You might have been asked to administer strongid to your cat but might have some questions about it. Read on if you’re wondering about side effects, dosage information, using it for your cat’s tapeworm or what exactly it treats in your cat.
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What is Strongid?
Strongid is a brand of Pyrantel Pamoate which is commonly used by veterinarians to treat certain types of infectious parasites in both dogs and cats. It works to either paralyse or completely eradicate the parasite altogether by targeting their immune system. They will then release their grip on the infected area; typically, your cat’s’ intestines. Alternative brands include Nemex, Drontal and RFD Liquid Wormer. The drug is available over the counter in America, but should not be administered without the direction of a vet. It is available in either the form of a solid pill or a syrupy liquid.
What is it Used for?
Your cat is likely to be prescribed Strongid for roundworms or hookworms, parasites which can be picked up by your pet quite easily from soil which has been fouled by infected faeces. You should be aware of the symptoms of such infections, as, for one, they will be damaging to the health of your pet. Roundworm, for example, typically causes small lesions devoid of hair; were as hookworms will affect your cat’s eating habits and appearance.
They may also present symptoms such as diarrhea or constipation. Moreover, these conditions may equally affect humans, so it is important not to give them a chance to spread. Young children are particularly prone to picking them up, as they are easily transmitted via tainted soil.
Young kittens are commonly born with similar internal parasites, and so it is advisable to consult your vet about the use of Strongid during the incipient stages of their lives. They are prone to catching hookworms from their mum, who often find themselves the victim of dormant roundworm cysts. Pregnancy compromises a cat’s immune system, and leads to re-infection – so it comes to be that your kitten is possibly filled with worms when it is born. As such, Strongid is predominantly used to treat those cats who are still young. However, it can also be used to treat such conditions in adult pets and is done so without a huge risk of further damage to already quite enervated pets. Since kittens are so disposed to picking up parasites, it may be a good idea for you to organise a regular de-worming plan with your vet.
Even those house-proud indoor cats are liable to pick up an infection if they eat infected insects or rodents, or if they pick up worm eggs from contaminated bedding or clothing, so all cat owners should be vigilant against the worm.
Strongid Side Effects
The probability of any side effects resulting from the use of Strongid is for the most part small, although caution is always prudent as there are a number of known consequences for some specific cases. If your kitten is very seriously affected and there is a high amount of worms present in her intestine, she will likely develop a bit of a bulge as a result of her intestines reacting to the change of losing the worms. If your pet is particularly not well, i.e. incredibly ill, you should avoid using Strongid if there is no evidence of the cause of their illness. Also avoid use if your cat is allergic or severely sensitive to the drug.
Otherwise, in general cases your cat’s digestion habits may be disrupted – which can present itself either by diarrhoea, constipation or sickness. Obviously, if the intensity of their reaction seems to be unusual, take him to the vet. Generally, though, your pet shouldn’t expect too much disturbance, as Strongid is a rather mild medication.
Using Strongid for Tapeworms
Tapeworms are different to other kinds of parasites such as hookworms, and they can’t be treated with Strongid. As such, it is important to distinguish the nature of your pet’s infection, but the vet should easily be able to prescribe a suitable medication by examining some droppings
If you are vigilant enough, you could discriminate between tapeworm and other sorts of infection by their distinct symptoms. Firstly, cats will really only be affected with tapeworms if they either eat an infected mouse or have fleas.
Once infected, there will be little whitish markings on their poo. These will somewhat resemble small grains of rice or sesame seeds, and will be bigger than the eggs which are present in faeces infected with hookworm.
You should always be careful with Strongid as, likewise to any form of medication, it can be dangerous to cats if incorrectly administered. It would therefore always be advisable to consult a vet before you start any round of treatment, even if you have an idea yourself as to the problem at hand.
Is One Dose Enough for My Cat?
Upon consultation with your vet, he may prescribe you Strongid for your cat. The specific dosage prescribed can vary according to individual circumstance, and one dose may well be sufficient to eliminate a cat’s condition.
Perhaps more often, however, vets will propose that this initial dose should be followed up after a few weeks with another. This is probably the most common prescription, but it really just depends on whether there are any signs of infection subsequent to treatment. Usually the first dose is strong enough to kill of the worms themselves, but aren’t able to get rid of the eggs as well. Thus, it important to keep an eye on the poo until you are sure that your cat is completely clean.