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Worms that Cause Pimples on Head

We recently heard from a reader about her son. We are pretty sure we have been contacted by this reader before, and perhaps even answered a similar question, but we are happy to clarify. She explained that her son had some itchy pimples on his scalp. Thinking they were boils, she squeezed them. A month later she treated him for worm and the pimples disappeared. She wonders what kind of worm this was. Continue reading [...]
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Worms in Your Belly Button (Navel)

A reader wrote us a couple of days ago with an interesting and distressing question. She reports that her "belly button is a little big," and that sometimes she has "worm like movements" in her belly button. She says this "makes it hard and paralyses me," and also that it's "like a battle is going on in there." Understandably, she wants to know how to address the worms in her belly button - or, technically, the worm-like movements in the area of her belly button - as she has been dealing with the problem for years. What's going here? Continue reading [...]
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Immiticide Heartworm Medicine Shortage: 2012 Update

Those who own or have treated dogs infected with heartworm have been waiting for an update on the 2011/2012 Immiticide shortage. The veterinary profession went into a near panic when drug giant Merial, makers of the only canine heartworm treatment on the market, Immiticide, announced in August of 2011 that they had to temporarily halt distribution of the drug for several weeks to several months. Citing a “technical issue in the plant,” the company went on to say that their inventory of Immiticide was depleted and that veterinarians should work on alternative protocols for treating and managing heartworm disease, such as a combination of steroids, antihistamines and preventative heartworm medication. Continue reading [...]

Help! My Cat Threw Up Two Tapeworms

Symptoms of worm infections are similar regardless of the worm that has infected the cat or kitten. The only way to be 100% sure of the types of worms infecting your animal is to provide a stool sample to your local veterinarian for testing. Continue reading [...]

Feline Worm Identification

Ringworm lives in dead skin, while hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms, and whipworms, live in the cat’s intestines. Also known as dermatophytosis, ringworm is an infection in the dead layer of the skin, hair, and nails. The fungus uses dead tissue, called keratin, in the skin as a source of nutrition. Continue reading [...]

Signs of Cat Worms

Even a small number of heartworms can be serious. Signs of heartworm include respiratory stress (difficulty breathing or rapid shallow breathing), gagging or vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Continue reading [...]
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