November 20, 2008
Marshall County Humane Society News
Dangers of heartworms in cats
Most people are aware of the danger to dogs from heartworms, but what about cats?
Cats get heartworms in the same way dogs do; from a bite from a mosquito that has previously bitten an infected animal.
Because of the difficulties in testing, the incidence of heartworms in cats has been hard to determine. Also, there is no drug approved for treating heartworms in cats. The same drug used on dogs has been used but has side-effects in cats. Since the heartworms live in the heart and pulmonary arteries leading to the lungs, once the worms die they may block the tiny arteries and cause sudden death.
Since there are potentially fatal side-effects of using the canine drug on cats the symptoms, rather than the cause, may be treated with the hope that the cat will outlive the heartworms which usually survive in a cat for about two years.
It is commonly recognized that dogs should be on heartworm prevention year-round. Dogs’ immune systems do not recognize heartworms as foreign bodies and so do not produce antigens to fight them. On the other hand, cats (and humans) do produce the antigen to fight heartworms in their pre-larva stage. Usually if the heartworms in cats reach maturity the cat already had a weakened immune system.
Cats usually have fewer and smaller worms than dogs, the worms do not live nearly as long (two to three years in cats, five to seven years in dogs) and far fewer reach maturity (0 percent to 25 percent in cats compared to 40 percent to 90 percent in dogs).
According to Bob Drenton, DVM in Columbia, South Carolina, “The extreme southern states are a natural haven for heartworms and the numbers of cats that die from mature heartworms are very rare, less than 2 percent.”
Symptoms of heartworms in cats are coughing and rapid breathing and/or weight loss and vomiting but these are also symptoms of several other problems. If you notice these symptoms in your cat you should take it to your full service veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment. For an appointment at the Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, call 662-252-6196.
For information on adoptions, fostering or anything else about our Humane Society, call 662-564-2900. Correspondence and donations should be sent to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - November 19, 1998
Memphis St. gas station total loss in Tuesday fire
A Memphis Street service station was a total loss after fire engulfed the building when fuel from a gasoline tank ignited. Holly Springs Fire Chief Kenny Holbrook said that employees of Street’s Chevron Station were working on a car when a fuel tank fell loose spilling gas onto the floor. At the same time, a drop light fell, breaking the bulb, which ignited the gas.
Lee Eric Smith, son of Mayor and Mrs. Eddie Smith of Holly Springs, has published a provocative new book, “Is There Sex In Heaven? And Other Hard Questions For the Man Upstairs.” Smith hopes the book will talk about something they’re afraid to -- their beliefs.
Library loses dear friend
The Marshall County Library will miss one of its dearest friends and supporters, Ruth Bobbitt French, who died Nov. 9. She was a trustee for many years and recently was secretary of the Friends of the Library.
25 Years Ago - November 17, 1983
Cancer Society has organizational meeting
The Marshall County unit of the American Cancer Society held an organizational meeting at the Marshall County Library. Members of the board and elected officers are Charles King, Hallie Chatham, Verna McAlexander, Gertrude McAlexander, Eleanor Crawford, Katherine Keller, Sara McClatchy, Beth Fitch, Laurie Simpson, Lucy Carpenter and Jo Ann Miller, area director, of Oxford.
Pilots place veterans’ wreath
Members of the Pilot Club of Holly Springs placed a wreath on the veterans memorial on the Holly Springs square in observance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Nancy Hutchens, Sallye Ball Clayton, Sidney Seale Morgan and Billie Holbrook placed the wreath.
Board of Aldermen asked to buy leased property at county-city airport
Representatives of the Holly Springs Marshall County Airport Commission appeared before the board to request help in the purchase of leased airport property and buildings, owned by George Bishop, who wishes to sell his lease and improvements.
50 Years Ago - November 13, 1958
An Open Letter
Of course there is no doubt as to what this writer is thinking. I am sure you know how heavy my heart is this morning. Perhaps this day, November 11, is good, in that it causes us to stop and remember. My heart is heavy for every mother and father who has walked the road of sacrifice and given of their sons and daughters to war. How sad they must be on this day. Will you, dear Lord, wrap your arms about them, walk with them and make them know You have the solution? How are Hines and Jack these days? Has Hines started a basketball team yet? I remember my last conversation with Jack, he coming in and telling me he was going to go fight. I remember getting the telegram from his mother, telling me he had fallen, somewhere on the Burma road. My heart is also in that grave. Tell those two guys and all the others like them, that “Old Coach” just ain’t no poet, but J.J. Metcalfe is and he sends my message for me...
I walk among the flowers and the flags on graves today. And say a prayer for every cross I see along the way. I cannot help my tears as I remember those who died... Who gave their all to end the war they hoped would be the last... I see the flowers and the flags and as I go among the graves, I cry a little more.
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