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Ask the Vet About Worms in Dogs and Cats

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Ask the Vet About How Do Dogs and Cats Get Worms?
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: Jun 26, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sick 8 wk old puppy.

Question:My 8 wk old pup was losing weight so I wormed him acoording to lb. directions. Within 2 days he had more significant weight loss, became lethargic, running fever, trembling, some vomiting, no diarrhea, but very wek. I am keeping him hydrated with gator-aid which he drinks willingly and even ate a few bites today. But he is just so sick and week. I cant afford a vet and have always vetted my animals. The breeder says pup ha 1st shot, but I don't believe it. He has been sick now for aprox 4 to 5 days. It doesn't look like parvo, seems to me to fit symptoms of parasite infestation, but he got sick right after I wormed him so now I am afraid to do it again so soon. Your opinion please?

Answer:If the puppy nursed off of his mother, 8 weeks is really early to be showing signs of parvo, but it is certainly a possibility. There isn't one dewormer that gets all worms so you really need to have a fecal done on him and figure out what kind of worms he might have - coccidia is one possibility and they are easy to diagnose and treat.

Date: Jun 22, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ringworms

Question:I have a kitten that has ringworms, what do u recommend that we use for it please?

Answer:Have your veterinarian check her to see if she needs systemic (oral) medication vs topical medication. Most kittens need oral medication to fully get rid of it.

Date: Jun 19, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat ate lizards, now emaciated

Question:What can I use to worm my cat if it ate lots of lizards and then got real skinny? I've tried worming him with roundworm otc dewormer to no success...

Answer:Try a dewormer that deworms for tapeworms if he hunts a lot. Make sure it says "tapeworms" because a lot of routine (like kitten) dewormers don't get tapeworms.

Date: Jun 15, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Pregnant cat

Question:My cat is pregnant due soon . I noticed a worm in her stool is it alright to give her worm meds ? Also can I put flea medication on her ?

Answer:It entirely depends on the dewormer - make sure it is labeled for pregnant females - some are and are a good idea to give. Exact same deal with flea medication - make sure they are labeled for pregnant females.

Date: Jun 13, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: worms medicatons

Question:my dog has warms we did over the counter medication it worked but it seems to have come back and I cant afford a vet bill at the moment. what should I give my dog?

Answer:There are only 2 types of worms you can see in your dog's feces: roundworms and tapeworms. For roundworms, you have to deworm at least twice at ~ 3 week intervals to get the entire life cycle of the roundworm. They get tapeworms by swallowing a flea so if they swallow another one you will see them again, so you have to get rid of the fleas or you will continue to see them. Go ahead and deworm them again if you are seeing either again.

Date: Jun 7, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Preventative

Question:Hey so we were told to get de worm for our cats and we attempted to and the vets declined. How do we get the medicine even if we aren't apart of that vet for our cats but our dog

Answer:Most dewormers are over-the-counter. If you are deworming for a worm you are seeing: roundworms look like long white spaghetti and tapeworms look like short white rice. These are the only 2 worms you will see with the naked eye a cats feces.

Date: May 31, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Haven't Treated My Cat for Worms

Question:My cat has been vomiting a little lately and seems to have low energy and is uncomfortable. I would like to de-worm him and was wondering if I should use something like Panacur. Would it be good to treat him with more than one type of medicine to run the gamut of possible worms? He is 6 years old and has been pretty strong and healthy so far. He does go outside every day and has caught the occasional mouse/bird. I look forward to your reply! Mike

Answer:You certainly can try the combination of the excellent broad spectrum wormer such as Panacure AND proziquantel, the latter taking care of the tapeworms. If there is no help in the vomiting, however than your pet needs a full workup at the local vet including blood work and possibly x rays to sort possible causes out

Date: May 28, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worm medicine

Question:Does Hartguard prevent against all types of worms? When I got my dog in March I had him tested and he was free from all type of worms. However, I recently caught him eating someż I think it was cat poop in my backyard and it was loaded with worms. What should I treat him with or is it necessary? I was wondering if there was one medicine that treats all types. I do not know if he has worms I just was shocked that he was eating that and it had worms in it.

Answer:There are only 2 types of worms that are visible in cat feces: roundworms and tapeworms. Your Heartguard should keep him from getting roundworms and to complete the tapeworm cycle, he would have to ingest a flea (or eat an infected rodent), so you don't need to deworm him right now - just keep an eye on his feces. We all usually recommend a fecal sample about once yearly, so be sure to do that.

Date: May 21, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: praziquantel

Question:It is praziquantel safe for a pregnant cat. The vet just send us to the drug store to get it

Answer:Praziquantel is fine to use in a pregnant animal. Very safe wormer

Date: May 17, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Recommended Dewormer for cats

Question:My three cats live indoors, but they do go outside for maybe 10 minutes every other day or so. They prefer to stay inside. I live in Buckley, Washington. Which type of dewormer do you recommend for my cats, in this climate?

Answer:There are different kinds of worms that are treated differently and there isn't a perfect broad spectrum dewormer really so what we usually do is a fecal exam annually and ask that you keep an eye on their stools for worms (or diarrhea). If you have a cat(s) that hunts a lot I would recommend deworming for tapeworms a couple times a year.

Date: May 10, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: round worm in feces

Question:i currently found roundworm in my cats feces. I bought 3 pills of the drontal yesterday to treat her three times. do you think that will do the trick? when we first adopted her in January they found a parasite that is found from eating lizards, ( im not sure what dewormer was prescribed, but it was given two days in a row and a week or two later another two days in a row ) we did another fecal and it came back ok. I dont understand how my cat is a indoor only cat and has worms to this extent after being treated. I just want to make sure we do it correctly this time. thank you so much

Answer:Drontal should do the trick - be sure you are dosing her correctly based on her body weight. Deworm now and repeat in 3 weeks to get the life cycle of a roundworm.

Date: Apr 28, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: what medication?

Question:Had a stray dog that had puppies. Pups must of had worms from birth. Pups poop had 2 inch worms coming out of it. I quickly rushed them to the pound to be treated. Now im afraid my dogs have them and my cat just gave birth to 6 kittens how do i protect them??

Answer:Those are round worms and they are really easy to get rid of, even with over-the-counter dewormers. If your dogs are on heartworm preventative, most will keep them from getting them but if they aren't just deworm all of them once and repeat the dosage in 3 weeks to cover all of the potential lifecycles of the round worms. (Same for the cats and kittens, just make sure the dewormer is labeled for dogs and cats and use the appropriate dosage for everybody)

Date: Apr 23, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Rid worm liquid medicine

Question:How long does it take for the rid worm liquid medicine to start working? Will it be several bowel movements before there rid of worms? It is a outdoor cat who have adopted us, We feed it daily it comes in and out of our home. Will not go in a litter box.. I want to know when it will be safe to allow him to sleep in our house again? Will it cause diarrhea? Thank You Carol

Answer:He will poop them out over about 2 days. Sometimes is causes diarrhea but most of the time it does not. Be sure to deworm him again in 3 weeks to get the entire life cycle of the most common intestinal parasites. Have him screened with a fecal at some point to check for other intestinal parasites that routine dewormers don't get.

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.


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