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: 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.

Date: Jun 15, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: About deworming
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Question:My pet is a beagle female 13mnths old. Last dewormed when she was around 6-8months old. Due to some circumstances deworming got delayed . She is shedding a lot of fur also. What should you recommend to deworm her.

Answer:If you are in the continental United States, a monthly heartworm preventative is recommended - the vast majority of these have intestinal parasite coverage as well like Heartgard and it's generics like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Tri+Heart+Plus+++Generic+to+Heartgard+Plus-prod10413.html

Date: Jun 13, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 8 week old puppy
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Question:He was wormed by the breeder twice in May, each time two weeks apart. Last time was three weeks ago. He has not been to a vet or had any shots yet, and we can’t get him in until June 29. He is dragging his bottom around on the floor, occasionally. Should we worm him again? If so, what do we give him and how much? He only weighs about three pounds.

Answer:Yes, you can deworm him again - use something a little more broad spectrum like Panacur: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Panacur+C+Canine+Dewormer-prod10674.html

Date: Jun 3, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Deworming
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Question:What deworming treatment works best for cats .

Answer:Drontal - it used to require a prescription but now it doesn't. Here is a direct link to it, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: Jun 3, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Grontol plus
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Question:Price of meds 2 pills lg dog

Answer:Do you mena Drontal? It depends on exactly how many pounds your large dog is. Here is a direct link to Drontal Plus, with the prices listed: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+Plus-prod10346.html?Ntt=Drontal+Plus

Date: May 16, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Drontal dosage
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Question:One of my felines weighs over the 16lb 2 tablet dosage guideline. Is it safe or recommended to give him 3 tablets if he weighs 21lbs? Or should I just go with the max listed dosage suggestion of two tablets? Thank you

Answer:No - contact the manufacturer - we usually don't recommend "dosing the fat" but check with them about the exact pharmacology.

Date: May 12, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Prevention
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Question:I am interested in purchasing SimparicaTrio. It looks great except that it does not prevent whipworms and tapeworms. I don't think the tapeworm is a problem because it is strong at flea prevention. Is there much whipworm in Idaho? More importantly, is there something I should combine SimparicoTrio with?

Answer:Since I live in Georgia, I'm not a good vet to ask - ask one around there -especially about heartwotm prevsntion.

Date: May 8, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Intestional worms after heart gaurd plus
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Question:i gave my 8 week old puppy heart gaurd plus today around 130pm and by 800pm she pooped 2 times both runny the 2nd time had long round worms in it. Is the heart gaurd enough to remove all the worms or should i get a dewormer and should i use them while she is on the heart gaurd?

Answer:No, HEartgard prevents roundworms more than eliminates them - use a dewormer labeled for round worms - repeat in 3 weeks.

Date: May 5, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Tapeworm
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Question:What can I give to mycats that have tapeworm and fleas?

Answer:Revolution and Bravecto are both working well for cats & fleas this year, then Drontal is a good over-the-counter dewormer - here is a link to the Drontal: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: May 1, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Clean vet report
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Question:Milo got a clean report so does he still need to be on the prescription meds and he's on advantic 2 will I still need to worm him every three months and what can I use to do that with out a prescription?

Answer:Veterinary parasitologists recommend that all dogs in the continental United States take heart worm preventatives monthly - most of them have some coverage for intestinal parasites as well.

Date: Apr 30, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Deworming cats
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Question:My cats have worms- what is the best medicine to purchase to treat at home

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: Apr 30, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Worms
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Question:My days have tapeworms - what is the vest medicine to get for 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/Dog+Worms+3-prod11092.html

Date: Apr 17, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Heartworm pills
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Question:Does heartworm medicine do anything against other worms a dog can get

Answer:It depends on the type of heartworm preventative you are talking about - most prevent some but not all, but it really depends on the active ingredient. Feel free to submit another question with which one you use and what intestinal parasites you may be trying to prevent.

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