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Tapeworms aren't too serious luckily and are easy enough to get rid of. They are easy to spot either in your pet's stool, or around your pet's anus. But if you really want the lowdown on everything that has to do with tapeworms, you should read this.
As soon as I noticed Shiner had tapeworms, I wondered if there was something over the counter that I could find from the store to get rid of them with. I searched different Dewormers available through PetSmart online, but couldn't ever find any active drug ingredient lists for them.
Later, while I was shopping at our local H-E-B store I noticed some dewormers on a shelf and grabbed a box to see what was inside. Score! The one I had picked up said it was for tapeworms and contained Praziquantel, which is the correct drug for getting rid of tapeworms. I bought a box hoping it would do the trick but was still skeptical.
The product I purchased was Sergeant's Vetscription Worm Away 7. The medicine also is supposed to work for hookworms and roundworms and contains pyrantel pamoate, the drug used to clear up those 2 types of worm infections.
I got home and gave Shiner two tablets, as per the directions on the box. The next day, I saw no more tapeworms and haven't seen any since. Hooray! It really did work! I've always been so skeptical about over the counter dewormers for dogs.
Here's why I think over the counter dewormers don't work for everyone. First of all, the only type of worm you will ever see with your bare eyes are tapeworms. Technically, you only see segments of a tapeworms as it breaks off in pieces when it comes out.
Any other intestinal parasite is going to be diagnosed with a microscope. Hookworms and whipworms are microscopic and are diagnosed by finding eggs with fecal examinations. Roundworms are big enough to see, but they live in your pet's gut and do not come out. Maybe on a rare occasion a pet owner could see a roundworm, but I still have never even seen one. They are also diagnosed by finding microscopic eggs with a fecal examination.
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With that being said, how would a pet owner ever know what type of worm their pet had without visiting a veterinarian first? And unless you know what type of parasite you're dealing with, you can't accurately medicate an animal for it. There are certain types of dewormers for certain types of worms. That is why I think over the counter worm medications don't work for everyone all of the time.
Also, if your pet is sick and experiencing gastrointestinal issues like upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, etc. chances are it's not because of worms. Going to the store and picking up a generic dewormer is probably not going to help. One phrase I've heard quite often is "I think he has worms, because he's lost a lot of weight lately". I'll be the first to tell you that worms are not the answer to every pet's health problem.
But, at least I now know that there is a good over the counter dewormer for tapeworms I can trust if I ever need it again. Hopefully, I don't!
Other Helpful Links:
- Tapeworms and Pets: All You'll Ever Need (and want) to Know
- Why Is Your Dog or Cat Dragging Their Butt on the Floor?
- 5 Common Parasites and Diseases That Are Spread by Dog Poop
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