PetMeds® Worming for Dogs and Cats

We are often asked in the clinic how often, if at all, would a particular pet need to be wormed.  The answer to that question will vary depending upon the age and lifestyle of the particular pet. For example, most puppies and kittens are born with roundworms so worming puppies every few weeks for 2 to 3 times starting at age 3-4 weeks is usually indicated with a broad acting wormer such as Nemex or 1800PetMeds Dog Worms 3.  In addition, a proper stool check should always be performed annually at a pet’s wellness exam. Other worms such as whipworms, Giardia or coccidia can occur in pets of any age, however, roundworm infestation is much less prevalent in older pets. dog-cat-wormers

That is why it is important to keep pets on year round heartworm prevention with SentinelHeartgard Plus, or a generic equivalent such as Iverhart Plus, as these monthly broad acting heartworm products often kill and prevent many intestinal worms in dogs and cats. Given the possibility of children being exposed to roundworms or hookworms, parasite control is certainly important for our dogs and cats to lessen the exposure risk.  One of the more frustrating worms often encountered by clients are the appearance of rice like segments near the anus or in the stool which are often tapeworms.

While not particularly harmful to pets, tapeworms often come from ingesting worms due to  prior or current infestation of fleas.  Tapeworms can be treated with products like Droncit or Tapeworm Tabs for Cats. For broad acting worm control for dogs, Panacur C can be used for 3 days if worms are suspected.  Follow-up stool checks at the veterinarian should always be done to make sure no further worm burdens are present in the pet.

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  1. I have an outside cat. I mixed some roundworm medicine in wet food for him and the other night. I seen a raccoon eating some of his food. Now I’m not sure if he got his dose of food or the coon ate it. Medicine says to give one dose and give another in 10 days. Can I give him another dose (2 days) later to make sure he got it?

  2. I have 3, 10 week old kittens who have had 2 doses of strongid 3 weeks apart, and a dose of droncit for tapes. They now have diarrhea and a very distended bellys. Have tried flagyl and Amoxi drops to no avail. Is it safe to give them another course of strongid?

  3. I have a 4wk old puppy that rescue cause it mother was hit by a car & he’s got worm & is really uncomfortable. Can I give him cat wormer until I can make a vet appointment. Thank you for your help.

  4. I dont think giving a cat wormer will hurt, however probably best to wait for vet exam and evaluation for proper diagnosis of worm type and best treatment plan

  5. i would noT give them more strongid and at this time, I would strongly recommend that you wait until vet exam for proper diagnosis and treatment plan

  6. Yes i just noticed my 6mth old pup had a white colored worm, I went down to walmart and bought Pro Sense liquid dewormer and a topical flea & tick prevention… question is….is the liquid dewormer a fast acting solution? I know he gets another dose in 14days then every 30 days to prevent reinfestation.

  7. Im not familiar with this product so I cant comment on its rate of activity in your dog. The main ingredients to look for for broad spectrum wormers on an over the counter medicine are pyrantel, fenbendazole and praziquantel. You may want to call the manufacturer of this product and ask any questions

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