Double Defense Against Heartworm and Feeding Cats on Steve Dale's Pet World


I’m thinking about mosquitoes that carry heartworm, so I talk with “Dr. Flea,” veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, HERE on my WGN Radio Show, Steve Dale’s Pet World.

As the weather warms, fleas are hopping into our lives, and mosquitoes begin to buzz about. The Centers for Disease Control has been all about directly dealing with the vector—the mosquito—when offering preventive tips for people regarding illnesses that mosquitoes carry and spread. Now, the Companion Animal Parasite Council, American Animal Hospital Association, and American Heartworm Society have also jumped on board with this idea of a “Double Defense,” or multimodal approach, to protecting dogs from heartworm disease, which is carried by mosquitoes.

The neat thing about Vectra 3D is that it effectively kills fleas and ticks and also includes a mosquito repellent, which kills mosquitos instantly as they go to bite the dog. Without a mosquito to bite, a dog can’t get heartworm. When this is combined with traditional heartworm preventives, and both are used properly, it’s next to impossible for a dog to contract heartworm.

Infographic from American Heartworm Society

Also on the show: What do you feed a cat? Dr. Deb Greco, senior research scientist at Purina, says cats need protein. That’s not news to stop the presses, but it’s definitely important.

Greco returned from South Africa to study the African wild cat, a progenitor of today’s domestic cat, to learn not only what the species eats but also how they eat.

Purina One True Instinct responded to what Greco and her team have learned about wild and domestic cats over the years. Food texture is really important to cats. And, preferences may vary from cat to cat. Many cats, given the opportunity, enjoy various textures.

Try it; you’ll like it… well, your cat may like it. And, it’s FREE. Purina One True Instinct—try it here.

How do you know it’s right for your cat? Dr. Greco answers.

Nearly everything we know about cats was learned through research once funded by the nonprofit Winn Feline Foundation. For example, at one time veterinarians were treating diabetic cats more like people with diabetes, which wasn’t right. And, it was funding from the Winn Feline Foundation that supported Dr. Greco, who proved that increased protein, lower carbs, weight loss, and increase in metabolism can actually put diabetic cats on insulin into remission. This is one example of many thousands.

Currently, Winn funding is finding answers for feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), which was thought to be impossible to cure, as well as research regarding usage of stem cells, treatments for cancers and kidney disease, and much more. A free PDF, called 50 Years of Advancing Feline Medicine: Helping Every Cat Every Day is available to download (or, you can pay $5 to cover shipping costs for a copy of the book).