Ask the Vet About Worms in Dogs and Cats

Ask the Vet About Worms in Dogs and Cats
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym

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 22, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Guinea pig suspecting coccidiosis
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Question:My guinea pig is not eating and drink. She used to be so energetic. I found her poop to be irregularly soft and small and saw some blood in the surface of her anus. I checked online it looks like symptoms for coccidiosis which is some parasite in her intestine. Is there any medication I can use? Please help it has being 24hours since I discovered her illness. Let me know where to get medicine right away if possible. Thank you!

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

Date: Oct 7, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: tapeworm
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Question:I have a dewormer thats 30mg pyrantel pamoate and 30mg praziquantel. Is this okay to give half a tablet to a 9 week old kitten? The vet appointment is in a couple days, but I just found worm larvae/eggs. Thanks!

Answer:No - that's a weird ratio for cats and kittens especially - you would have to give such a tiny dosage because of the praziquantel that the kitten wouldn't get enough of the pyrantel which is the ingredient that it needs the most at that age so use a dewormer formulated for cats, like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: Sep 29, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worm meds
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Question:Sorry i didn't specify. Yes there is signs in the stool of 1 dog for sure. But they all 3 have began the dreaded butt scootin'. And that is rare for all 3. So right now im looking to cure. But since Ive got you on worms so to speak. Is their a cheaper way to buy preventive heartworm meds also? Oh and Im asking on the without script meds please.

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/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html All heartworm preventatives require a prescription - the cheapest ones are the Heartgard generics like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Tri+Heart+Plus+++Generic+to+Heartgard+Plus-prod10413.html

Date: Sep 28, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Wormers
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Question:I have 3 small pets (dogs) they are elderly. My question is ... Is there something that's one dose and cheaper than what I am seeing here? They are all fairly pricey when I have 3.

Answer:I can't tell why you are deworming them: are you looking for a monthly heartworm preventative, are you seeing worms in their stool, are you just looking to deworm them preventatively, or something else? Feel free to submit another question.

Date: Sep 25, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feral cat worm meds
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Question:I have a feral cat that will not allow us to touch him. He appears to have worms as he is quite thin. Is there a dewormer I can add to his food?

Answer:Yes - you can crush this one and mix into canned food. It is a good, broad spectrum one that gets hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: Sep 15, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worms
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Question:Should I take my cat to the vet or can you recommend medicine I can order

Answer:If you are seeing worms in your cat's stool, you can use over-the-counter medication. 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

Date: Sep 13, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Medication
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Question:If I’m wrong and he does not have worms will the medication hurt him

Answer:No - be sure to use a product formulated specifically for cats. Here is a good, broad spectrum dewormer: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: Sep 7, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Roundworm
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Question:Will giving a cat with roundworms praziquantel help? I have found 2 roundworms in his vomit.

Answer:No praziquantel will only get tape worms. If they are round worms, the product must be labeled for roundworms. Some products are labeled for both, like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: Aug 21, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dewormer for puppies
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Question:My puppy has worms and I don't know what to use. Someone recommended liquid worker 2x

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

Date: Aug 18, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: ring worm
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Question:The tips of my black cats fur is white. is this a sign of ringworm?

Answer:Not necessarily, but it is posssible. Have your veterinarian do a few really easy tests to determine if it is to be sure.

Date: Aug 13, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kitten is puking and has diarrhea.
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Question:The kitten I rescued has white discharge from his anus, throwing up and has diarrhea. What can I do? Any suggestions? Thank you

Answer:Determining the underlying cause of the diarrhea is ideal. Start by having your veterinarian analyze multiple different fecal samples looking for intestinal parasites because that is the highest rule out for kittens. Many parasites are not treated by over-the-counter dewormers, but if that is your only option, try to use a more broad spectrum dewormer like fenbendazole.

Date: Aug 12, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Wormers
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Question:I have my dog on heartworm meds I prefer heart guard but should I give her anything else like a yearly preventative for worms. what and when she’s 8 months

Answer:If she is on Heartgard Plus, the Plus part is the coverage for the most common intestinal parasites (hook worms and round worms) so just check to be sure it says "Plus". Some monthly heartworms preventatives cover a couple more (tape worms &/or whipworms) but if she doesn't have a problem with those, it is often unnecessary (& there are over-the-counter oral dewormers that you can get if she gets those, like Safe-Guard). (My dog takes Heartgard Plus)

Date: Aug 11, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worm medicine
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Question:What is a good medicine to worm a cat?

Answer:Drontal is one of the best, most broad spectrum dewormers you can use. It used to require a prescription but now it is over-the-counter. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: Aug 10, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How to treat
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Question:Just adopted our dog and he has worms. What’s the best way to treat and how long does it take to rid him of them.

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

Date: Aug 10, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Drontal Dosage for Large Cat
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Question:What is the correct dosage of Drontal for Cats for a 25 pound cat?

Answer:Probably still just 2 tablets but call and speak directly to the manufacturer (Bayer) to be sure. In general, with most medications we don't "dose the fat".

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