Hello, friends! Let me begin by yet again apologizing for the late post. I didn't intend for any of my April A to Z Challenge posts to go up late, or really for any posts to go up late. If I'm going to give myself an excuse, I had a stubborn migraine for the past two days, and I honestly thought I had prepped this post, but apparently I hadn't. But, here it is now.
Now, let's finally get to today's contribution for the A to Z Challenge.
Happy Caturday, friends!
P.S. I apologize for the lack of cats in this CATurday art. Though, the Barking Beast is technically part leopard and lion. Does that count?
As we said yesterday, April is Heartworm Awareness Month. For this reason, we are repeating a series of heartworm tips. Our second tip relating to heartworms is to know the potential symptoms. Since heartworms can affect the heart and lungs, early symptoms can often resemble those of asthma. Coughing and a lack of desire or an inability to exercise are commonly seen. Other potential signs of heartworm disease include decreased appetite, weight loss, and vomiting. The more severe the heartworm infection, and the longer it is present, the more pronounced the symptoms may be. Severe cases may also involve fluid buildup in the abdomen, as well as acute symptoms of pulmonary or cardiac failure, often due to heartworms causing a blockage. If you have any concerns that your cat or dog might have heartworms, seek veterinary care as soon as possible.