Types of Tapeworms In Dogs

"There are two types of tapeworms in dogs. They are not dangerous, easily treatable but can be uncomfortable for your dog"

Picture of Tapeworm Tapeworms Dog Parasite Pictures There are four types of tapeworms in dogs. Tapeworms hook onto a dog's small intestine with its mouth. Tapeworms can be as long as 8 inches to 2 feet long. One unique characteristic of these worms is that they are made up of 1/8 inch segments that break off over time and end up in your dog's stool.

The pieces that break off contain eggs that are released as the broken off segment dries. Pieces look like dried pieces of rice or cucumber seeds.

There are four types of tapeworms are.

Dipylidium Caninum - Most common. Contracted by eating fleas.

Taenia Taeniaformis - Contracted by rural dogs show are around farm animals such as sheep, rats and mice.

Echinococcus Granulosum - Found in mice and humans.

What Causes Tapeworms in Dogs

Tapeworms are most commonly spread when a dog swallows a flea that contains the tapeworm eggs. It usually happens when the flea is biting the dog. Since dogs try and remove the fleas with their mouth, they may swallow some of them. This is how they get dog fleas worms.

There is another kind of tapeworm called Echinococcus that is found in small rodents. If a dog bites into or eats an infected annual, they can get tapeworms. Hunting dogs can contract up to 12 varieties of Tapeworms.

Identifying Canine Tapeworms

Tapeworm segments can be with the eye in your dog's feces. Pieces of the worm sometimes can be seen in dog's hair around the anus.

Eggs are found by placing the feces in water and seeing the eggs and pieces of the worm float to the surface.

Canine Tapeworm Symptoms

All types of Tapeworms in Dogs are usually not harmful. If you see your dog dragging its anus across the floor, it is usually irritated due to segments that broke off the tapeworm. Sometimes worms will move from the intestines to the stomach. If this happens, your dog will probably vomit up the worm. Common symptoms include malaise and mild diarrhea.

Dog Medicine Tape Worms

All types of Tapeworms in Dogs can be treated with Tapeworm tabs for dogs (Droncit Canine Cestocide Tablets and Tape Worm Tabs for Dogs and Puppies) cause the worms in the intestines to dissolve. Treatments are very effective and include praziquantel and epsiprantel. Although single doses are usually sufficient an additional dose may be needed. Since fleas spread the worms, a flea collar is helpful in preventing the problem.

Note that pinworms are often confused with tapeworms. While humans can get pinworms, dogs do not.

Some owners that do not want to use medical approaches use herbal remedies especially chosen for their known anti parasitic, antiseptic and bactericidal properties such as PetAlive Parasite Capsules to Naturally Expel Internal Parasites Like Heartworm, Roundworm and Tape Worm in dogs

Humans and Dog Tapeworms

Children can get tapeworms if they swallow fleas while playing with a dog or if they come in contact with partially digested fleas in a dogs mouth. A child may have no symptoms or suffer from diarrhea and itching around the anus.

Tapeworm is not passed between adults or children. It must come from an infected flea such as in a sandbox. Treatment is effective using the drug niclosamide.


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