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Pyrantel Pamoate (you are probably used to hearing it called "Strongid") for less than a dime US per cat dose, Panacur for a buck or two (US) per dose, and a "Drontal"-equivalent for about $2.50 [US] per tablet.
Pyrantel Pamoate: This is the same stuff your vet probably uses to worm for rounds and hooks; s/he probably refers to it by the brand name “Strongid.” Refer to “The Pill Book” for dosage. If you're worming lots of cats, the cheapest source *per ounce* is: http://www.kvvet.com Item #28901-8 is 8 ounces costs $12.95 and will provide about 160 doses for, say, 7-pound cats. 16 ounce and 32 ounce sizes are also available for, of course, an even lower cost-per-ounce. If you aren't worming that-all many cats and want to buy a smaller quantity, http://revivalanimal.com sells 2 ounces of the same stuff for $7. Remember that you need to re-worm in 7 to 10 days, or you won't break the roundworms' life cycle!!! (Remember to buy syringes [of course you don't need needles since it's an oral wormer] to measure it with!) Panacur (Fenbendazole): Occasionally, a strain of worms crops up that's resistant to Pyrantel Pamoate. In these cases, Panacur (Fenbendazole) is generally effective. However, it's considerably more hassle as it HAS TO be administered three days in a row, and then repeat the 3-day process a week later to break the worms' life cycle. Refer to “The Pill Book” for dosage. It's available in granules, paste, or suspension (liquid). The suspension is by far the easiest to measure into cat-sized doses, but the catch is, it's only available by the liter (got some other rescue friends who might like to split a liter?). * http://www.kvvet.com has it in all three forms Item # 26401 is a 25 g tube of paste (I calculate it to be enough to dose about (2) 9-pound cats the requisite three days running and repeat again a week later) for $5.49 at this writing. Item #28220 is a 5.2 g packet of granules (I calculate it to be enough to dose one 8-pound cat for requisite three days running and repeat again a week later). Item #26101 is a liter of the suspension, which I reckon should dose about (90) 8# cats for the (2) three-day courses of treatment a week apart. * http://www.psol.com.au can special order the suspension for you quite promptly, and save you probably US$20-30 or so shipping costs included) compared to KV's price I believe that Revival carries this, also. “Popantel for Cats” (Praziquantel + Pyrantel Pamoate) tablets (same active ingredients as Drontal) 10 tablets A$39 (approximately US$22.17 – each tablet worms one 11 pound cat for tapes, rounds & hooks – need to re-worm 1-2 weeks later to break the rounds’ life cycle though!) Note: this is actually a little MORE of the two active ingredients than is found in "Drontal for Cats and Kittens" -- the "Popantel" does about a pound more worth of cat. Available from: http://www.psol.com.au/int/index.html Australian online pet supplies – this wormer is not prescription in Australia. Shipping is typically A$7 (approximately US$3.98) unless you order quite a bunch of stuff! Orders typically arrive (in the Pacific Northwest) in about 9 days. (People on the US East Coast have reported even faster arrival.) To figure your actual cost in YOUR currency at the time you're ready to order, there is an unrelated web site with a very handy currency converter at: http://www.xe.net/ucc/ IMPORTANT NOTE: The "Popantel"/"Drontal" wormers have as their main claim to fame the fact that they kill rounds, hooks AND tapes. However, remember two things: 1) While it's not necessary to RE-worm for tapes *unless* the cat gets RE-infested by ingesting the tapeworm's intermediate host (usually a flea) again, the cat CAN be reinfested even by ingesting a DEAD flea. Get rid of the fleas FIRST before you worm for tapes (whether you're using the "Popantel" OR the "Tapewormer" tablets!) 2) If you use the "Popantel" in order to get all the worms at once, it *IS* necessary to RE-worm for roundworms after 7-10 days. The timing is critical in order to break the worms' life cycle. Given these two facts, I prefer to treat incoming cats immediately with a flea treatment (such as Frontline) and Pyrantel Pamoate, re-worm with Pyrantel Pamoate 7-10 days later, then worm for tapes a week or two, even, after that. However, using "Popantel" instead of the *second* round of Pyrantel Pamoate would be a viable compromise, especially if you've been able to brush the cat to get the dead fleas out of the coat.