(Closed) Ugh…field trip to the vet's office this morning

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
4327 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@Sugaree:  I don’t know if it’s different for dogs and cats, but after adopting a stray, one of my housecats got tapeworms as well. I gave her (and the adopted stray) one round of deworming medication, and I made sure to eradicate any and all fleas that hitch hiked into the house, since that’s how they are spread.

It may be different for you as a dog owner because dogs go outside, and my cats don’t. Three months wouldn’t be unreasonable if you’re administering deworming pills along with frontline or any other sort of anti-flea meds.

Post # 5
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

If a pet has been there recently, my vet doesn’t require the owners to bring them back in for deworming.  You might be able to just call, and they’ll let you pick up the liquid or pills–they figure out the dose based off the pet’s weight.

Post # 6
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Agreed – you should be able to just pick up the dewormer without having to bring your dogs in. Give them a call to find out!

Post # 8
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Since you posted eight hours ago, I am assuming it’s too late, but tapeworms generally aren’t serious enough to warrant a Saturday vet trip.  You could have waited until Monday and your dogs would have been just fine.  Also, I BELIEVE you can get dewormer at 1-800-Pet-Meds without a vet’s prescription.

Post # 9
8396 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yeah you probably could have just waited until Monday. I believe you need drontal for tapeworms which does require a prescription, but usually I can just call and say there were big white worms in their poop…it’s pretty self explanatory. From what I recall tapeworms don’t shed eggs so a fecal can be pretty useless unless there are actual segments in there.

I don’t think it’s necessary to deworm a dog every three months unless maybe they live outside. You can buy panacur without a prescription which is a pretty safe dewormer, but I don’t think it covers tapeworms.

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