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Q: If one of my cats got tapeworms, do all my pets need dewormer?

January 14, 2009 | By Brooke B. | 12 answers | Expired: 2030 days ago

Brooke B.

The infected cat was given dewormer, as well as my other cat who was at the vet anyway. BUT there are 2 other cats and 1 dog in the house. Do they all need dewormer? The vet said I should bring them all in, but is that really necessary? I'm having trouble determining if tapeworms are contagious or not.

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Heatherzopff
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Jan 15, 2009

tapeworms are not contagious. they get them from ingesting a flea. you can either take a poop sample to the vet, or wait to see if you see the small rice looking worms in the poop. with the cats you will see the dried up ones on their butt or where they lay or sit. if you animals have fleas though i would just go ahead and treat them all, its not going to hurt.

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Geoff L.
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Jan 14, 2009

They definately all need to get treatment.

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Marnie B.
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Jan 14, 2009

They all need to be treated because they've all had exposure.

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Scottyo90
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Jan 14, 2009

All cats need to be dewormed-they share a litter box which is a good way to get infected.

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Ethel02
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Jan 14, 2009

worms are contagious they can pick them up from sniffing other animals poop even when out on a walk, fleas are usually dead after the first frost, my dog got fleas once many years ago and never got worms.

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Ethel02
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Jan 14, 2009

The Vet is right, bring them all in or at least a sample of poop, I keep my 3 dogs on interceptor all year, 1x a mo. it's for heartworm & usually used in hot weather, but it also takes care of all worms & some other creepy crawlies they pick up, & I don have to get a heartworm test before starting them back on it in summer & I use frontline for fleas & ticks in the summer, not for worms.

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JAlbertson
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Jan 14, 2009

No they all don't need the dewormer. Just because one of them has them does not mean they all do. To get tapeworms they have to eat the flea, rodent, beatle, etc. that the cat with tapeworms ate to get the worms. If you think they got it from fleas, the best thing to do with that is to control the flea population you have so you wont have to worry about tapeworms again.

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Rick H.
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Jan 14, 2009

I would treat them all. Why take the chance?

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Pai's Mom
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Jan 14, 2009

Yes-you should treat all of them. It only takes one flea to infest an animal. If one cat has groomed another cat,infestation can take place. It would be better to treat now for worms then to have to treat a more serious issue later.

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Tammy M.
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Jan 14, 2009

I have 6 cats and one of them had tapeworms recently. My vet will allow me to purchase the medicine without bringing the cat in. She also told me the only way it spreads is through the cat having fleas or eating a rodent. I watch them for signs of tapeworms before worming. Also, you can usually purchase tapeworm medicine at a vet supply as long as you know the cat's weight-that will save you an office visit expense.

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