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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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: Feb 16, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worms and Coughing

Question:My cat has had ongoing problems with those little white worms in his stool since I adopted him; perhaps a year. He's been given meds for this during other routine vet visits/vaccinations yet they keep coming back. Now he's slowly developing a dry cough too. Oh! And I have two cats. I'm assuming if the one has, the other probably does too.

Answer:CAts that repeatedly get tape worms are usually continuing to swallow fleas, even if you don't see fleas. So be sure to use a good flea preventative like Revolution or Bravecto. Also here is a good over-the-counter dewormer for tapewprms: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Bayer+Tapeworm+Dewormer+Tablets+for+Cats-prod11772.html

Date: Feb 14, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Metronidazole

Question:I have 3 dogs who are all about the same weight 5 or 6 pounds and they all need 50mg strength Metronidazole twice a day for 10 days. I have written prescriptions from my vet or they can be called. Can I buy the total amount for all 3 dogs in one package? They can have liquid or tab or chewable.

Answer:You will have to use compounded metronidazole - here is a direct link to it- it gives you the option to choose liquid or capsules or chewable tablets: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Metronidazole+Compounded-prod90136.html

Date: Feb 9, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tapeworm

Question:How can I get an RX for my dog that has tapeworms?

Answer:There are many over-the-counter products that will cover tape worms, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Bayer+Quad+Dewormer+Chewable+Tablets+for+Dogs-prod11784.html

Date: Feb 8, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Tapeworms

Question:I found a small piece of rice shaped worm on my kitten¿s butt. Can i get a prescription online or do i need to go to the vet¿s office to get it treated ?

Answer:That sounds like a tape worm. Here is a good over-the-counter medication for tape worms: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Bayer+Tapeworm+Dewormer+Tablets+for+Cats-prod11772.html They get tape worms from swallowing fleas so use a flea control product for cats like Revolution or Bravecto.

Date: Feb 8, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Potbelly Pig 11 weeks old

Question:Which Ivermectin and Fenbendazole can I use for pigs? Potbelly pigs to be more specific. I want to protect her from worms, lice, mites, etc. She is a household pet.

Answer:I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics for help with your pigs. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

Date: Jan 28, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Piperazine

Question:Is it safe to bake piperazine dewormer into cat treats? I recently got this idea and want to make sure before I do something stupid.

Answer:That's actually a good question - You will have to call and speak with the manufacturer of the piperazine about whether baking will inactivate the active ingredient.

Date: Jan 26, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worms

Question:I just received two pitbull puppies from a friend. I was told they were healthy but when I got them they had a potbelly. They were born on December 1st and they have apparently been ¿dewormed¿ since then but I gave them a dewormer today and later on today they both had bowel movements with tons of worms. I am very concerned because one pup is smaller than the other. One appears healthy the other one does not. So is it lethal? (The worms?) and what should I do

Answer:Round worms are VERY common - most puppies have them. It's good that you dewormed them again, then your veterinarian will deworm them every 3-4 weeks until they are ~16 weeks when they get their vaccines - they will also check out the little one (and the big one) and be sure they are healthy otherwise. Round worms, by themselves, now that you have got them on a deworming schedule, are nothing to be worried about.

Date: Jan 26, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Sick after deworm medicine

Question:I have given my cat (2years old) deworm medicine (the right dosage to her weight). This morning she has bad balance, drunk walking, and twitchy. She has good appetite, regular breathing, purring, and being social.

Answer:I would need to know the exact medication that you used, it's active ingredients & concentration and her weight to really help you. Most dewormers won't cause that so it could easily be something else but those symptoms are worrisome enough to warrant a trip to your veterinarians, no matter the cause.

Date: Jan 20, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fleas and worms

Question:Can humans get worms from there pets?

Answer:Yes, but it is rare. Here is an article about this, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952220

Date: Jan 20, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fleas and worms

Question:Ok so you say that a cat and dog can get tape worms from eating fleas.. so if that's the case can humans?

Answer:No, people don't get them from swallowing fleas - they usually get them from eating undercooked meat, but that is rare.

Date: Jan 20, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Tapeworms

Question:My cat Midnight star I noticed that she had a worm on her leg and I looked it up to find out what is was. And I found out that it's a tapeworm. And I was wanting to know how well does HomeoPet Wrm Clear work in getting rid of them?

Answer:Since I am not very familiar with that product, I can't speak to how well or not well it works. I do know that this over-the-counter product works fantastic for getting rid of tape worms in cats: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Bayer+Tapeworm+Dewormer+Tablets+for+Cats-prod11772.html Be sure to control fleas well - if they continue to swallow fleas, they will continue to get tape worms.

Date: Jan 19, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Swollen Abdomen

Question:My puppy was dewormed yesterday morning because she had a swollen stomach and the vet believed she had worms. Her stomach seemed to get better but is swollen again tonight. Is it normal to continue to swell? She is still pooping in the form of diarrhea. I want to make sure it¿s not something more serious.

Answer:It will take a while for the abdominal muscles to tighten so yes, being swollen is ok, but the continued diarrhea is not - see your veterinarian for a recheck if the diarrhea continues.

Date: Jan 17, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worms

Question:How many pills are in a bottle of Bayer Drontal

Answer:50 tablets if your bottle looks like this: https://www.bayerdvm.com/products/drontal-tablets/

Date: Jan 16, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Deworming

Question:Are there any negative effects of deworming if the dog does not have worms?

Answer:It depends on which dewormer you use and it's potential side effects but usually No, it's usually fine.

Date: Jan 7, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heartworm

Question:What does med do?

Answer:I can't tell exactly what you are asking - but heartworm medications prevent dogs from getting worms in their heart.


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