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Ask the Vet About Worms in Dogs and Cats

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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Mar 23, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Meds for worms in dogs

Question:I have a 9 year old Shih Tzu. Today I saw aa worm in his stool. Monthly he has Revolution meds. What can I give him for the worms in his stoolife? He just had a complete check up in February and overall is well.

Answer:The only 2 worms you can see in his feces are roundworms and tapeworms. Roundworms look like long spaghetti and are more rounded. Tapeworms look like short pieces of rice and are more flattened. You could deworm for both, but it's ideal to take the worm to whoever did his checkup in February and they can tell you what it is and give you some medicine for it.

Date: Mar 15, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medicine

Question:My puppy weighs about 3 or 4 lbs. & my son gave her for a 6lb dog. She is laying around, not eating & throwing up.

Answer:It entirely depends on the medication (active ingredient) that you gave her. Most oral dewormers that are labeled for dogs and over-the-counter, will not cause this with a slight over dose.

Date: Mar 13, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cestex Vs Droncit

Question:I have a cat with tapeworms and heightened liver enzymes (tested a few weeks ago). We would like to deworm her but worry about the effects the wormer may have on her liver. Is there a "safer" option between cestex and droncit when it comes to the liver?

Answer:That is a really good question and sent me on a good research quest because I forget exactly how both drugs are metabolized. They are both very safe, so we rarely worry about it, except in cases like your cat. I'm leaning toward Cestex for your cat for these 2 reasons (1) Cestex (Epsiprantel) acts directly on the tapeworm. Since it is minimally absorbed following oral administration, epsiprantel remains at the site of action within the gastrointestinal tract. and (2) Droncit® (praziquantel) is absorbed, metabolized in the liver and excreted in the bile. (You should probably still contact your veterinarian because he/she knows your cat and her latest liver enzyme elevations, etc much better than I do.)

Date: Mar 9, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog heart wormer missed

Question:missed heart wormer 6 days late can i still give it

Answer:Yes, you can give it if you are only 6 days late.

Date: Feb 24, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: My cat vomiting even after Cerenia

Question:My cat Roxie has been vomiting for about 3 weeks now. First vet visit she vomited a thick phlegm/mucus and looked week. After she had fluids she vomited a huge hairball. She was fine a week after this incident. Then she began vomiting again. She can't keep her food down or even water. X-rays & bloodwork came back great with no signs of blockage. After our 5th visit the vet said she could have a stomach ulcer and was prescribed with Cerenia shots, Sucralfate, Flagyl, Famotidine and prednisolone. After the medications she would eat little as she was all drugged up. She never lost her appetite and remained the same, I even play with her and she's fine. Can you please help as to why she's still vomiting??

Answer:You should see veterinary specialist or internist in your area who can review workup to date and likely perform abdominal ultrasound to evaluate pancreas, intestines, etc as well as possible endoscopic exam of stomach and digestive tract for possible biopsies of stomach or intestinal lining to see if any ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, or cancer of digestive tract exists. That workup will guide conventional therapy. Another option is to consult with a homeopathic vet like myself. To learn more about this see www.doctordym.com as well as www.drpitcairn.com Many homeopathic vets offer phone consultations nationwide.

Date: Feb 21, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: white worms in stoll

Question:I see worms occasionally in stool.I gave her worm treatment 2 weeks ago.she is a10yr old beagle daushound mix.

Answer:There are only 2 types of worms you can see in their stool: roundworms and tapeworms. Roundworms look like long white spaghetti and are more round than flat. Tapeworms look like short pieces of white rice and are more flattened. We see roundworms a lot more in the puppies and tapeworms would be more common in 10 year old dogs. They are both pretty easy to deworm for but if you dewormed her with something for roundworms 2 weeks ago, you'll need to use something for tapeworms. Be sure you are using a quality product and make sure you are dosing her correctly too.

Date: Feb 15, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: type of deworming meds to use

Question:I have a Schnauzer and a Terrier mix. the Schnauzer was diagnosed with worms last year. Terrier mix did not have worms. How do I determine what kind of worm medicine to purchase? Heartworms or one for intestinal worms? How often should I give the meds to the dog, every 3 months or once a year? Do I give both dogs the medication even though the Terrier mix tested negative at that time?

Answer:These are all very good questions - but it entirely depends on what kind of worm your Schnauzer was diagnosed with because you deworm differently with totally different medications for different worms (Ex: just once for tapeworms, twice spaced out by 3-4 weeks for hooks and rounds, I like to deworm 3 different times for whipworms at 3 week and 3 month intervals, etc etc). Whoever diagnosed your Schnauzer can help you determine what course is best - it's usually fine(and recommended) to deworm the dog that tested negative that is in constant with the other one, but again - it entirely depends on the type of worm.

Date: Feb 13, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worms

Question:My 3 month old puppy has worms. Some seemed to be alive and others seemed like they were dead. We don't have a lot of money to see a vet so what should we do? we also have other dogs, how can we stop and prevent them from getting worms?

Answer:I would worm all the puppies with broad spectrum wormer against round and hookworms which are the most common parasites in puppies this age with wormer like pyrantel, strongid or nemex, which are all the same wormer. You can likely get a version of this from 1800petmeds and/or local feed store. i would worm puppies every 3 weeks for two or three times, however puppies should be evaluated at local vet for other conditions and/or possibly vaccinated for diseases like parvo virus, which are health threats to puppies this age

Date: Feb 6, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication

Question:I'm pretty sure my toy poodle, age 11, has roundworm. They are visible in her feces, with no blood present. She is still eating and drinking and was just noticed 2 days ago. I am trying to find a GOOD, but CHEAP dewormer for her that treats ALL worms. Due to my financial situation, I am unable to take her to the vet, so I am going to go ahead and purchase the medication and treat her. I am looking for a dewormer that treats them ALL, any suggestions? Thank you, God bless.

Answer:Hi Shana, We definitely want to get the worms treated. Completely understand that you are unable to see a Veterinarian at this moment. 1800Petmeds has a variety of medication that you can buy and they do not require a prescription. Shanna Harris, Veterinary Technician

Date: Feb 1, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: How to treat multiple

Question:We have 11 barn cats. They all have tape worm, what is a cheep effective way to treat them.

Answer:Hi Sharon, There are multiple worm medications available over-the-counter. You may want to shop around and see where you can find the best deal. Tiffany Vet Assistant

Date: Jan 29, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Think my cat has round worm

Question:My car threw up and there was a long stringy moving thing I think is a worm. Maybe a round worm what can I do

Answer:Hi, Would recommend that you see a vet so that they can make a diagnosis of what kind of worm and choose a medication and dosage to treat the problem. Dr. P. Mottishaw, Veterinarian

Date: Jan 26, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: feaces

Question:My dogs feaces has dried hard stuff that looks like shells

Answer:I'd have to see it to say for sure, but it may just be something s/he is eating in the yard (or in his/her food) that isn't digestable. It could be tape worms - we usually say they look like pieces of rice but they can look like sesame seeds. The only 2 worms you can see in their feces are tape worms and round worms - round worms look like long pieces of spaghetti, so it doesn't sound like those.

Date: Jan 24, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat has white worms in poop

Question:What do I do from here far getting MED for her can I just buy worm meds from pet store

Answer:Hi, you can purchase over the counter deworming medication, yes. Tapeworms are also carried by fleas, so it is important to control fleas as well with a good quality flea preventative, also available from 1800-Pet-Meds.

Date: Jan 21, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Spit out half his medicine

Question:Hello we just got our 8 week old Labrador retriever yesterday. The Breeder provided us w a liquid syringe of " dewormer" and said to give it to him tody 1-21-17 she said he also had a dose on 1-19-17. We did this and he spit have the medicine out. However, he is now pooping out worms. Did this work? What should I do? We have kids and two other pets I do not want them to catch this and I don't want our new puppy to be infested as I heard it can be dangerous. Thanks so much

Answer:He probably got enough wormer so further dosing is likely not needed, however check with your local vet who examined him or bring him to your local vet to assess him to see if further dosing needed. A stool sample should be checked to determine the exact type of worms present, which will guide the specific therapy

Date: Jan 16, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: deworming with two different brands

Question:I have a roundworm dewormed and a separate tapeworm dewornr. Can I use both at same time? Or should I do it with space between. How long if so

Answer:I like to space dose between wormers by one week


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