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Safety Tips for Using Heartworm Preventive Medications on Cats

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Safety Tips for Using Heartworm Preventive Medications on Cats

Proper Application of Cat Heartworm Prevention Medication

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In the case of allergic responses, there have been reports of itching, hives, swelling of the face, and even seizures or shock. Observe your cat for anything out of the ordinary after each administration of this medication, since sensitivity can come on suddenly, even after prolonged use of a medication.

 

Topical Heartworm Medications for Cats

 

Newer topical or spot-on medications are available to prevent not only heartworms, but also fleas, ticks, mites, and more. Depending on the brand you choose, your cat can be protected from many parasites, both internal and external, all in one monthly application. Selamectin and moxidectin work by absorbing into the animal’s skin and collecting in the oil glands under the skin. From there, the drug dispenses slowly over time, protecting the cat.

 

When applying these types of medications, you want to be careful not to get it on your skin or in your eyes. The fur in the area between the shoulder blades should be separated, to find the skin below. Apply the liquid directly to the skin instead of to the fur. Wash your hands after handling these medications (or wear disposable gloves so there is no skin contact at all). Label instructions should always be followed carefully. Keep your cat indoors and watch him/her for about 30 minutes following application. Children and other animals should be kept apart while the medication is absorbing. This is especially important if you have more than one cat, since a cat may accidentally ingest the medication while grooming the other (treated) cat.

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Adverse reactions to these medications are rare, but do occur. Possible side effects can include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, panting, and trembling. Some cats can have an allergic reaction to these types of medications, similar to the reaction seen with ivermectin. Hair loss at the application site has also been reported.

 

Other Heartworm Medication Safety Tips

 

Here are just a few more basic tips to consider when giving your cat heartworm preventives:

 

  • Check with your veterinarian for the proper dosage and type of medication to give your cat, before giving it.
  • Read all labels carefully before use.
  • Do not allow medications near the reach of children or pets (it is best to keep these medications in a locked cabinet).
  • Watch your cat for side effects and call your veterinarian to report any problems.
  • Do not give your cat more than one heartworm preventive medication at a time.
  • Ask the veterinarian if your cat requires heartworm preventive all year long. This is an especially practical approach in warmer climates, where mosquitoes are always present.

 

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mites

Any type of arachnid excluding ticks

hives

Swellings under the skin that can be caused by food allergies or anything else

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