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Dr. Kara
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Hello, I'm sorry to hear that Rosie has worms.
Do they look like this?

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If so these are roundworms. They are long white/tan spaghetti worms. They are
transmitted by walking through stool contaminated with eggs and then licking
their paws. They are easily treated with a medication called pyrantel or a monthly flea/heartworm/wormer like Revolution. These are passed from pet to pet via eggs in the stool so if you have other cats and they all share a litter box it is possible that they could pick them up from her. Most adult cats don't have much of an effect from roundworms but you may wish to treat all your kitties.

Or do they look like this?

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These can come out of the anus with or without stool, will wiggle and move a little and when dried can look like grains of rice. They can come out as single small segments which can stretch or in several packets together which make a longer segmented worm-like piece. These small, grains of rice type worms are tapeworms. These are picked up by eating an infected flea or rodent. Sometimes we see them stuck on the hair coat around the anus. They cannot be passed directly from one animal to another, they need to be ingested by the intermediate host (flea or rodent) and then when the intermediate host is eaten they get infected. So if your kitty has tapeworms they cannot be passed to your other pets. But if you don't get rid of all the fleas or if Rosie is a hunter she will continue to reinfest herself. They are easily treated with a medication called Praziquantal. Here is a link to a product with Praziquantal that you can purchase over the counter:

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2754523

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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