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What Should I do if My Pet Has Tapeworms?

By Monday January 22nd, 2018Blog

A veterinary examination, stool examination, and appropriate treatment is the best way to keep your canine friend happy, healthy, and parasite free. Oral and injectable deworming medications are available. Over-the-counter dewormers are not effective against most tapeworms.

what is tapeworms:

The tapeworm is a parasite found in the intestines of many pets. Worm segments containing eggs are shed and passed into the stool, leaving the tapeworm head still attached in the intestine to produce new segments. Of the most common types of canine and feline tapeworms, infection occurs by ingestion of an infected flea or infected wild prey (including rodents) to infest the intestinal tract.

Symptoms of tapeworm infection:

Tapeworms can cause diarrhea or blood-tinged stool, variation in appetite, poor hair coat, weight loss and vague signs of abdominal discomfort. Diagnosis of tapeworm is made by finding the segments in an infected pet’s stool or clinging to hair around the genital area. Fresh segments will be white, about 1/4 – 1/2 inch long and may expand and contract. Dry segments resemble sesame seeds or rice grains.

Most tapeworms are not directly passed from pet to pet, but require an intermediate host. Common intermediate hosts include fleas and small rodents. Pets will become reinfested with tapeworms if these hosts are not controlled.