My cat may have an overdose of tapeworm medication Praziquantel.
Most tapeworm medications cause temporary side effects. Commonside-effects include vomiting, diarrhea and increased salivation. Sincethe side-effects are rare, it’s best to seek medical help if the petdevelops any unusual symptoms. Overdose is dangerous and hence, it’snecessary to follow vet instructions before administering wormingmedication.
Worms affect almost all cats, no matter how well you take care of your four-legged pals. Tapeworms, roundworms and hookworms are just some of the parasites that thrive inside your feline’s intestinal tract. She can get them by chowing down on an infected rodent, by sharing a litter box with a cat who has worms or, if she is still young, she could have worms passed down from her mother. Your veterinarian will want to evaluate some of Tabitha’s stools to figure out exactly which type of worm is making a nest out of her gut. Once he gets confirmation, he’ll be able to administer a deworming injection, if he determines it will kill the unwanted critters. Shots aren’t always the ideal choice for every type of worm, so it’s best to let your veterinarian handle the medications, rather than purchasing an over-the-counter formula on your own.
Puppies and kittens started on heartworm medications that contain intestinal wormers do not need to be dewormed every 2 weeks. No heartworm medications are effective against tapeworms, which puppies and kittens get from fleas. Either protect them with flea medications or deworm for tapeworms every 3 months.Drontal is a broad spectrum worming medication that contains theactive ingredients praziquantel and pyrantel pamoate. It’s formulatedfor use in cats weighing more than 1.5 pounds, and more than one monthold. In addition to treating tapeworms, drontal effectively killsroundworms and hookworms. The side effects of the drug includevomiting, diarrhea, increased salivation and lack of appetite. Sideeffects are rare, and if they persist it’s important to seek medicalhelp.It’s best to obtain prescribed medication to treat tapeworminfections, as over the counter products might not be suitable for allpets, especially kittens. Some cats are also prescribed other drugs forvarying conditions which could cause a reaction with certainingredients in tapeworm tablets. Tapeworm infections often goundetected during a fecal examination and hence a repeat exam may benecessary.Treatment: Praziquantal is one of the most effective medications for both common species of cat tapeworm. Other suitable treatments are fenbendazole and espiprantal. Use under veterinary guidance. must be combined with control of fleas and lice, in the case of Dipylidium caninum, and by preventing roaming and hunting in the case of other tapeworms.Pet owners should follow appropriate feces disposal methods duringthe course of medication, since both tapeworm segments anddisintegrated tapeworms are eliminated from the cat’s body. Fecalexaminations should also be conducted twice a year to detect intestinalparasites or bacterial infections.Praziquantel is the active ingredient in deworming medications for tapeworms. The function of praziquantel is to act on the system of the tapeworm so that it will dislocate from the wall of the intestines and is then passed into the feces. You may or my not see dead tapeworms in your cats stool. Praziquantel is available in a combination with other drugs for the treatment of a wide range of internal parasites. These deworming medications are prescription only and are available at your veterinarians office.