Tape Worm Tabs Pet Medication
- Dog or Cat
- Availability: OTC
- Active Ingredient(s):
- What is Tape Worm Tabs used for?
Praziquantel is an anthelminthic (dewormer) used to treat tapeworm (cestode) infestation.
- How Tape Worm Tabs should be used?
Praziquantel is FDA approved for use in dogs and cats. The usual dose of praziquantel, given as a one time dose, for dogs and puppies at least 4 weeks old is under 5 lbs give ½ tab, 6-10lbs give 1 tab, 11-15lbs give 1 ½ tabs, 16-30lbs give 2 tabs, 31-45lbs give 3 tabs, 46-60lbs give 4 tabs, over 60lbs give 5 tabs maximum. The usual dose of praziquantel, given as a one time dose, for cats and kittens over 6 weeks old is under 4 lbs give ½ tab, 5-11lbs give 1 tab, over 11 lbs give 1 ½ tab. The tablets may be crumbled and mixed with food. Fasting is neither necessary nor recommended. It may be necessary to repeat the dose 2 or 3 weeks later.
- What are the side effects?
Side effects are rare but may include vomiting, loss of appetite, drowsiness or diarrhea in dogs and increased salivation and diarrhea in cats.
- What special precautions are there?
Praziquantel should not be used in animals allergic to it. Because humans can contract tapeworm from animals, it is important to maintain good personal hygiene. It is also important to eliminate fleas on the pet and in the household and to not feed the pet rodents or uncooked meat or fish. To prevent reinfection, daily cleanup of stools is recommended.
- In the event of overdose?
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. While rare, symptoms of overdose may include vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea and salivation.
- How should I store Tape Worm Tabs?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and should NOT be considered veterinary advice. Any veterinary questions should be referred to your veterinarian. This information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. Please make your own inquiries with your veterinarian for the suitability of a product for your pet.