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Not sure, just had a kitten yesterday and I've found a worm

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like thing by her bum...
Not sure, just had a kitten yesterday and I've found a worm like thing by her bum, my sister seems to think it's a maggot but I'm not to sure, I have a 3 year old and I'm worried it will harm him
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. There are all sorts of infestations the kitten can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the kitten?
Customer: No thats all, otherwise she is a very happy kitten
Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Cat
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Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago
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Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

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Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago

Do you have a picture of what you are seeing?

How old is this kitten?

Has he had any veterinary care thus far?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No pic sorry..the kitten is 8 weeks. And I was told that she was treated for fleas and worms and need a flee top up the end of next week,
Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago

Did the worm look like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uk_aCZxmWY

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Kind of not so active or big, it was like only the head was slowly moving
Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago

What you're most likely seeing are tapeworm segments. It may be that this kitten was dewormed and these worms either develop since the last deworming or the medication needed to rid the kitten of this type of worm was not used (common in 6-8 week old kittens who are usually dewormed with pyrantel and not praziquantel, which will rid the body of tapeworms). People can acquire tapeworms by ingesting them, so be sure your child is washing his hands regularly and specifically after handling the kitten to minimize transmission.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok, can this be harmful to him? And so my next step should be to get her to the vets first thing?
Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago

Tapeworms can be harmful to their health, but typically most animals with them experience mild to moderate symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, occasional diarrhea, weight loss, etc. We'd like to see a kitten treated promptly, but this is not an emergency situation so long as he's still eating and drinking well. I would get him in to see the vet as quickly as possible. They will be able to offer treatment the same day either through an oral pill or injection. Some pet stores will offer tapeworm treatment through products with piperazine which I find to typically not be greatly effective and it can sometime make young kittens sick. I would personally stick with a vet visit over a pet store option, if at all possible, though these options do exist.

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