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DateMay 15, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicDewormer
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Question:

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?

Answer:

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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DateMay 2, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicDewormer
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Question:

What type of dewormer do I use to cover all my bases? My dog is 9yrs and maybe 10lbs. She's a Chihuahua mix!

Answer:

SafeGuard is one of my favorite broad spectrum dewormers. Here is a link if you would like to read about it (click on the smallest one for her size): https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html

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DateApr 27, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicParasites
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Question:

My cat is favoring one of her ears. I found a small 1-2 mm worm looking thing that flips back and forth on itself where she's been laying. Any suggestions

Answer:

I would need to examine her to determine the best course of action for her ear (mites vs infection vs something else = all treated differently). The worn sounds like a tapeworm, so deworming her with something like this product might be a good idea: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

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DateApr 14, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicHow to get the heartgard
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Question:

How to bought this heartgard

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Here is a direct link to Heartgard - just click on how much your dog weighs, the pack size you want to buy and then click "Add to Cart" and follow the on screen directions: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Heartgard+Plus+Chewables-prod10002.html

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DateApr 12, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicDifferent wormers
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Question:

I recently gave my dogs a dose of Nemex -2. It doesn't treat for whip worms, so I bought safe guard that does. The drug ingredient was different between the 2 wormers, is it safe to give the new wormer or should I wait a period of time?

Answer:

It is probably fine but I need to know exactly when the Nemex was given, how much, how much your dog weighs, what size SafeGuard you purchased, etc.

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DateApr 10, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicStool is Red
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My dog was diagnosed with hookworms. In three weeks I will give him his last dose of medicine. Now his stool is red, do you thinks it’s the worms dying or someyhing else I should be worried about?

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Hookworms can cause bloody stools but they should start immediately clearing up and firming up after treatment. If it continues or if the dog vomits or acts lethargic (mopey), you should see your veterinarian to be sure nothing else is going on.

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DateApr 6, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicDeworming
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Question:

How do I know if my cat needs deworming?

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Here is a direct link to our article about the symptoms of worms, then other tabs explaining potential treatment and prevention options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/worms-symptoms-5.html

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DateApr 6, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicFleas and worms
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I can’t get rid of my cats fleas I’ve tried several things such as front line and also a pill from the vet due to this she keeps getting worms so my next question is bayer tapeworm or bayer frontal better

Answer:

For tapeworms, use a product with praziquantel like Bayer Tapeworm Dewormer (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Bayer+Tapeworm+Dewormer+Tablets+for+Cats-prod11772.html). Make sure you are dosing correctly - many cats need 1 and a half tablets, not one. Then for fleas, Bravecto is working best for most cats. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Bravecto+for+Cats-prod11762.html

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DateMar 21, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicWormy
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Question:

Need to know how much dewormer should I giv my 6 week puppy

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It depends on what dewormer you are using and how much your puppy weighs. Always use a product approved for use in 6 week old puppies and there should be clear directions on the packaging.

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DateMar 17, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicIntestinal worms
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We moved to Texas from North Carolina recently & have not had an opportunity yet to find a vet. We have a cat that obviously has somehow gotten worms, he's pooping them out. We have 4 other cats we don't want to contract them, unless have already & aren't showing them yet. How can I get a prescription for treatment online? Wait to see a vet is weeks out here.

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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DateMar 14, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
Topictriheart plus
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my 2 yr old Doberman has been on Tri heart plus regularly and has hookworms and being treated, can I still give this product to her? no other issues thanks

Answer:

Probably - no treatment for hookworms that I am aware of interacts adversely with Tri-Heart but contact your veterinarian for the best advice since I don't know what your dog was treated with.

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DateMar 13, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicPrescription for cat dewormer
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Can you help me with a prescription for cat dewormer? Specifically Provender for 11+lb cat, 2 doses. Thank you!

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No, sorry. Legally, in veterinary medicine, a veterinarian that has met your cat face-to-face must approve any prescriptions.

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DateJan 25, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicPreventive Medication
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Hi, I wanted to order Interceptor for my outdoor cat, for monthly parasites prevention. I called my vet to obtain a prescription and he tells me that Interceptor is not for cats, just dogs.I should go with Drontal every 6 month. I would like to prevent parasites, not use Drontal when the cat got worms already. What is your advice?

Answer:

Revolution Plus is probably my favorite all-in-one product for cats, especially if you need heartworm protection as well as flea, tick and intestinal parasites. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Revolution+Plus-prod12075.html

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DateJan 8, 2022
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeCat
TopicNeed to get a medication without waiting two weeks
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Question:

Can you help!

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This is the Ask the Vet section for medical questions. Contact customer service about whether or not they can expedite your delivery. Here is their contact information: Toll Free Number (Call or Text) 1-800-PetMeds® (1-800-738-6337) Email Address customerservice@1800petmeds.com

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DateDec 25, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet TypeDog
TopicHook or round worms
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Question:

Roxy is a 12 lb Shih Tzu Maltese mix and I have seen worms in her poop and I have seen her eat your neighbor's cat poop and I would like to know you could prescribe her Heartgard Plus

Answer:

Heartgard Plus requires a prescription approval from a veterinarian that has met her face-to-face. 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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