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Help (please) worming a cat

David kller_ at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 3 00:59:01 EST 1998

I am trying to get an idea of what kinds of worms a cat is prone to 
get, and what is used to get rid of them. So far the feel I get is 
that they are prone to Toxascaris leonina, but not much to
Toxocara canis, both of which are roundworms, the latter more of
a dog problem. And both are usually treated with piperazine. Is that
about right?

And that they are not as likely to get hookworms, but when they do:
"Ancylostom tubaeforme is the most pathogenic hookworm of cats."
Is that right? What does pathogenic mean? And in treating them:
"Anthelmintics that require only a single dose (pyrantel pamoate or 
disophenol) act the most rapidly and are the most effective." 
What are anthelmintics?

Tapeworms aren't as likely to do real physical harm to cats, but it is
nasty to see their wiggling segments that drop out the cats ass?
And "Those that most commonly infect cats are Dipylidium caninum (the 
same as in the dog) and Taenia taeniaeformis. Dipylidium infections 
develop in dogs or cats that have ingested fleas or biting lice carry
-ing the infective developing tapeworm."
"Many medications have proven efficacy against the tapeworms of dogs
and cats. Some show activity against one or more tapeworm species, but
most fail against at least one species.
Praziquantel is effective against the widest spectrum of tapeworms
affecting dogs and cats. "

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