-- standing water (such as water in bird baths, ponds, and baby pools),
which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes that can carry and transmit
heartworm larvae to cats.
-- warmer weather, which leads to more open windows and doors that let
mosquitoes inside, even if covered by screens, because mosquitoes can
slip through cracks around doors.
-- other common hazards, such as sandboxes, wild critters like rabbits and
squirrels, shady areas, dirt tracked indoors, and even other pets, all
of which are known to be locations for parasites.
In Bayer's newly launched interactive risk finder at http://www.petparents.com, cat lovers can see from a cat's perspective what each of these risks mean to their cat's health, and also get simple tips to help lower these risks in their own homes and yards. In addition, anyone can download a shortcut to their computer desktop or post it to their own Web site to keep the risk finder and preventive tips a click away for easy reference. Additionally, they can quickly spread the word to other cat owners about the importance of knowing common feline parasites, including heartworms and intestinal worms, by using the send-to-a-friend feature.
"Spring is not the only time of year in which cat owners should think
about parasites," said Becker. "This time of year should be considered a
reminder to consult a veterinarian about establishing a preventive monthly
regimen. Heartworms can stay in the cat's body for a long time, and are
very difficult to treat once present. Further, it can take two to three
years after infection before residual effect
|SOURCE Bayer Animal Health|
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