How are heartworms transmitted?
I'm concerned about this as we have had to move in with my in-laws. They have two dogs that they don't take to the vet often and both have heartworms and I'm not 100% sure they're given their medicine. Here's the issue, can it be transmitted via drinking bowls? They have a "community" water bowl as the water source for the two dogs and their one cat. We have individual bowls for our two cats and keep them filled, but for some reason they sometimes decide to drink out of the "community" bowl. I know that this concern sounds like some of the early AIDS worries (can I get it from drinking fountain) but I'm concerned about the health of my pets as the in-laws are not.
The evil cat...Their cat seems to "torment" or "stalk" our two cats and there is much hissing. Their cat will actually stand her ground in the hallway and force our cats to stay in our bedroom (which is where their water is) and this "stalking" has caused the cats to occasionally drop their poop on our floor or bed. I don't know if the dropping issue could also do with the fact that their cat doesn't eat all of her food. Therefore, since our cats will eat anything in front of them, even though we feed them the proper amounts of food, they figure they have a snack.

We discourage this behavior anytime we catch them with their paw in the cookie jar, but I don't know if this is messing with their digestive system. The other bad thing is the carpet is old and the dark green kind that has light and dark brown colors in the fabric. We've stepped in many a dropping. I'm not a violent person, but if I was, their cat would be on the top of my list.
circa Tue, 16 Dec 2003 21:55:08 -0600, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, No1 (Email Removed) said,
How are heartworms transmitted? I'm concerned about this as we have had to move in with my in-laws. They have ... I get it from drinking fountain) but I'm concerned about the health of my pets as the in-laws are not.

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos- I don't know if they can be transmitted via water bowls, although I suspect it's unlikely. With that said, there is no treatment for heartworm in cats, only prevention. It probably wouldn't hurt to talk to your vet about giving your cats heartworm preventative medication.
The evil cat... Their cat seems to "torment" or "stalk" our two cats and there is much hissing. Their cat ... dropping. I'm not a violent person, but if I was, their cat would be on the top of my list.

Okay, just so I'm clear- your cats are eating evil cat's leftover food, not, um, "droppings", right? Evil cat sounds like she's pretty territorial, and yes, that could definitely cause your cats to eliminate in your room. I'm guessing that you don't have a choice about moving into your in-laws' home, so it sounds like you're looking to make the best of it, which is all you can do.

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How are heartworms transmitted?

By mosquitos.
I'm concerned about this as we have had to move in with my in-laws. They have two dogs that they ... heartworms and I'm not 100% sure they're given their medicine. Here's the issue, can it be transmitted via drinking bowls?

No, only from the bite of an infected mosquito.
They have a "community" water bowl as
the water source for the two dogs and their one cat. We have individual bowls for our two cats and ... I get it from drinking fountain) but I'm concerned about the health of my pets as the in-laws are not.

Your cats cannot get heartworm from the dogs. However, if the dogs have heartworms it means there are infected mosquitos in the area, and you should consider giving your cats a heartworm preventative such as Revolution or Heartgard.
Your cats cannot get heartworm from the dogs. However, if the dogs have heartworms it means there are infected mosquitos in the area, and youshould consider giving your cats a heartworm preventative such as Revolution or Heartgard.

Thanks for the tip. Does anyone know if there are companies or anything that provide assistance to "low-income" families with pets? My wife and I are both currently unemployed and a vet and medicine bill would not help matters. But what needs to be done, needs to be done.
Thanks for the tip. Does anyone know if there are companies or anything that provide assistance to "low-income" families with ... and a vet and medicine bill would not help matters. But what needs to be done, needs to be done.

Check with your local humane society. Ours has many programs for low- income families, including low-cost pay/neuter and vaccinations.

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Revolution or

Heartgard.

Thanks for the tip. Does anyone know if there are companies or anything that provide assistance to "low-income" families with ... and a vet and medicine bill would not help matters. But what needs to be done, needs to be done.

Well, I don't know whether your vet would be willing to do this ours does, however. If you order online, from some place like 1800PetMeds.com, they say all they need is your vet's name and phone number and your pet's name, and they will call and get the prescription for you. I don't think most vets would charge to give out the prescription, but it's possible. A six month supply of Heartgard for Cats 5-15 lbs costs between $20-26 online. You only give it once a month. I realize you have two cats to treat, but if you can get the Heartgard without visiting the vet, it wouldn't be all that expensive. Revolution is more expensive than Heartgard.
The evil cat... Their cat seems to "torment" or "stalk" our two cats and there is much hissing. Their cat ... their water is) and this "stalking" has caused the cats to occasionally drop their poop on our floor or bed.

Can you put a litter box in your bedroom for your cats and keep the door shut? Some of the better litters have excellent odor control and a deep storage box from Walmart should cost under $5. Put it under a desk or vanity if you can.
BarB
Check with your local humane society. Ours has many programs for low- income families, including low-cost pay/neuter and vaccinations. ~kaeli~

Absolutely. If your local society doesn't have a program, they will know who does. It's not unusual for us to have people who are experiencing a rough time financially to come to us. We help in whatever way we can; we have at times made a deal with a vet to get reduced-cost care, and helped pay for it, and also give away a lot of food when the pet owner is having a hard time buying it. Good luck. Humane Societies are all about helping pets stay with the people who love them.
Sherry