I have two dogs (inside pets) that need worming. Are there some home remedies that will help me since funds are short? Thanks for any advice.
By Nelwyn from Bunkie, LA
Thankfully, it's very cheap to buy worming medication, only about $6 at most vets and the vet does not need to see your pet (if they say they do, go to another vet!). I recently bought a large bottle of worming medication for $12, but I lost it, so I went back and bought a second smaller bottle at a different vet and it only cost me $6.
There is no effective "natural" worming medication for pets besides the stuff you buy at the vet and you can't beat the price! You use 1 cc per pound of weight, so this is how you know how much to buy and usually they recommend the pet be wormed again in 2 weeks (just to make sure all the worms are out).
I am talking about round worms and pin worms, etc, NOT tape worms. Tape-worms require a different wormer. But if you use the flea medication "Revolution", it also kills tape-worms, not just the fleas! You will know if your pet has tape-worms because they will have little white things stuck under their tail that look like dried grains of rice. With the round worms, you will sometimes see them in their poop, or when they are really bad, they will throw them up and you will have a nasty mess of wiggling worms to clean up. (This happened to my daughter's pet.)
Also, the way the worming medication works is very safe (I did some research). What happens is the wormer paralyzes the worms and they lose hold of the intestines (or stomach with tape-worms), but because the pets intestines don't absorb the wormer, it comes out with hardly any of it going in to the dogs' or cats' system. (05/04/2010)
Panacur (fenbendazole) (available as a paste or liquid) is available at your agricultural supply store. It is good for most worms, although it does not treat tape worms. Tapeworms are more aesthetically displeasing than a real problem unless the population is high. They can cause anemia if the population is high and they are left untreated.
The dosage that you find on the internet is accurate (25mg/pound). It is given for three days in divided dosage to reduce toxicity. It should be repeated in three weeks because it will take that long for the immature worms to develop. If you get them at three weeks, they will not develop to sexual maturity. Deworming rather than worming is the proper term. Deworming should be performed twice a year in the spring and fall. The tapeworms can be prevented by controlling fleas. (05/05/2010)
Please take your babies to the vet and have them examine your pet. There are different kinds of worms that require different medications. Tapeworms must be treated by your vet. There is not an over the counter medication for this. I have been a vet tech for over 20 years. Good luck. (05/05/2010)
You do not know what type of worms your animals have. Heart worms can be fatal. Any worms can be a horrid experience for your pets. Please, please take your animals to your local humane society as they are low cost and might do payments. Very cheap and will save your animals' lives and health. If you were sick you would not want someone trying a home remedy on you and if you love your pets please take the best care. (05/06/2010)
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