"In 2001 a very special little kitten came to stay at our house named Emma. She weighed in at a whopping 2 ½ pounds. When she was about 9 months old she began vomiting and wouldn’t eat. The doctors at Piney Creek Square Veterinary Clinic took x-rays, but nothing showed up on them. She was losing weight, and she was thin by nature anyway, so everyone was worried about her. Dr. Behrns came to the rescue and performed emergency surgery on our little girl. She found an almond trying to pass into Emma’s stomach. Of course, it would not have shown up on an x-ray. Thank you, Dr. Behrns, for saving Emma’s life."
Contrary to what some may believe, heartworm disease is found in Colorado! The worm, Dirofilaria immitis, is transported by mosquitoes and can afflict all pets, whether they reside strictly indoors or out.
Each veterinary clinic/hospital in Colorado averages from 1-4 positive heartworm cases per year. While our area is not a hot bed of heartworm disease, regular testing and prevention are warranted to protect your dog from this potentially lethal condition. There is a treatment for heartworm disease in dogs but the cost of prevention over your dog’s lifetime is far less than the cost and toll the treatment can take on your dog.
Cats, and even people, can get heartworm disease but since dogs/canids are the natural host, heartworms can die in the presence of a healthy immune system in other animals. There is no approved medical treatment for heartworm disease in cats at this time. For more information on heartworm disease, please visit American Hearworm Society Website.