Get Rid of Tapeworms in Your Pets
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Tapeworms are intestinal parasites of dogs and cats. This parasite attaches to the small intestinal wall by hook-like mouthparts. Eventually, adult tapeworms may reach several inches in length. As the adult matures, individual segments break off from the main body of the tapeworm and pass into the stool.
- Know where to look. You will usually be more aware of tapeworms in your pets than the veterinarian since the eggs do not show up in a fecal sample unless the veterinarian centrifuges the fecal sample. The segments will be found around the rear of the pet or in the stools.
- Control fleas. Tapeworms must have an intermediate host, the flea, to complete its life-cycle and infest the next victim. Your pet gets tapeworms by swallowing a flea infected with tapeworm larvae, or by eating a small mammal, usually a rodent, that contains the worm. Flea control involves treatment of your dog, the indoor environment and the outdoor environment where the dog resides.
- Administer praziquantel which is found in Droncit, and Drontal Plus (from the vet by prescription) and Tradewinds Tapeworm Tabs (the generic form that is now over-the-counter and much less expensive).
- If the pet lives in a flea-infested environment, reinfection with tapeworms may occur in as little as two weeks.
- Because the medication which treats tapeworm infection is so effective, return of the tapeworms is almost always due to reinfection from the environment.
- Control of fleas is the cornerstone of preventing tapeworm infection. With the new and exciting flea control products which have become available, this is now much easier than in years past.
- Tapeworms can infect people, although infection is not common or likely. A flea must be ingested for humans to become infected with the most common tapeworm of dogs. Most reported cases have involved children. The most effective way to prevent human infection is through aggressive, thorough flea control. The risk for infection with this tapeworm in humans is quite small but does exist.
Things You'll Need
- You will need to rid the home of fleas.
- Tapeworm treatment with praziquantel, now found over-the-counter.
- Promptly treat when tapeworms are detected.
- Appropriate disposal of all pet feces, especially in public parks, yard, or playgrounds.
- Strict hygiene practices for children after playing outdoors.
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Sources and Citations
- http://www.tape-worm.info/ Ewwwww! My Pet Has Tape Worms! best info on identifying and getting rid of Tapeworms