- Jun 14, 2019
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We give Blossom Advantage Multi for protection against fleas and heartworm, as well as a couple other things. In July we went out of town, and our neighbor watched Blossom. We didn’t ask her to apply the medication because we didn’t want to burden her or have her possibly do it incorrectly (we’re very careful about making sure it’s in the exact middle of her shoulders so she doesn’t lick it.)
As a result, we applied it a few weeks late. The other day, Blossom started coughing and looking like she had to vomit. It was the middle of the night, so we took her to an emergency vet. She stopped coughing (and started piteously meowing) as soon as we got her in the carrier.
The vet did not mention heartworm at all: he diagnosed it as a “possible hairball” and did x-rays to make sure there was no blockage. The x-rays were perfect, but I’m not sure if heartworm would even show up on x-rays.
She has not coughed at all since, and has been behaving normally. Her eating seems to fluctuate day by day, with her eating less on hotter days (we’re near Fresno, California where it’s going to be 111F this week.) She has not lost weight nor become lethargic, beyond how she normally is on hot days.
She is one year old and completely indoor, with the exception of our screened “catio.” Occasionally a mosquito gets in the catio or the house, but not often. And this is the first time we’ve been late in giving her the medication.
Any advice, especially if it is reassuring, would be appreciated!