Tape Worm Tabs
Tapeworm Tabs are a tapeworm medicine for tapeworms both in cats and in dogs. They're a way to deliver Praziquantel, a non-prescription drug that is used to kill tapeworms. Praziquantel kills many different kinds of parasites, but it is especially good at getting ride of tapeworms. The reason is that tapeworms attach themselves to the inside of your pet's intestines with a little sucker on their mouths. They're very long, and the sucker is the only thing holding them inside the pet when the animal has a bowel movement. Praziquantel makes the sucker not work as well, and it also makes the tape worm move around. That causes tapeworms to be passed in your pet's stool - pretty gross, but better than having them in there.
The tabs are a brand name of the generic drug, and you can feed them to your pet directly or crumble them and put them in your pet's food. You get a different version depending on whether you have a dog or a cat (they need different doses).
Are they safe? Are there any side effects?
Yes, side effects are pretty rare with Praziquantel. However, sometimes pets will vomit, lose appetite or weight, have diarrhea, or generally become inactive. The tabs avoid side effects associated with injection, but just so you know if you get Praziquantel in an injectable form there is sometimes minor pain or swelling. You shouldn't give it to pets younger than four weeks old, and even though it's OTC you should at least talk to your vet about it and take your pet in for an exam first to make sure it actually has tapeworms.
Where can I buy them?
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