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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: Oct 13, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog has cataracts in his eyes.

Question:Our family vet told that it is bcuz of barawa worms . If you please can tell me the remedy as soon as possible.Thankyou

Answer:We don't have Barawa worms in the United States so this is a question to ask your family veterinarian.

Date: Oct 11, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Deworming

Question:I have two 12 week old kittens that have not been dewormed. What is the best medication and process I can start now?

Answer:Most of us recommend a dewormer like pyrantel pamoate to get hook worms and round worms. Deworm now, then repeat in 3-4 weeks. Have your veterinarian perform a fecal exam on them at some point to be sure they don't have any other types of intestinal parasites.

Date: Oct 9, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: which kind worm , to get the right med

Question:hey, I found a white small like maybe like 1/2 of ramen noodle on the floor , behind where my bulldog was lying, it didnt look flat like a tape worm, but was small,(by the way dont think I want any ramen noodles anytime soon), but she is on heartworm med, so could you suggest which med would be good for her? and can you over medicate the worm med, thanks so much for your help!

Answer:There are only 2 types of worms you can see in their poop (round worms and tapeworms). It really sounds more like a round worm but I would use a dewormer that gets both just to be sure. Here is one such dewormer: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Dog+Worms+3-prod11092.html

Date: Sep 28, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worms help

Question:My husband just picked up poop and noticed a white thing in the poop that looked like a worm. The dogs are on centanal for heart worms. But we forgot to give it to them last month. The other dog that stays with us is not on a preventative treatment. The dog we think has the worms is known to eat poop sometimes. We also have two cats. My two dogs never eat there poop but the dog that is not a preventive treatment does. Please help me. Thanks so much

Answer:There are only 2 types of worms you can see in their poop: round worms and tape worms. Round worms look like long pieces of spaghetti and tape worms look like short flat pieces of rice. It is probably a tape worm but you need to make sure because there are different treatments for them. There are some dewormers that get both like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Dog+Worms+3-prod11092.html. But for round worms you want to deworm again in 3 weeks to get the entire life cycle of the worm.

Date: Sep 25, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Deworming

Question:Hello. My 1 year old cat Charlie is showing all the s/sx of some sort of parasitic worm. Is there a dewormer that would eliminate migrating worms, and not just intestional ones? And how possible is it to transfer round and hook worms to my loved ones? Thank you so so much.

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to perform a fecal exam and determine exactly what kind of worms he may have because there isn't one dewormer that gets every kind of worm. Hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms are probably the three most common and Drontal and Profender will get all three of these. It is possible for your loved ones to become infected but it's rare and usually in toddlers because they have to come into close contact and/or ingest the cat's feces = think kids playing in an outdoor sandbox that a cat thinks is it's litterbox.

Date: Sep 23, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How often to worm

Question:My pup is 9 months old. Trixie is a Shorkie, Shitzu Yorkshire terrier mix. She is on monthly Heartgard that I order from you. Does she need another wormer on top of that? Should I have the vet check her feces?

Answer:You shouldn't need another dewormer on top of that - it has pyrantel in it as well which gets a few intestinal parasites. You will still want your veterinarian to check her feces about once a year for other intestinal parasites.

Date: Sep 20, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eating feces

Question:My cat was recently dewormed for tapeworm. The dog has gotten in her litter box & is eating her feces. The dog is now vomiting and has diarrhea. Is this from the medicine in the feces, the cat litter, worm remnants, or the feces? And why is she attracted to eating it?

Answer:Dogs are very attracted to cat feces - some people say because cats have a higher protein diet and their feces contain maybe more protein than other feces so this is a very common problem with dogs living with cats. The good (and odd) thing about this is that it rarely upsets their stomach unless they eat a lot of it or ingest a lot of the litter - certain litter will upset their stomach easier than others. I worry that the vomiting and diarrhea may be from something else so if it worsens or doesn't improve, see your veterinarian. Your dog can get tape worms but tape worms rarely cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Date: Sep 19, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Spreading worms

Question:I have 2 cats in my home who have no problems , thank God . My girlfriend got a 3 yr.old puppy, half lab and half terrier . She brought him over my house and the first thing it did was run along my carpet ON ITS BUTT !!! I told her that he has worms. Sure enough , her vet verified it. I need to know please , can my cats pick up any worms from my carpet where the dog rubbed it's butt? I immediately sprayed the carpet with stain remover/cleaner. My boys have been indoor cats all their lives.

Answer:It would be really hard for your cats to get worms. It depends on the type of worm(s) the dog had and your cats would have to ingest the dog's feces from the floor, which would be kind of odd for a cat, but possible (again, depending on the type of worm). Watch for vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss on your cats. Most of us routinely do a fecal on them once a year to pick up things like this.

Date: Sep 15, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lung - digestive worms

Question:What are the deference between these type of worms?

Answer:I think when most people think about worms that dogs get, they think of intestinal (digestive) worms like round worms or tape worms that infest their gastrointestinal tract. These are certainly much more common than lung worms. Here is a pretty good article about lung worms: http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/respiratory/c_dg_lungworms

Date: Sep 15, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worms

Question:Can dogs and cats take the same work meds for round worms

Answer:Usually, but not always - it should say on the packaging if it is safe for both species.

Date: Sep 12, 2017
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worms & fleas and ticks

Question:I'm need something I give my 23 pounds fiest squirrel dog every month for worms and flea and ticks thanks

Answer:It's hard to find one thing that effectively gets all 3 - Trifexis, advantage multi, etc come close but nothing is 100% - all of these are prescriptions so work with your veterinarian to figure out which one(s) are best for you and your dog.

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


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