Pompano Beach, Florida (PressExposure) June 09, 2009 -- Most pet owners understand that heartworm disease is very dangerous for dogs. But the illness is also deadly for cats. BrandStarâs The Balancing Act TV show on Lifetime Television presents Dr. Lynn Buzhardt, a veterinarian for 29 years, on location at the Coral Springs Animal Hospital in South Florida. She discusses how a test created by IDEXX Laboratories can diagnose and treat heartworm and two other common feline illnesses. The segment airs May 15th and May 21st and can also be seen on the internet at [http://www.thebalancingact.com/kittytest].
âCats are wonderful pets, but they donât get the same level of medical care as dogs,â she says. âCats are experts at hiding most of their symptoms, making it difficult for pet owners to know when they are sick.â
Unchecked, feline heartworm disease can cause serious damage to the catâs lungs and result in significant breathing problems, and even death. âSome cats may show no symptoms at all â which is why annual examinations are so important,â she explains.
The best news is that feline heartworm disease is almost 100 percent preventable. âIf your cat is at least seven months old, your veterinarian will use the new SNAP Feline Triple Test developed by IDEXX to assess your catâs heartworm status and check for two other viral diseases,â Dr. Buzhardt notes.
The veterinarian can prescribe a simple, easy-to-administer monthly medication to prevent heartworm.
âLearning more about diseases like feline heartworm can help you take better care of your cat so he or she can have a long and happy life,â Dr. Buzhardt says.
âMaking sure cats are heartworm-free is just what the doctor ordered,â said Doug Campbell, Executive Vice President of Programming, BrandStar Entertainment, the producers of The Balancing Act TV show. âThanks for informing us about an often overlooked condition.â