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: Jan 12, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hookworms
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Question:We took in a stray 1 yr. old 61# male Husky/Great Pyrenees mix. After taking him to a mobile clinic, he came back positive for hookworm. Can we treat him with otc dewormer? What would be the schedule? Also, we have 2 other dogs in the same yard as this dog. They take Heart Guard regularly, should they be ok against the hookworm?

Answer:Yes, there are many over-the-counter options for treatment. I like Safe Guard (mainly beause it is broad spectrum and covers other intestinal parasites that are hard to see on fecals but pretty common - whipworms and Giardia but also very strong against hook worms and roundworms). Repeat the 3 days packets in 3 weeks to get the entire life cycle of the hook worm. If your dogs take Heartgard every month, they should be protected BUT it doesn't hurt to deworm them as well with a product like Safe Guard. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html

Date: Jan 10, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Symparica and worming
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Question:If I'm giving my adult rescue dogs Simparica Trio, will I also need to worm them?

Answer:No, not really - if you give it monthly and have your veterinarian do a fecal once a year to screen for intestinal parasites that it doesn't cover.

Date: Jan 7, 2021
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy
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Question:My mom just gave birth to 3 tiny Pomeranians. Im getting the Nemex 2 , so i can treat them my question is..... They are so tiny like 4.8oz. How do i know the proper dose>? I know it says so much pr pound but how do i break it down to what they need? and also im confused as to treat them every week or every other week? HELP! Thank you!

Answer:Check the exact concentration of your Nemex, but like for this one (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Nemex+2+Dewormer+for+Dogs-prod12389.html) a 10 pound dog would get 5ml, so a 2 pound dog would get 1 ml, 1 pound dog would get 0.5ml, etc. So since there are 16 ounces in 1 pound, a 4.8 oz puppy would get ~0.2ml. Repeat at 2 week intervals.

Date: Dec 12, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Dewormer
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Question:What is the best medicine for deworming

Answer:Drontal is the best over-the-counter dewormer for cats. Here is a link of you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: Nov 30, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How much wormer
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Question:What would be the dose of liquid Puppy Drontal for a 3 1/2 week old average size Shih Tzu puppy

Answer:Drontal is not liquid, nor is it approved for use in a 3.5 week old puppy. They also don't need the praziquantel active ingredient at that age. Look for a product that only contains the active ingredient "pyrantel pamoate" - that is what puppies that age need.

Date: Nov 19, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worms
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Question:My cat has diarrhea. I suspect worms. What should I do?

Answer:Good, broad spectrum dewormers for cats are hard to find over-the-counter but here is a good one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html Then a good probiotic for cats is this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html

Date: Oct 30, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Weight loss and eye discharge
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Question:Hi there my cat Mr. goes outside he is one to bring me gifts such as small rodents and birds . He is naturally more lean but I have noticed he is getting too thin . His coat is in great shape he eats a high quality cat food acania . Eating and drinking just fine . He also is having a lot of eye boogies and he is a bit off. Will it hurt him to treat for worms based off his exposure ? I have the bayer dewormer . I took him the vet and because of covid he went in with a tech and was too nervous for the exam . Vet said his coat was great no indication of underlying issues . That was as far as he got . I also have his sister should I treat her as well ? She does not share in his hunting activity . Thank you Debra

Answer:Yes, it is fine to treat empirically (both of them) for worms. Use a broad spectrum dewormer like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: Oct 24, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Deworming
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Question:How much dermer do you give a 7to 8 week old puppy

Answer:It entirely depends on the active ingredient and the concentration of that ingredient. (Feel free to resubmit another question with the active ingredient & concentration.)

Date: Oct 22, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Guinea pig suspecting coccidiosis
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Question:My guinea pig is not eating and drink. She used to be so energetic. I found her poop to be irregularly soft and small and saw some blood in the surface of her anus. I checked online it looks like symptoms for coccidiosis which is some parasite in her intestine. Is there any medication I can use? Please help it has being 24hours since I discovered her illness. Let me know where to get medicine right away if possible. Thank you!

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

Date: Oct 7, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: tapeworm
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Question:I have a dewormer thats 30mg pyrantel pamoate and 30mg praziquantel. Is this okay to give half a tablet to a 9 week old kitten? The vet appointment is in a couple days, but I just found worm larvae/eggs. Thanks!

Answer:No - that's a weird ratio for cats and kittens especially - you would have to give such a tiny dosage because of the praziquantel that the kitten wouldn't get enough of the pyrantel which is the ingredient that it needs the most at that age so use a dewormer formulated for cats, like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: Sep 29, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Worm meds
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Question:Sorry i didn't specify. Yes there is signs in the stool of 1 dog for sure. But they all 3 have began the dreaded butt scootin'. And that is rare for all 3. So right now im looking to cure. But since Ive got you on worms so to speak. Is their a cheaper way to buy preventive heartworm meds also? Oh and Im asking on the without script meds please.

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 All heartworm preventatives require a prescription - the cheapest ones are the Heartgard generics like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Tri+Heart+Plus+++Generic+to+Heartgard+Plus-prod10413.html

Date: Sep 28, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Wormers
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Question:I have 3 small pets (dogs) they are elderly. My question is ... Is there something that's one dose and cheaper than what I am seeing here? They are all fairly pricey when I have 3.

Answer:I can't tell why you are deworming them: are you looking for a monthly heartworm preventative, are you seeing worms in their stool, are you just looking to deworm them preventatively, or something else? Feel free to submit another question.

Date: Sep 25, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feral cat worm meds
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Question:I have a feral cat that will not allow us to touch him. He appears to have worms as he is quite thin. Is there a dewormer I can add to his food?

Answer:Yes - you can crush this one and mix into canned food. It is a good, broad spectrum one that gets hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

Date: Sep 15, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Worms
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Question:Should I take my cat to the vet or can you recommend medicine I can order

Answer:If you are seeing worms in your cat's stool, you can use over-the-counter medication. 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: Sep 13, 2020
Category: Worms
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Medication
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Question:If I’m wrong and he does not have worms will the medication hurt him

Answer:No - be sure to use a product formulated specifically for cats. Here is a good, broad spectrum dewormer: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drontal+for+Cats-prod10073.html

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