Heartworms are parasites that inhabit the hearts and lungs of infected cats and dogs. Vomiting is a common clinical sign in affected cats; unfortunately, sudden death is another sign. There is no treatment for heartworm disease in cats but there are several options for heartworm preventative. Affected dogs often have difficulty breathing, cough, tire easily from exercise, and lose their appetite. Treatment for heartworm disease in dogs is available but the best treatment is prevention. There are several options for heartworm preventative.
Roundworms are a common parasite in puppies and kittens. Some puppies and kittens are born with them. They are acquired from the mother or by ingesting contaminated soil, feces, or prey. Roundworms live in the intestines and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and/or weight loss. Routine deworming is a safe and effective way to control these infections.