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DateOct 17, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
Topicinfection
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Question:

what can I give my dog with ringworms

Answer:

Ringworm is common in cats, but very rare in dogs, so be sure of what you are treating first of all. It is a fungal skin infection. You categorized this question under "worms" so I think you may mean intestinal worms so a good broad spectrum dewormer might be what you are looking for like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html

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DateOct 2, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicTapeworm med
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Question:

Should indoor cats be treated periodically for tapeworms? 2 outdoor indoor dogs

Answer:

Yes, according to AAHA/AAFP guidelines: "Routine, regular use of broad-spectrum products is likely to be beneficial for the majority of pet cats, regardless of lifestyle." So using something like Drontal once or twice a year is usually recommended - consult your veterinarian for the best advice though, especially if your cat(s) have any underlying medicl problems or take other medications. Here is a direct link to Drontal if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

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DateSep 26, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeOther
TopicTortoise deworming
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Question:

I was informed I need Panacur in order to deworm my tortoises. I do not see Panacur for tortoises in your medications

Answer:

Using Panacur to deworm tortoises is considered safe but "off-label" use, so you will not find one specifically labeled for tortoises.

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DateAug 23, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicWorms
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Question:

Is there a topical med for a cat with worms?

Answer:

Yes - profender is topical. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Profender+Cat+Dewormer-prod11220.html

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DateAug 21, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicWorms
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Question:

I had a stray cat show up. He has an appointment to get fixed. Should I worm him? I prefer paste. What should I use?

Answer:

Yes, deworming is ideal if you don't know his history. The best over-the-counter dewormer is Drontal. It is not a paste (there isn't a paste that I can think of that would be as broad spectrum as Drontal). Drontal is a tablet that you could crush and mix in something and create a paste. Here is a link if you would like to read about it, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

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DateAug 16, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicWorms
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Question:

My dog has round worms! Looks like broken rubber bands or spaghetti! I gave an over the counter deworming pill. When should I give the next dose

Answer:

Deworm again in 3 weeks.

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DateAug 14, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicRashes
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Question:

My 12yr old cat has a rash surrounding her anus that continues to underside of the base of her tail . She bites me if I try to look at it

Answer:

There are many things that cause rashes like that (allergies, mange, ringworm, worms, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm Since you categorized this question under worms, here is a link to the best broad spectrum dewormer for cats: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

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DateAug 9, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicDifferent medication types close together
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Question:

If I give my cat a dosage of droncit, can I follow up with a dosage of drontal a week later? I purchased the droncit first before discovering the wider range of parasites that drontal covers.

Answer:

Probably - but I need to know more about your cat to really advise you: are you seeing worms? underling medical conditions? does your cat take any other medication? etc.

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DateAug 4, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicWorms
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Question:

I have an eight week old puppy and I'm pretty sure that she has really bad worms what do I need to do?

Answer:

Panacur is a good choice - here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Panacur+C+Canine+Dewormer-prod10674.html or it's generic, SafeGuard: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-12324.html

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DateJul 24, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicWhat worms are these
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Ok so two different litters of kittens have worms, one kitten in the first litter had a long white worm in it ans this litter from a diffrent cat has little fast whiteish looking ones and looks like it has a black tip at one end

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/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

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DateJul 15, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicHave had negative stool sample but still seeing a couple tiny white worms in my yorkie mutt’s stool
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Question:

Is there an effective nonprescription treatment ?

Answer:

Yes. 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/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html

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DateJul 10, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicAnal white worm
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Question:

We use Revolution each month, but know this doesn't treat worms. Sheldon is indoor/outdoor and we found a worm where he was sitting of wife's lap. What medicine treats this and can we buy on PetMeds?

Answer:

Yes. 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/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

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DateJun 29, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicHeart worms n fleas
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Question:

Little one has h/w n fleas CoCo has fleas maybe h/w too Ivory same as CoCo

Answer:

I can't tell what your exact question is from "Little one has h/w n fleas CoCo has fleas maybe h/w too Ivory same as CoCo" but Nexgard, Bravecto or Simparica are the 3 that are working best this year for fleas and ticks.

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DateJun 7, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
Topicdragging her butt
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Question:

my 3 yr old dog is always sliding her butt on the rug or grass, sidewalk and licking her rear feet afterwards, does she have worms, I wash her but with just a washcloth and water no soap then put cortizone cream on her butt and it seems to help for awhile , what could be causing this ?

Answer:

There are many things that cause itching (allergies, anal gland impaction, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

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DateMay 26, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicNeed Advice
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Question:

My cat who is two years old I believe has worms. She has been obsessively using the litter pan and scratching her rear. Her diet and temperament have otherwise stayed the same. Because of COVID, her regular vet has limited appointments and won't be able to see her for two weeks. Should I take her to the emergency vet?

Answer:

That is always ideal. If that isn't immediately an option, use a good, broad spectrum deworming agent like Drontal: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

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