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Q. Can I get meds over the counter for stomach worms I really dont have the money to pay for a vet visit

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. It depends on where you live - in the U.S. You can buy the medication Panacur over the counter. It's a very good general dewormer, however do be aware that you typically need to run a fecal test to look for parasite eggs in order to 1.) be sure that your dog has worms and 2.) know the kind of worms present in order to choose the proper therapy. The risk you run with the approach you're considering is that many, many diseases cause GI problems in dogs, and assuming your dog has worms may delay treatment of other diseases.

If you purchase Panacur, be sure to follow the package directions, and if your dog doesn't improve quickly you're doing to need to seek the advice of a vet.


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