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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: Aug 23, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worms and fleas

Question:Our 1st kitten ever what is the best dewormer and flea meds our family is on a very very tight budget but he will become my therapy animal so would like to have a good meds for worms and fleas plz

Answer:As your kitten goes through it's kitten vaccine series, your veterinarian will usually give a routine dewormer (like pyrantel pamoate) about every 3 weeks to get routine intestinal parasites like hookworms and roundworms. Have a fecal sample analyzed at some point to be sure your kitten doesn't have any other, less common, intestinal parasites that may need a different dewormer. I probably like Revolution for flea prevention in cats because it is a good heartworm preventative for them as well.

Date: Aug 21, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tapeworms

Question:My dogs (3 labs) all have tapeworms. We saw the segments within their stools. Is there a medication we can get online to treat them?

Answer:Yes, you don't need a prescription for many products like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Dog+Worms+3-prod11092.html

Date: Aug 17, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: worm meds for puppy

Question:My puppy was at vet and given worm meds, he's eating and drinking but as soon as he does this, he vomits. Does he need a few days to get meds to help him feel better,? I understand he will get dehydrated if not esting or drinking, so even though he's not keeping it all down, should dehydration b a concern.

Answer:I wouldn't give him days if he can't hold anything down - call the veterinarian that dewormed him and did a physical on him. Most dewormers don't make them vomit - they usually help, unless they are vomiting for another reason and they gave the dewormer to see if it would help.

Date: Aug 13, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Multiple cat solution needed

Question: I have multiple outdoor cats and need a wormer that kills both round and flat worms. They will not take pills soI need a liquid with a dropper possible. Some of my cats are feral kittens I raised that will let me pet them but will not allow me to put them in a carrier and take them to the vet so I have to have something I can give to them at home.

Answer:Fenbendazole will get round worms and tape worms. It's pretty easy to find and should be over-the-counter at most pet stores or Tractor Supply stores. There is also a really good topical but you would need a prescription from your veterinarian for it called Profender. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Profender+Cat+Wormer-prod11220.html?Ntt=Profender+Cat+Wormer

Date: Aug 11, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: tapeworm treatment while on heartguard

Question:I am 99.9% sure the worm segments I saw in my pets stool today is that of a tapeworm. I am wondering #1, how that is possible since I was told that heartguard not only helps prevent heartworm but also helps to prevent intestinal parasites as well. But my more important question is, the dewormer i typically use contains both pyrantel & praziquantel. I think it has more of the 1st ingridient but still has both & have seemed to have had luck w it in the past, do you think this combo dewormer product would suffice? i know the latter, praziquantel is the one I want, but there are limited options as far as stores here, & this is what I am able to find, so, would this do the job? Thank you.

Answer:Heartgard does not claim to prevent all intestinal parasites - it is not labeled for tape worms. Be sure the product that you are using has adequate strength (in mg) of Praziquatel - compare it to a product that we know works like Droncit - here is a link so you can compare strengths: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Droncit-prod10072.html

Date: Aug 9, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Indoor cat

Question:How does a cat that has never been outside get works I just found in his feces?

Answer:The only 2 kinds of worms you can see in a cats feces are round worms and tape worms. As long as he was properly dewormed as a kitten for round worms that they get from their mother, it is more than likely a tape worm. They get tape worms from swallowing a flea - you may not even see the flea - cats are quick, fastidious groomers and can swallow them before you see them. They can also get tape worms from eating rodents. A broad spectrum dewormer like Drontal will kill both types of worms. Here is a link if you want to read about it and/or order it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal-prod10073.html

Date: Aug 3, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Do I need a prescription from the vet

Question:Do I need a prescription from my vet

Answer:Are you seeing worms in your dogs' stool? If so, as long as s/he's feeling fine, you don't need a prescription. There are only 2 types of worms you can see : round worms look like long white spaghetti and tapeworms look like short, flat pieces of rice. An over-the-counter dewormer like Drontal Plus will get both. Here is a link if want to read about and/or order it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+Plus-prod10346.html

Date: Jul 26, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: medicine

Question:Why can't you give Cestex for puppies under 7 weeks? My puppy will be 7 weeks on Friday but his tapeworms are bad. Is it okay to give it to him 36 hours early?

Answer:Be sure you are treating tapeworms - round worms are more common at that age and many products are labeled for puppies less than 7 weeks of age for round worms. Without seeing your puppy, I can't recommend that you give a product off label like that, so it's probably better to either see your veterinarian or wait.

Date: Jul 22, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Deworming

Question:Hello doctor I m an owner of a labrador pup roughly 55-60 days of age. I m afraid i failed to deworm him again after giving him the dewormer drops when he was 40-42 days old. Now i see live worms(white in colour) in his poop. He doesn't show any sign of illness though. What should i do? Waiting for a solution Thank you

Answer:There are the only 2 worms you will see with the naked eye: roundworms look like long white spaghetti and tapeworms look like short white rice. There are many dewormers that get both if you are unsure like Drontal Plus. Deworm again in 3 weeks to get the entire life cycle (of the round worm). Here is a link if you want to read about Drontal: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+Plus-prod10346.html

Date: Jul 21, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: health issues

Question:How effective is Drontal Plus for worms and how quick does it work?

Answer:It is very effective for the types of worms that it is labeled to work on. It will usually work in the first 0-3 days. Some dewormers need to be repeated at various intervals depending on the type(s) of worm(s) your dog has.

Date: Jul 15, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: DeWorming necessary

Question:Is deworming needed every three months even when Heartgard and Advantage II are given regularly?

Answer:If your dog was dewormed as a puppy and is on Heartgard and Advantage II, they shouldn't need additional dewormers unless you are seeing worms. If you do see worms when they have had all of that they are almost certainly tapeworms. You would need to deworm for tapeworms if/when you see them.

Date: Jul 12, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: pooping with blood and vomiting

Question:what should i do when my puppy was pooping with blood and vomiting...

Answer:Take him to your veterinarian - once they start vomiting, it is hard to get them to hold down any oral medications you could give at home. Worms are a possibility, but so are other things like parvovirus and toxins, which can be life-threatening. Even some intestinal parasites (worms) can be life-threatening, but are usually easy to treat if caught early enough.

Date: Jul 8, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worms

Question:What's the best dewormer for dogs? I'm pretty sure my dog has round worms. We just got her from the Dallas Animal Shelter and noticed she has worms in her stool. We've also found dried up little rice-looking things in our bed when she sleeps with us. Can we get these worms from her? If so, how would we get rid of them?

Answer:There are many dewormers available that work fine. You need one for roundworms and tapeworms (rice-looking things), so a broad spectrum dewormer that has pyrantel pamoate & praziquatel will cover both. You will need to deworm again in 3 weeks to get the entire life cycle of the round worm. Here is a link to a product that has those active ingredients: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Dog+Worms+3-prod11092.html

Date: Jul 8, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worm meds

Question:I discovered that my dog has tapeworm. Yesterday I gave it a medicine from walmart called pet armour 7 way dewormer. Today I got a medicine from vet called drontal. Can I give my dog the vet medicine right away even though I just gave it a dose yesterday from walmart.

Answer:Good Question - Pet Armour actually has Praziquantel (which is the active ingredient in Drontal) so I actually wouldn't give them that close together or that may be too much praziquantal. To know for sure, call the 1-800 number on the Pet Armour 7 and/or Drontal's 1-800 number.

Date: Jul 8, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Rice

Question:That's the kind of worms my cat has. Which medication do I purchase for her an him

Answer:Those are tapeworms. They can get those from swallowing a flea (or hunting) so be sure to get rid of any fleas. Here is a product that will help get rid of the tapeworms: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Bayer+Expert+Care+Tapeworm+Dewormer+Tablets+for+Cats-prod11772.html


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