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Have a pregnant cat, due any day, and have tapeworm segments…

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Hello! Have a pregnant cat, due any day, and have tapeworm segments in bedding/on bed. Everything I have read says it is ok to administer praziquantel to a pregnant or nursing cat, but to check with vet first. Is this ok?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. We need to be extra careful with pregnancies, so we'll need to connect you with the Veterinarian ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the cat?

No thats it. She was brought to our local vet two weeks and we were told she was dewormed, checked out and a-okay, but now seeing segments and would like to get rid of the worm. our local vet is closed today

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. B., Cat Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Provided it is just Praziquantel with nothing else added in (ie piperazine), it is safe to use during pregnancy or during lactation. So, that compound itself is fine if she is pregnant. Otherwise, you could use Panacur (Fenbendazole) as that too is safe and can be used on the kittens once they are >2 weeks old (where we can only use Praziquantel once kittens are >1kg in weight).

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Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Thank you! Excellent info. IS there any chance that the kitten fetuses are infected?
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. B., Cat Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

You are very welcome,

No, thankfully this would not spread transplacentally but we can see infection if mum is still shedding tapeworm segments when they are born from fecal-oral transmission. Hence why getting mum tapeworm free is ideal. :)

All the best,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Wonderful, I thought the same, no telling what the little kittens might eat on accident as they are shopping around for teets. Thanks so much. One last thing. Should I subtract any weight considering the kittens inside or is her weight "as is" okay?
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
for dosage)
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. B., Cat Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

You are very welcome, my dear. :)

You should be fine to dose her for her current weight as we don't usually need to subtract for the wee ones with these wormers.

All the best,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
thanks so much happy new year!
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. B., Cat Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

You too. :)

Dr. B.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. B., Cat Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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