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: Apr 7, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Pregnant cat with worms
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Question:What medicine cat I buy to treat my pregnant cat with tape worms that won’t hurt her babies?

Answer:I don't know of any that are approved for pregnant cats.

Date: Apr 2, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Topical treatment
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Question:Is it possible to get a prescription for a topical treatment for tapeworm for both of my cats that are between 9 and 12 pounds?

Answer:Profender is what you are looking for. It requires approval from a veterinarian that has met your cat face-to-face. Here is a link to it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Profender+Cat+Dewormer-prod11220.html

Date: Mar 29, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Deworming and meds
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Question:We gave our cats Hartz Ultra Guard liquid dewormer (piperazine citrate syrup). Approximately a week later I saw a couple of worms on/near their butt. I thought they looked like tapeworm segments (flat). It was early but we gave the 2nd dose. Thats when I realized this medicine was for Roundworm only. So we ordered Bayer Drontal Feline. It's supposed to kill 3 kinds of worms with 1 dose. It has been approximately 1 week since we gave the 2nd dose of the other medicine. Can we give the new medicine this soon without the getting sick? Thank you

Answer:It is fine to go ahead and give the Drontal - those definitely sound like tape worms, so she needs it. Be sure you are controlling fleas well at the same time - this is how they usually get tape worms (by swallowing a flea).

Date: Mar 27, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Deworming and meds
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Question:We gave our 2 cats medicine after our friend told us he saw a worm on one of them. We gave them the second dose a few days early. Then I saw one of the worms. The meds we gave them was for round worms...once I saw the worms I was pretty sure it was a tapeworm segment. (Flat instead of round). We then ordered some bayer drontal feline from 1800petmeds. Can we give that medicine to them now even though it hasn't been that long since we gave them meds for round worms? Thank you

Answer:Yes - it is fine to treat for both at the same time. They are probably tape worms, from what you describe, so the Drontal should work nicely. (Be sure you are not seeing fleas - this is how they get tape worms - from swallowing a flea)

Date: Mar 24, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: White worms
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Question:What do i get to get them out of my dogs

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: Mar 23, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worms in my cat
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Question:I saw what looked like a worm sticking out of my cats anus I didn’t see any in the litter box but it was definitely white and rice shaped poking right out of his anus I just need to know what to do I can’t afford a vet bill right now

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: Mar 18, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Horse
Topic: Ringworm
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Question:Have found several puss like bugs on several horses that are barned together. One vet took a sample and didn't find anything. Another vet took a sample and said it tested positive for ringworm. If it is in fact ringworm, how would you suggest treating it? These horses are upto date on their worming schedules.

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

Date: Mar 8, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Deworming
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Question:I have a 6 week old puppy who is maybe a lb or so. What dewormer do you recommend and is it safe for her weight?

Answer:Look for the active ingredient "pyrantel pamoate" and yes, it is very safe for her weight.

Date: Mar 6, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worms
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Question:Good morning Doctor ,my question is I have a kitten Ragdoll at 7 month he was wormer in décembre and january,did I have To worm him every month,and what kind of médication I need and did can I have it from you.Thank you. I am from Canada.

Answer:We worry about heartworms (& fleas) down here in the states so I recommend Revolution monthly for cats down here - it controls many intestinal parasites as well. Honestly, it depends on where you are in Canada as to exactly what product is ideal for your cat so consult your local veterinarian for the best advice.

Date: Feb 16, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Giardia
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Question:How many week to recheck stool after 2nd treatment of giardia with Panacur.

Answer:I usually recheck one month later - unless they have diarrhea before then, then I recheck when the diarrhea occurs.

Date: Feb 14, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worm meds
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Question:I have 5 cats. I found a round worm in vomit and one cat had tape worm pieces on her fur. I wormed them last week with Drontal. I found vomit today with a round worm in it, dead. Does this mean it's working or do I need to worm them again, and if so, when? Do I wait the 3 months before I give them another dose? Thank you.

Answer:If you gave them their appropriate dosage for their weight (check the bottle and weigh them accurately - most cats need at least 1 and a half tablets) it is probably working. Repeat in teh dewormer in 3 weeks, not 3 months.

Date: Feb 11, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: 
Topic: worms in his vomit skinny white 2 or 3 inches long
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Question:He is less than 1yr I also have another 9yrs since has them I figure I need to give meds to both what would be the best wormer to and how much for how long?

Answer:I can't tell if you have a cat or a dog, but The only 2 types of worms that are visible in their stool or vomit 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): FOR A DOG: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html FOR A CAT: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: Feb 9, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic:  Worms
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Question:Wanted to know the best dewormer for my 5 month old puppy he's shitzu and chihuahua mix weighs around 54 or 5 pounds

Answer:Safe Guard is a good broad spectrum one - here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html

Date: Jan 31, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: De-worming medication
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Question:Hi. My dog has roundworms in his stool and has been throwing up occasionally (no worms seen). He had safeguard at two and four weeks, and had pyrantel at six and eight weeks. What should I give him at 10 weeks this week? Should I continue pyrantel even though it seems as if it isn’t working? Thank you!

Answer:That is very unusual - either safe guard OR pyrantel should've worked. It makes me think he didn't get an appropriate dosage for his weight so be sure he is dosed properly - use either one really. Also be sure they aren't tape worms - they can sometimes look like round worms, so maybe use Safe Guard again because it covers both.

Date: Jan 25, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: worms
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Question:My cat Bella, a 6 year old, 20 lb, spayed female has shown signs of tape worn sections in the hair around her butt. She is an indoor cat and has never been wormed. Can you suggest an OTC wormer product that will not cause undue discomfort? Thank you so much, Carolyn

Answer:This product by Bayer works nicely: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Bayer+Tapeworm+Dewormer+Tablets+for+Cats-prod11772.html Be sure you are controlling fleas at the same time - that's how they get tape worms (by swallowing a flea).

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