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DateSep 23, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
Topicprotazoian parasites
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Question:

My cat had a fecal test, test positive for protozoan parasite

Answer:

Ok good - hopefully they gave you medication when they determined that.

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DateSep 15, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicHeart guard
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Question:

My 4 month old Lab just went to the vet and they said everything was fine and to get her on some heartworm medicine. So I did and now she has worms in her poop, is this normal?

Answer:

This is common the first time we deworm them. It does mean that she needs to be dewormed a few more times to fully get rid of the roundworms - preferably with something a little stronger than heartworm prevention, so let your veterinarian know that she pooped out worms.

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DateSep 11, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicDewormer
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Question:

I have a small dog that vomits when I give her Pyrantel Pamoate dewormer. What can I give her to deworm her?

Answer:

Fenbendazole covers about the same intestinal parasites so that's an option. Here is a product example: https://www.1800petmeds.com/safe+guard+canine+dewormer-prod12324.html Also be sure she is on something for heartworms if you live near mosquitos that carry them because neither pyrantel nor fenbendazole prevent them.

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DateSep 3, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicWorms in poop
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What medication do I give my dog that has white worms in his poop

Answer:

The only 2 types of worms that are visible in their stool are round worms and tape worms. Round worms look like long white spaghetti and tape worms like like short, flat, white rice. Most routine over-the-counter dewormers only get round worms but some get both, like this product, (repeat the deworming in 3 weeks): https://www.1800petmeds.com/bayer+quad+dewormer+chewable+tablets+for+dogs-prod11784.html

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DateAug 30, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicMedicine recommendations
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What is the best method/ product and is most effective for deworming newborn puppies?

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It is ideal to find a product labeled for whatever age your puppies are (2 weeks is usually when we start, then repeat every 2-3 weeks) and that contains pyrantel pamoate, like this big bottle of Nemex which will usually be plenty to treat the whole litter multiple times: https://www.1800petmeds.com/nemex+2+dewormer+for+dogs-prod12389.html

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DateAug 28, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicWorms or not?
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My 4 month old shih tzu is rubbing her buttocks on the floor at times through out the week I’m not sure if it’s worms or not she have never been vaccinated or had a dewormer. I see NO worms in sight or in her stools but she is rubbing her buttocks on floor now. I do plan on getting her vaccinated soon it includes a dewormer but that’s in about 2 1/2 weeks to a month away. Can you please help me help her. I love my baby girl & all I want is for her to live longer than me if possible. Thank you for reading & hope to hear from you or someone really soon.

Answer:

If she has never been dewormed, I would go ahead and deworm her with a general dewormer approved for use on puppies her age, like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/safe+guard+canine+dewormer-prod12324.html MANY other things could be going on - she's really too young for anal gland issues - the most common reason they will scoot at this age is just getting poop caught in the hair around their rear end so be sure she doesn't have any or any diarrhea.

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DateAug 16, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeOther
TopicChickens have worms
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Hi Dr. Dym.. I have 12 Rhode Island Red chickens that have worms in their droppings. I have treated them with Panacur C successfully in the past. Can you prescribe a 1 pound container of Panacur please? I have had good results mixing it in their grain in the past, but you go through a lot of Panacur and I'd like to have some on hand for future outbreaks. Thank!

Answer:

Legally, in veterinary medicine, any medication that requires a prescription must be approved by a veterinarian that has met them face-to-face so we can't approve prescriptions on here. Sorry! Consult your local veterinarian for that.

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DateAug 12, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
Topictreatment
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We have 3 barn cats. We found evidence of worms in the litter box and treated them all with a round of Drontal. That seemed to fix the problem last month. And now it appears that it's an issue again. I'm assuming it's all 3 cats, but don't want to pay hundreds of dollars to take all the barn cats in to the vet again. Should we try another round of Drontal, or is there another option to try?

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Drontal should get rid of any visible worms (tapeworms and roundworms). Roundworms need a second dose 3-4 weeks after the first. Tapeworms will recur if they continue to swallow fleas. Be sure that you are using the appropriate dosage for thei size. Most cats need one and a half or two tablets.

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DateAug 4, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicDewormer tablets 5 ct.
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Hi I bought Bayer Tapeworm dewormer tablets for dogs 5 ct. Our dog is a german shepherd. His weight is a little over 100 lbs. and is 9 yrs. old. Is this enough medication for him to clear out the wormers. So when do we feed and when does he take his medication. Thanks.

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Yes - all 5 tablets at once is usually enough to clear the tapeworms. You can either feed him with it or not - doesn't overly matter with that medication but almost all medication is absorbed better/faster with a meal, so feeding with food might be slightly better.

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DateJul 24, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicDrug interaction
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Will it negatively affect my dog if I give her pet armor seven Wade dog dewormer and she already takes vetMedin and enalapril?

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It's probably fine but your veterinarian is definitely the best one to ask - will depend on many things (past bloodwork showing liver and kidney function, severity of her heart disease, etc.)

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DateJul 23, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicWorms
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Question:

See above for question.

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A question did not come through, but since your Category and Topic is "Worms", here is a really good broad spectrum dewormer: https://www.1800petmeds.com/bayer+quad+dewormer+chewable+tablets+for+dogs-prod11784.html Feel free to submit another question if that isn't helpful.

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DateJul 2, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicKitten preventative
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Is there a chew that prevents fleas and worms? Or just topical?

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Credelio is chewable. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Credelio+for+Cats-prod12830.html

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DateJul 1, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicAdministering pilld
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How do I get my cats to take their de worming pills?

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Here is a link to our article about "How to Give a Cat a Pill" that goes into detail and recommends various methods: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/how-to-give-cat-pill-26.html

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DateJun 6, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicWorms in poop
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Hello, I noticed my dog has worms in her poop. So I need to go to the vet or what medicine do you recommend to save a trip to the vet? Thank you

Answer:

The only 2 types of worms that are visible in their stool are round worms and tape worms. Round worms look like long white spaghetti and tape worms like like short, flat, white rice. Most routine over-the-counter dewormers only get round worms but some get both, like this product, (repeat the deworming in 3 weeks): https://www.1800petmeds.com/Bayer+Quad+Dewormer+Chewable+Tablets+for+Dogs-prod11784.html

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DateMay 15, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicDewormer
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Hi. I'm feeding feral tomcat. I noticed that he's getting skinny. He's also very hungry. He smells but not his coat. I checked the blanket he sleeps on and it doesn't smell. Doesn't look to be in pain. He was TNR in January. I'm not able to check his stool or take him to vet. He allows me only feed him. What to do? Does he need dewormer? Or what can I do?

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A dewormer sounds like a good place to start if you are unable to have him seen by your local veterinarian. Use a broad spectrum one like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

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