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DateJul 24, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicWhat worms are these
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Question:

Ok so two different litters of kittens have worms, one kitten in the first litter had a long white worm in it ans this litter from a diffrent cat has little fast whiteish looking ones and looks like it has a black tip at one end

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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DateJul 15, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicHave had negative stool sample but still seeing a couple tiny white worms in my yorkie mutt’s stool
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Question:

Is there an effective nonprescription treatment ?

Answer:

Yes. 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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DateJul 10, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicAnal white worm
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We use Revolution each month, but know this doesn't treat worms. Sheldon is indoor/outdoor and we found a worm where he was sitting of wife's lap. What medicine treats this and can we buy on PetMeds?

Answer:

Yes. 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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DateJun 29, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicHeart worms n fleas
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Question:

Little one has h/w n fleas CoCo has fleas maybe h/w too Ivory same as CoCo

Answer:

I can't tell what your exact question is from "Little one has h/w n fleas CoCo has fleas maybe h/w too Ivory same as CoCo" but Nexgard, Bravecto or Simparica are the 3 that are working best this year for fleas and ticks.

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DateJun 7, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
Topicdragging her butt
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my 3 yr old dog is always sliding her butt on the rug or grass, sidewalk and licking her rear feet afterwards, does she have worms, I wash her but with just a washcloth and water no soap then put cortizone cream on her butt and it seems to help for awhile , what could be causing this ?

Answer:

There are many things that cause itching (allergies, anal gland impaction, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

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DateMay 26, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicNeed Advice
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My cat who is two years old I believe has worms. She has been obsessively using the litter pan and scratching her rear. Her diet and temperament have otherwise stayed the same. Because of COVID, her regular vet has limited appointments and won't be able to see her for two weeks. Should I take her to the emergency vet?

Answer:

That is always ideal. If that isn't immediately an option, use a good, broad spectrum deworming agent like Drontal: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

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DateMay 15, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicDog medicine for worms
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Which is a good medicine for dogs that will take care of fleas not only the adults but the egg itself an worm parasites

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The best flea and tick medication right now is Nexgard, Bravecto or Simparica. They don't cover intestinal parasites - that usually comes in your heartworm preventative like Heartgard. Then a good, over-the-counter, broad spectrum dewormer is Panacur or Safe Guard: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html

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DateMay 12, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicCough
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My dog does a like cough or like it's trying to catch it's breath sorta is this caused by worms?

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That sounds more like a reverse sneeze. It is ideal for your veterinarian to check him out and be sure it isn't something more serious (yes heartworms, coughing from congestive heart failure, etc). Try to record what he is doing so your veterinarian can see it. Go to Youtube and search "[your breed dog] reverse sneezing" to see if it looks like what they are doing. Reverse sneezing is usually not a very big deal as long as they don't do it frequently. Here is a good article about reverse sneezing, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952493

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DateMay 10, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicCat eat mice squeal rabbits
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What is the risk to his health and how can I try to prevent it thank you

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This behavior is so hard-wired into their DNA, it is hard to curb or prevent the behavior. Keeping him only indoor is an option. If not routine deworming and good flea control are ideal. They get tape worms more commonly from swallowing a flea. 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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DateApr 13, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicMy cat threw up a round worm
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My cat threw up a round worm. She wears a seresto collar but I didn't realize till now that it didn't protect or treat again worms. I used to give them Revolution, will switching to Revolution Plus be enough to treat the worms and then prevent?

Answer:

No - it's more for prevention. Use an oral dewormer to be sure. It's so unusual for an adult cat to have roundworms, I would recommend using a broad spectrum dewormer like Drontal Plus. The only 2 types of worms that are visible in their stool or vomitus 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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DateApr 7, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicPregnant cat with worms
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What medicine cat I buy to treat my pregnant cat with tape worms that won’t hurt her babies?

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

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DateApr 2, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicTopical treatment
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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?

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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

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DateMar 29, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicDeworming and meds
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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).

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DateMar 27, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicDeworming and meds
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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

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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)

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DateMar 24, 2021
CategoryWorms
Pet Typenull
TopicWhite 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

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