PetMeds® Treating Tapeworms in Cats

Tapeworms are commonly transmitted through infected fleas One of most common presenting worms in feline medicine is when feline guardians report to their veterinarians that they are seeing small flat rice like segments around the anal opening or under the tail.  These worms are in most cases called tapeworms.  While tapeworms don’t usually cause a lot of severe clinical diseases in cats, large numbers can cause anal irritation/scooting, as well as being just unsightly for animal guardians.

Tapeworms are usually transmitted when a cat has groomed itself and ingested a flea, which is the most common way that tapeworms are transmitted.  On occasion, animals may also get tapeworms from ingesting wildlife stool such as rabbit feces. With diligent flea control with products like Advantage or Frontline Plus, animal guardians can go a long way towards preventing these unsightly parasites.  1800PetMeds has a wonderful over the counter product that can be used in treating tapeworms called Tape Worm Tabs.  The main ingredient most effective is called praziquantel.  While one dose is usually all that is needed, I will sometimes repeat a dose in 3-4 weeks just to make sure the tapeworms are gone.

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  1. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 2, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Yes still here. Try different form of natural treatment such as using essential oils, and/or also consider Sentry natural product to apply to back. Go to website for some other natural options.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 3, 2015 at 12:01 am

    See the roundworm and tapeworm natural suggestions in the book Dr Pitcairns’ guide to NAtural health for dogs and cats by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, phd

  3. I went to that website and saw some ‘barks’ that you can use but they don’t tell how to administer to the pet (cats). I have outside mostly wild ones but they have tapes.

  4. I have the book, thanks. Been through it cover to cover. Nothing working. I’m wondering whether long-term roundworms could cause irreversible intestinal distress that might never get better. It’s incredibly stressful.. for both of us. She goes whenever (about 6-8x a day), and WHEREVER it’s convenient. Ruined most of my carpeting. Needless to say, I luv the little bugger, but our relationship is becoming beyond strained…. Can roundworms be continuous? ..or cause long-term issues?

  5. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 9, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Roundworms rarely continuous and DONT typically cause long term issues.

  6. Jo, I have Pitcairn’s first book, too. My vet is one of the contributors but he does not do holistic because he said that most people want faster results than that kind of treatment can provide. So, why don’t you just give the cat the yellow liquid for roundworms, like I did, get rid of them and your life will be much easier. I don’t think it’s as harmful as having those worms all the time and the kitten being miserable.. It could also have ghiardia. That’s a hard one to find in the stool because when out of the body, it just dissolves..

  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Although conventional wormers are sometimes necessary, as a Richard Pitcairn trainee myself, I also must say that the constitution of the cat should be improved, hopefully through diet and homeopathic remedy prescribing, which is well worth the investment in time and patience to avoid future chronic health issues and expense.

  8. Have ordered Dog Worms3 for dogs, can I give it to cats?

  9. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I would not use a dog only labelled products for cats.

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