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Kitten worming

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I had a litter of feral kittens foisted on me to foster. They of course turned out to have worms which leads me to a specific and general question:

The vet prescribed strongid for the hookworms. The shelter was out but said that other groups use Panacur. I called the vet to get dosing info and was told that Panacur wouldn't work on "hooks." The literature I've found via google seems mixed so perhaps hookworm is an off label treatment for Panacur. Also, even if it does work Panacur (10% - 10mg/ml) made for cattle & horses needs somewhere between .1 & .5 ml for a kitten. Anyone know more about this?

The general question is that in the future, rather than putting up with weeks of diarrhea, I'm going to implement a worming protocol (to include hooks since they are prevelant around here) for all new kittens. Curious as to what sort of protocol is everyone else using?

post #2 of 7
Sorry I can't help, but I am bumping this to the top so it won't be accidently overlooked by those who know kittens.
post #3 of 7
Our original vet used Drontal for roundworm. We've not had hookworm problems. The Drontal, however, did not work. The new vet uses Panacur first and doesn't even bother with Drontal. When it doesn't work, they then use Strongidt. Spooky had two rounds with Panacur and one round with Strongidt before we finally got rid of the roundworm. I just placed a call to our vet to discuss the worm and treatment issue, and I'll have a solid answer for you on the hookworm question as soon as he calls back.

(BTW - when I say "one round with..." I mean the full course of treatment, which is several doses over a multi-week period of time.)
post #4 of 7
Sorry, I didn't get the chance to post yesterday after I spoke to the vet. I forgot to ask for dosage (sorry!!!!), but our vet says Panacur AND Strongid-T both work for round worm, hookworm and tapeworm. They feel Panacur is the best, but many worms have developed resistance, so when Panacur doesn't work, then they use Strongid-T.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks, further reading revealed that Panacur is not approved for use in cats by the FDA but is considered safe to do so by the manufacturer. There are also reports of roundworm resistance to Panacur which you may have run into. But don't forget the lifecycle of the worm. Drugs only kill those in the intenstinal track at time of treatment. Encysted larvae may hatch and reinfect the host making it look like treatment was ineffective.

What surprised me is that no one seems to have a worming protocol they routine follow with new cats.
post #6 of 7
Yeah - we've encountered round worm resistance to Drontal and Panacur. We're not even actually sure the Strongid-T worked, we're taking stool samples in Monday. But the vets do deal with the lifecycle of the worms as the treatment is actually a series of doses administered every two or three weeks, three or four times depending upon which medication is used.
post #7 of 7
Our Humane Society uses Panacur - 2 rounds of dosage with a week break between. For my own cats, our vet uses Strongid-T and Droncit.
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