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: 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".

Date: Aug 6, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Stray
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Question:Weight loss Dull coat Swollen belly runny eyes. My outside strategy has all the symtoms. What can I do to help him.

Answer:With that much going on, I would go ahead and see your veterinarian - there are many different kinds of intestinal parasites so a fecal exam is ideal. If that isn't an option, deworm him with a good broad spectrum dewormer like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: Aug 3, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: worms
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Question:What should I use to get rid of the worms

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

Date: Jul 27, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Strange parasite in water bowl
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Question:My recently adopted senior cat frequently vomits shortly after eating. Vet says it's regurgitation. I've had the cat 2 mo. This morning I went to change his water (which I do twice a day, and wash the bowl) and there were probably 100 small, comma shaped dead worms on the bottom. Previously discussing my cat's problems with my local vet, she said the cat needed a specialist. I live on SS. The cat has a great appetite and appears healthy otherwise, geriatric panel came back great. What could this be?

Answer:They can vomit for MANY different reasons. The only visible worms they can get are killed by this dewormer, so I would go ahead and give him Drontal: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html Since worms that cause them problems are rarely in their water bowl, this is probably not the underlying problem. Trying a good probiotic like Proviable and an easily digestible food like Science Diet for Sensitive stomachs are more potential things to try. Running blood work to screen for underlying problems needs to be done as well if it hasn't been already. https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html

Date: Jul 19, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat has worms
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Question:What kind of treatment

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

Date: Jul 17, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worming
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Question:My German shepherd is 7 months old she's been wormed but should I work her now periodically or no

Answer:It depends a little on where you live - if you live in the continental United States, your dog should be on monthly heartworm preventative which has intestinal dewormers built into it. If you are not in the US, ask your local veterinarian about deworming recommendations in your country.

Date: Jul 15, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Whipworms
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Question:My dog just had a fecal test and it was confirmed that she has or once had whipworms. She just started Interceptor preventative medicine. Is it okay for her to interact with other family dogs?

Answer:If she has been treated, it is ok. (Whipworms can live in the yard, dirt for a while so the other dogs may need to switch to Intercepotor as well if they will be in the same yard.)

Date: Jul 7, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Hair loss, runny diarrhea, and malnourished
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Question:A little cat has appeared on my back door. I have three indoor cats. The little cat is malnourished and has large spots of hair missing. She sleeps most of the time. I have tried to catch her to take to vet as I think she may have parasites but have not been successful. Is there anything I can buy without an RX to begin some sort of treatment.

Answer:Yes, Drontal is a really good, broad spectrum dewormer that used to require a prescription but no longer does. Here is a link ot read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: Jun 22, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog has guardia
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Question:Do you carry fenbendazole

Answer:Yes - here is a direct link: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html

Date: Jun 20, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heartgard and Round worms
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Question:Good Afternoon, Our dogs have been protected with Heartgard since March, and recently we had a kitten in our house for a couple weeks that had I believe Roundworms, does Heartgard protect against the type of roundworms felines have? Thank you for your time Samantha.

Answer:Yes, given monthly, it should.

Date: Jun 17, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Rectum prolapse post-op
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Question:Yesterday, my 7 week old foster kitten (of four days) had an emergency rectum prolapse due to excessive diarrhea/straining from worms. I was unable to bring to shelter for free foster animal emergency care because the shelter was closed on weekends! 8 hours after finding an affordable vet, the vet performed the purse string suture method after replacing the exposed flesh back in. Problem is the kitten is unable to defecate + urinate; the mucosal eversion is partially exposed. I plan to call again in the morning, but need advice now if I need to do anything to help...?? It's probably 36 HRS since last defecation — last I can recall

Answer:I can't help with that through the internet - you will need to take her to your emergency clinic.

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