Best Dewormers for Cats:
The best way to treat fleas is with a liquid dewormer. There are many brands available today, but they all have their advantages and disadvantages. Liquid dewormers work better than pills because they don’t need to be taken daily like tablets do.
They also last longer than pills and can be used while sleeping or driving. Some liquid dewormers even come in a spray form so you can use them anywhere there’s water!
Liquid Dewormers For Cats
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Drontal (Drontia solium) – Drontal is a type of tapeworm parasite that causes a painful condition called “drunken diarrhea”. It affects dogs and cats alike. Drinking alcohol increases your risk of getting it from eating undercooked meat or contaminated water.
Dogs can get drunk from drinking beer and wine, but cats cannot. Cats become infected when they ingest the eggs of the tapeworm larvae inside the stool. Once ingested, these eggs hatch into adult worms which invade the small intestine where they mature and grow into adults. Adult tapeworms are not harmful to humans or other animals; however, if left untreated, they can cause severe health problems such as anemia and weight loss leading to death within a few months.
Drontal is available in a liquid form that can be given to cats of all ages. It is provided as a single dose, so there is no need to worry about under or over medication. The most common side effect is diarrhea.
This drug is the best way to get rid of tapeworms, but it does not prevent reinfestation. You will need to re-treat your cat every three months if he or she is at high risk of reinfestation.
Most cats hate the taste of Drontal, so you may need to hide it in some food or place it directly into their mouths. You should avoid using bitter products such as Campho-Phenique to mask the flavor, as these can cause serious side effects. It is also important to stick to the dosing instructions.
Overdosing can lead to excessive diarrhea and vomiting, which can be potentially harmful in pets. Drontal is not effective against all types of tapeworms, so if your cat has a different type of tapeworm you may need to use a different drug.
Panacur C – Panacur is an effective broad-spectrum dewormer that gets rid of roundworms and most hookworms. It does not target tapeworms or most common intestinal flukes, such as those that cause kidney and liver damage. It comes in a packet of granules that can be mixed into wet food.
It is only available through veterinarians and not available over the counter.
Fenbendazole –Fenbendazole is a broad-spectrum anti-worm medication that targets most types of intestinal worms, including roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, threadworms and most common tapeworms. It is available in tablet, paste, and liquid form. It can be used preventatively at monthly intervals to protect pets from getting worms, but it should not be the only precaution taken.
It does not kill all types of worms or infection. For best results, the pet should be tested for worms before treatment begins and re-tested several weeks after treatment has ended.
Some pets do not tolerate fenbendazole well, even when given in small doses. These animals may experience diarrhea or gastrointestinal issues. If you suspect your pet is having an adverse reaction to this medication, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Long term use of fenbendazole at high doses can lead to the development of cancer in rats. For this reason, it should only be used at the dosage rate recommended by your veterinarian.
There are a several over the counter dewormers for pets that contain Praziquantel. This is the ingredient that gets rid of tapeworms, although it does not kill other types of worms. It comes in many different forms including tablets, capsules, liquids, and gels.
Be sure to ask your veterinarian if any of these medications are right for your pet. Never give your pet any medication without first consulting a vet. Also, remember to always use preventative medications year round.
This is the only way to truly protect your cat from getting worms.
Can I get rid of my cat’s tapeworms myself?
No. Never give your pet any medication without first consulting a veterinarian. Most over the counter dewormers are not safe for cats and can cause irreparable liver damage or even death. Always consult a professional before administering any type of medication.
How can I prevent my cat from getting worms?
The best way to protect your cat from getting worms is to have it on a regular preventative. Talk to your veterinarian about the different types of dewormers available for animals. Make sure that the one you choose is right for your pet. Most veterinarians will test your cat before putting it on a preventative to make sure that it does not already have a type of worm that the medication does not target. If your cat goes outside, most vets will recommend that you have it on a preventative year round. If it stays indoors, most vets will only recommend that you have it on a preventative four times a year in order to prevent the chance of infection.
One common type of medication is a liquid that is given to the pet monthly. This type of medication can be used in cats of all ages and does not need to be adjusted depending on if your cat is neutered or spayed. It also does not protect against the other types of infections that pills or capsules do not guard against; however, it has a longer shelf life and can stay fresh for up to two years after it has been manufactured.
Liquid dewormers are also easier on the cat’s digestive system.
There are several types of worms that can infect your cat. Some of the most common are hookworms, roundworms, and heartworms. All of these can be prevented to some degree with the proper medication.
Some are easier to get rid of than others; however, all three can be life threatening if left untreated. Always remember to consult a veterinarian before starting any new medication or treatment on your pet.
Vets also recommend that all puppies and kittens get a series of shots to protect them from diseases as they grow up. These vaccines help them build up an immunity to the various viruses and bacteria that cause illnesses in dogs and cats. There are several types of commonly given vaccines, but the most common is the initial series that helps protect your pet from fatal diseases.
Heartgard – This medication protects the pet from intestinal worms and prevents many potentially fatal conditions. This treatment is available in the form of a tasty chewable that can be given once a month without upsetting the pet’s stomach.
Interceptor – This treatment works very similarly to Heartgard; however, it protects mainly against some of the heartworm varieties. It is still very important that you keep your pet from being bitten by an infected mosquito.
NexGard – This is one of the newest treatments on the market. It protects against fleas and some intestinal worms.
ProHeart – This is a once a year chewable tablet that prevents the development of heartworm in your pet. It does not, however, protect against other types of worms.
Revolution – This is an FDA approved product that protects against several types of parasites in cats. It also helps control the infestation of mites, which can cause skin irritation and hair loss.
Most of the time, veterinarians recommend getting these treatments from a pet supply store. These products usually come in smaller packages that contain between one and three months worth of preventative. This makes it much easier on people that travel a lot since you only need to bring a package or two with you when you go on vacation rather than taking enough for several months.
While these medications are usually safe for most pets, it is still important to follow the directions on the label. Overdosing can lead to some serious health complications and even death in extreme cases. Be sure to consult with a veterinarian before starting any type of medication on your pet.
Never give your pet any human medications; they could be dangerous.
It is important to note that these preventative treatments do not kill existing worms and their eggs. You will still need to take your pet in for routine checkups in order to ensure that the infestation has not already taken place.
Also, these medications do nothing to protect your pet from other types of infection. Be sure to keep your pet away from potentially infected areas such as infected water sources and other animals.
The in-house preventatives are generally not enough to keep your pet safe from all the dangers out there. There are other steps that you can take in order to help protect your companion while he’s on his own.
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that your pet wears his tags at all times. These tags include a registration tag, a rabies tag, and any other special tags that you might have such as a medical information tag. Not only should these tags contain current information about your pet, but they should also contain accurate information about you in case someone finds your pet and wants to return him to you.
You should also have your pet microchipped. Like human patients, some pets can become dehydrated and disoriented, which can make it difficult for them to find their way home. A simple microchip the size of a grain of rice can help make it easier for vets and shelters to identify your pet and return him to you.
Finally, you will need to take steps to keep your pet from straying too far away from you when out in public. This might mean using a leash and harness instead of a collar. It might also mean that you have to educate children in the area not to approach your pet or tease him.
While this may be a minor hassle, it is well worth it for the peace of mind that you will get from knowing your pet is safe and happy.
Follow these tips, and your furry friend will be around for a long time to come!
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