Heartworm disease is a serious and likely fatal disease among pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by worms that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets. These foot-long worms can cause severe lung disease, heart disease and damage to other organs. This disease is most commonly known in dogs and cats. It can also live in many mammal species including wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and, although rarely, in humans. With wild animals like coyotes and foxes now living closer in proximity to many cities, they are thought to be important carriers of heartworm disease.
Spread by infected mosquitoes, heartworm is progressively being perceived as a hidden reason for health issues in local cats. Regardless of its name, heartworm essentially causes lung disease in cats. Prevention is an essential step toward any sort of improvement in the health of felines living in territories thickly populated by mosquitoes, and prevention techniques ought to be talked about with a veterinarian.