Feline Fans: Bug Season Giving You the Creepy Crawlies?

It doesn’t have to!

Us cats have so many preventive resources at the tips of our paws. Even if you don’t go outside other than to visit your Veterinarian, it’s important to still be protected. Parasites, fleas, ticks, heartworm disease are all things that can be contracted inside the home as well as outside.

IVS is now carrying Paradyne, a new private label preventive topical medication. This means it’s made specifically for our hospital, uses the same active ingredient found in Revolution, AND it’s the same manufacturer. Paradyne costs less, is available both in our practice and our online store and protects against fleas, heartworm disease, some intestinal parasites and treats ear mites. Be sure to stop in today to get your 6-month box and be protected during bug season and all year long.

Enjoy our Veterinarians articles below explaining more on how to keep us safe from parasites! Don’t forget that Feline Fans get a 10% discount on most services so be sure to check out our website for more information on this FREE program visit http://irvinevetservices.com/feline-fans/.

And if you’re interested, there is an article on a cat named Stormie who had heartworm and how UC Davis was able to help her. http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whatsnew/article.cfm?id=3884

Purrs & Meows-

Leo & Mr. Pickles

PS We are AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) Accredited hospitals. That means that every 3 years we must go through the accreditation process to make sure we are practicing the best medicine possible. There are over 900 standards that range from housekeeping, client communication, medical practices, record keeping and so much more. Wish us luck as we undergo our re-accreditation process in May! To learn more about AAHA visit their website https://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/default.aspx!

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Cats & Parasites

By Dr. Elizabeth Morse

We all know that kitties that go outdoors are exposed to many different dangers, including parasites. Cats can pick up fleas or ticks from interacting with wildlife or feral animals; and, can get intestinal worms from hunting. But did you know that our indoor kitties are also at risk? Fleas or ticks can make their way inside on dogs, and even on our shoes or clothes. Fleas usually carry tapeworm eggs – all a cat needs to do is ingest a flea to get infected. Ticks are even worse because they can transmit blood borne diseases and sometimes even cause immune -mediated disease.

Mosquitoes are another threat – they can find their way in through open doors or windows and transmit heartworm larvae when they bite. Heartworms live inside the heart and can cause heart failure. They have also been shown to cause asthma and respiratory issues by migrating through the lungs.

Finally, while indoor cats are less likely to catch and eat mice, they will usually “hunt” bugs that get inside. My own cats like to eat cockroaches, and roaches are known to carry and transmit roundworms – gross! Roundworms, and other intestinal parasites, live inside the gut, steal nutrients from the host, and can cause irritation that leads to vomiting and diarrhea. Even worse, roundworms are considered “zoonotic” – that means roundworms are a type of parasite that can also infect people, not just our furry companions.

And those are just some of the many reasons that I like to keep myself and my cats – Ebi, Iris, Kratos, Spoke and Tiberius (pictured with me) – safe by performing a yearly fecal analysis (to find parasites before they cause problems), and keeping my cats on a monthly parasite preventative (the product I like is Revolution or Paradyne– a topical all-in-one product that protects against fleas, heartworms, ear mites, and intestinal worms).

If you also want to be proactive in preventing parasites, I recommend dropping off a stool sample for testing. We will send the sample out to the lab and call you the next day with results – if there’s a problem, myself and the other doctors will be happy to talk you about treating your kitty.

Flea products, such as Revolution and Paradyne, can be easily purchased on our hospital’s online store – just look for the portal on our website. Paradyne, a private label product that is equivalent to Revolution, is available in hospital and on our online store – you can either stop by to pick it up or purchase doses at your cat’s next wellness visit.

For additional information on parasites in cats, please check out the following websites:


Heartworm Disease in Cats

By Dr. Pam Feng

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in our pets. It is caused by worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs and cats, but heartworms also live in other mammal species, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and—in rare instances—humans. Because wild species such as foxes and coyotes live in proximity to many urban areas, they are considered important carriers of the disease and reservoirs of infection.

The mosquito plays an essential role in the heartworm life cycle. Adult female heartworms living in an infected dog, fox, coyote, or wolf produce microscopic baby worms called microfilaria that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites and takes a blood meal from an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another dog, cat, or susceptible wild animal, the worms enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite wound. Because heartworm disease is transmitted through mosquito bites, any cat regardless of if they are strictly indoor or outdoor is at risk.

Heartworm disease in cats is very different from heartworm disease in dogs. The cat is an atypical host for heartworms, and most worms in cats do not survive to the adult stage. Cats with adult heartworms typically have just one to three worms, and many cats affected by heartworms have no adult worms. While this means heartworm disease often goes undiagnosed in cats, it’s important to understand that even immature worms cause real damage in the form of a condition known as heartworm associated respiratory disease (HARD). Moreover, the medication used to treat heartworm infections in dogs cannot be used in cats, so prevention is the only means of protecting cats from the effects of heartworm disease.\

Here at IVS, one of our main goals is preventive medicine. If you would like to know more about getting your cat started on a heartworm preventive, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss the different options for your individual cat.



Itchy Flea-lines!

Have you had that horrifying experience of your cat laying on you and suddenly you see something move on them only to find out they have – fleas! Seems like not a very good day, right? Much like getting that dreaded call from the school nurse that your child has lice. These things happen and as daunting as they seem in the moment, there are ways to prevent and treat them.

Here are 3 basic tips on what to do if you see fleas:

  • Bring your cat to your Veterinarian. If deemed appropriate, they can administer a CapStar (pill medication) which will kill the fleas on them within 24 hours.
  • Start them on a preventive medication like Paradyne or another Veterinarian recommended product that works for you and your pet.
  • Treat your house! We can help with recommendations for this too.

You don’t want to leave a pet to become so infested that they get sick. Really bad flea infestation can lead to things like anemia. Your pet may also have an allergic reaction to flea bites. It’s important to have these things treated as soon as possible.

Fleas have a long and complicated lifecycle (https://www.capcvet.org/guidelines/fleas/) so multiple treatments for your cat and home may be necessary to be rid of those pesky pests.

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