal examination is necessary for the detection of intestinal parasites. Intestinal parasites can cause diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, discomfort/pain, and anemia to your pet. Not all parasites are visual without the aid of a microscope. If your pet is positive for intestinal parasites deworming can be performed for the specific parasite. Certain parasites can be transmitted to people, especially children and immunocompromised individuals.