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Date: 11/07/16
Category: Heartworm Medicine
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Inside Animal

Question:My Cat Lives Inside 100% Of The Time. Would She Still Need Heart Worm Meds?

Answer:I Personally Dont Recommend Monthly Heartworm Meds In Indoor Only Cats, As It Is Rare For Cats To Develop Clinical Signs From Heartworms, Even In Pets That Go Outside.

Date: 11/04/16
Category: Heartworm Medicine
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kidney Disease

Question:Should Monthly Flea And Heart Worm Meds Be Discontinued After Diagnosis Of Kidney Disease?

Answer:That Decision Depends On Individualized Constitutional History Of The Pet, Age, As Well As Sensitivities, Etc. Speak With Your Local Vet On This. I Tend To Be More Conservative If Pet Has Chronic Kidney Disease, When Considering Pesticide Use.

Date: 11/03/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Roundworms

Question:Once My Dog Is Worm Free And I Put Them On A Preventative..... Is It Best/safe To Deform My Adult Dog Every 3 Months Even Thought The Dog Will Be On A Monthly Preventative? Thank You For Your Time.

Answer:I Personally Dont Routinely Overworm Dogs Like This For Roundworms. Most Of Time These Worms Occur In Young Puppies And Are Rare In Pets On Monthly Standard Heartworm Meds Which Also Control And Prevent Intestinal Worms As Well In Most Cases.

Date: 10/30/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worms In Puppies And How It Would Affect A Indoor Cat

Question:I Have A New Puppy Which I Have Been Told Has Round And Hookworms, I Am Treating The Puppy With Heartgard And It Is Working, I Am Wondering If I Need To Worry About My Cat, She Is Three Years Old And Is A Indoor Pet Only. Please Adivse And What I Should Do. Thank You

Answer:Cats This Are Much Less Susceptible, Especially If Cat Lives Inside And Uses A Litterbox Not Exposed To Puppy's Stool. In Any Event, Would Not Hurt To Broadly Worm The Cat With Pyrantel Or Nemex

Date: 10/23/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Liver Disease

Question:Which Heart Worm Medicine Is Safest For A Boston Terrior Dog Who Has Liver Disease And Taking S-adenosyl-l-methionine 200mg Since 2014. I Would Like A Second Opinion Please. She Ate Something Toxic And Was Treated 2014 But Blood Tests Continue To Show Liver Values Still Higher Than Normal But Stable. The Biopsy In 2014 Did Not Show Anything. Vet Said Maybe Needle Gage Was Too Small So Not Enough Tissue Was Taken.

Answer:All Of These Meds Have Potential Liver Toxicity No Matter What So The Old Adage, Pick Your Poison Truly Applies. Heartguard Has Been Around The Longest And May Be Worth A Look. You Can Also Look Into Herbal Heartworm Prevention From Biovance Company On The Website Www.fiestapetdeli.com

Date: 10/14/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worms In A Stray Cat

Question:We Have A Stray Cat That We Have Starting Feeding. He Has Worms Coming From Bottom. I Used Some Revolution On Him Last Month, But They Have Returned. What Is The Best Thing We Can Do To Get Rid Of The Worms From A Stray Cat

Answer:I Would Worm Broadly With Panacure C(ok To Use In Cats) Or Panacure Suspension From 1800petmeds, As Well As Praziquanatel, Which Is Also Wonderful For Tapeworms.

Date: 10/03/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My "nuthin"

Question:My Puppy Just Died She Was Very Sick And Ive Never A Puppy So Sick. They Did Sneak N The Neighbors Yard And Dig N Trash A Lot. She Got So Small She Was All Ribs..she Couldn't Hold Up Her Head..her Poop Was Bloody And Very Watery And It Smelled Like "death" Seriously. It Was Bad And Now Her Sister Is Going Through It..i Need Help As To What Is Who May Be Killing My Babies.

Answer:Lots Of Possibilities From Viruses Like Parvo To Severe Intestinal Hookworm Or Round Worm Infection To Poisoning.

Date: 09/29/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Roundworms

Question:My 3 Year Old Car Was Worm Free For 1 Year After We Adopted, She's Not An Outdoor Cat, And Stays In The Apartment But The Worms Continue To Appear In Intervals Every Few Weeks. We Got Over The Counter Liquid Medication. It Doesn't Seem To Work Anymore. What Meds Can I Give Her To Get Them Really Go Away?

Answer:Sounds Like Could Be Persistent Tapeworm Infection. I Would Try Praziquantel From 1800petmeds. If No Help, See Your Vet

Date: 09/22/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worms

Question:I Have 2 Dogs. My One Dog Keeps Getting Worms. I Treat It With Pancur, But It Still Comes Back. Like I Said Only My One Dog Not The Other. I Do Treat Them Both With Heart Guard And Frontline. Why Does This Keep Happening? What Should I Do? Thanks 🐕

Answer:It Could Be A Type Of Worm Not Treatable By Panacure Or Heartguard. For Example Tapeworms Are Not Killed By Either Of These. To Worm For Tapeworms You Will Need Med Like Praziquantel, However You Should See Your Vet For Evaluation And Proper Stool Check

Date: 09/19/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvovirus

Question:I Have A 3 Month Old Puppy (lab Mix). He Is Showing Signs Of Parvo Or Distemper In Not Sure...he Isn't Dehydrated (i Did The Skin Test) ..i Am On A Fixed Income And Cannot Afford The Vet(i Am Extremely Sad About This Fact) Is There Anything I Can Do To Help My Little Guy?...his Symptoms Are Greenish Discharge From His Eye And His A Bit Lathargic. .his Eating Well But Seems To Be Losing Wieght

Answer:You Could Worm Him With Broad Spectrum Wormer Like Panacure C From 1800petmeds, As Well As Get Him On Good Vitamins And Immune Boosters Like Dmg Liquid From 1800petmeds As Well As Pet Tabs Plus. Also Consider Herbal Immune Booster Olimune From Www.animalessentials.com See Vet If Signs Persist Or Worsen.

Date: 09/10/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Worm?

Question:Hi My Friend Just Adopted Her First Dog. The Shelter She Got Him At Wasnt The Best. Tonight She Noticed What She Thinks Was A Worm On His Hindquarters. It Was Small White And About A Cm Long. Also Her Dog Squats When He Pees, And Im Not Sure If That Is Normal? She's Very Nervous So Any Help Is Much Appreciated.

Answer:Sounds Like Innnocent Tapeworms. I Would Worm Her With Praziquantel, And If She Wanted Additional Worm Coverage Panacure C From 1800petmeds

Date: 09/07/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin Sores

Question:Our Vet Did A Cursory Look At An Old Dog Of Mine And Said He Had Cancer. Since Then The Sores Have Begun To Heal. I Was Wondering If The Dog Could Have Screw Worm Infestation. We Live In Rural With Cows Etc. The Sores Were Round . They Lumped Up And Then Burst.

Answer:I Have No Personal Experience Diagnosing Or Treating Screw Worms In Dogs. I Would Ask Your Local Vet To Recheck Dog And Inquire About This, If You Are Concerned. I Highly Doubt Your Dog Has Screw Worms

Date: 08/09/16
Category: Heart/Blood Pressure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Left-sided Heart Failure In Canines

Question:Is There A Natural Way To Treat Left-sided Heart Failure In Dogs? Our Senior Chow Is Very, Very Old At 18 And To Put Him Through A Battery Of Tests Seems Cruel (i Am Not Opposed To Spending Money On My Pets. My Two Other Chows Both Had Glaucoma In Both Eyes And Needed Extensive Care). He Has Been On Heart Worm Preventative Every Month Since I Have Had Him This Past 18 Years. He Has Developed The Cough Associated With Congestive Heart Failure. No Pulsating Jugular, No Blue Gums. He Is Eating And Going About His Normal Routine, But Of Course We Would Like To Resolve The Cough Keeping Him Comfortable For Whatever Time He Has Left. Thanks For Your Time. Laurie

Answer:Hi Laurie. This Is One Where There Are Excellent Conventional Medicines That Can Help Extend Quality Of Life, Etc. Meds Like Vetmedin(pimobendan) And Benazopril As Well As Lasix Can Often Extend Life Dramatically Even In Old Dogs. This Age. I Would Get Appropriate Vet Attention On This, But Certainly Holistic Supplements Can Help Support Life, But Not By Themselves On Case Like This Most Likely

Date: 08/06/16
Category: Wormer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Tapeworm Medicine

Question:I Gave My 11 Wk Old Kitten A Dose Of Praziquantel For His Worms And He Ate Right After. About An Hour Or So Later He Threw Up. I'm Wondering If The Medicine Had Time To Get In His System And Work Or If I Need To Give Him Another Dose. Thanks

Answer:I Would Wait A Few Days And Perhaps Give Him Another Dose. If Vomiting Persists Or Worsens, Should Have Veterinary Exam And Evaluation For Other Worm Possibilities Or Other Conditions Present. Hook Or Roundworms For Example, Are Not Killed By Praziquantel, Which Only Gets Tapeworms

Date: 07/28/16
Category: Heartworm Medicine
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My Dog Has Worms

Question:I Believe My Dogs Have Roundworms And Their Just 1 Month Old What Can I Do?

Answer:I Would Not Assume Round Worms But You Can Possibly Worm With Pyrantel Or Nemex. See Vet If Signs Persist

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