hey, thanx again to those who responded caringly to my question of how and the best way to deworm my ball python. he has had his first dose of ivermec and we are now waiting to do a fecal.
now, i'd like to keep this from happening again, and since my guy eats live (i'm not happy about it either but it was a last resort next to force-feeding) i'd like to treat the food source for worms before they get digested themselves. i have a tube of zimecterin (deworming paste for horses that worked great at getting rid of mites on my 'pet' rats) but it says not to be used on animals that are to be used as a food source. does anybody know or currently use some kind of deworming solution on their feeders? care to share?
thanx,
wendy :-)
hey, thanx again to those who responded caringly to my question of how and the best way to deworm my ball python. he has had his first dose of ivermec and we are now waiting to do a fecal.

I think the normal technique is fecal exam first, THEN diagnosis of the parasite you have to treat, THEN medication for the correct parasite. Or shotgun-treating for whatever.
now, i'd like to keep this from happening again, and since my guy eats live (i'm not happy about it either but it was a last resort next to force-feeding)

Don't give up - it is still possible to convert the snake to frozen/thawed or prekilled. Lately I've been heating the rodents with my hair dryer (thanks to smart people!!) and its working great, only a second of dangling with tongs and the meal is snatched right up.
i'd like to treat the food source for worms before they get digested themselves. i have a tube of zimecterin ... 'pet' rats) but it says not to be used on animals that are to be used as a food source.

I'd take their advice/follow the instructions and not use that on feeder rodents.
Most parasites that affect mammals will not live long in a cold-blooded reptilian body. There are a few exceptions.
Myself, I treat my reptiles for a broad spectrum of parasites annually. I treat with fenbendazole (name brand Panacur, I buy the mix for horses at 100mg/kg and dose according to reptile medical books I own). I usually just inject the panacur into a dead rodent and feed it to the snake immediately. I bet you could possibly use panacur to treat the rodents, though if they were alive it wouldn't be passed on to the snake as they'd metabolize it. I have to repeat dose in 2 weeks, so you'd have to keep the rodents around at least that long to effectively use the product. Sound like a PITA!

fr0glet
I think the normal technique is fecal exam first, THEN diagnosis of the parasite you have to treat, THEN medication for the correct parasite. Or shotgun-treating for whatever.

thanx fr0glet, for your helpful reply.
i guess i should have mentioned that he did have a fecal done. that's how i knew he had worms. tapeworms.
i'm going to look into panacur.
wendy
i guess i should have mentioned that he did have a fecal done. that's how i knew he had worms. tapeworms. i'm going to look into panacur.

Preferred treatment for tapeworm is Praziquantel (Droncit).

You might want to look into a new rodent source if you're getting tapeworm from these.
The problem with worming the food source is that unless you wait until the rodent has fully metabolized the drug and it has passed completely out of it's body, it would be like worming your snake everytime you feed it.
Now, I have no idea what the effects would be of doing this, but seems to me that it would be hard on the kidneys and liver.

-Z
thank you
Panacur is for treating nematodes not tapeworms. Droncit is a better choice for tapes (cestodes). snake lady
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