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A guide for the dog tapeworm

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Posted on May 30 2018

It is a common parasitic infection that, while easy to treat, can cause your dog a lot of discomfort and lead to a weakened immune system, and even to anemia. There are several types of tapeworms, and some are contagious for humans and cats, as well as other animals such as cattle. This is what you should know about tapeworm infection in dogs.



The tapeworms are flat and segmented. They have a head and neck, and their bodies consist of a number of segments. The tapeworm adheres to the wall of your dog's intestine by means of suction cups or muscle grooves in its mouth.

Each segment of the tapeworm has its own reproductive organs. New segments constantly form in the neck region, while the age segments are cast out as they mature. These segments often contain a large number of tapeworm eggs. Rem segments can often be seen near the anus of an infected dog or they can move if they are recently discarded and have not dried yet.

Dog tapes have a lifestyle that involves an intermediate host, usually fleas. Your dog contracts the tapeworm when it ingests a flea that hosts the parasite. Adult tapeworms live in your dog's intestines, and absorb nutrients through your skin.

The most common types of dog tapeworms are:

  • caninum dipylidium
  • Taenia
  • Echinococcus granulosus y E. multiocularis
  • DiphyUobothrium large;
  • mansonoides Spirometra
The infection by tapeworm

Often tapeworm infection is diagnosed only by the appearance of tapeworm segments around the dog's anus. In severe infections, your dog's stomach may appear swollen and sensitive to touch. The dog may appear anxious and may vomit. The active segments around the anal area can cause discomfort, and your dog can lick his anus in excess, or slide along his butt to the ground.

In very serious cases of dog tapeworm infection, your dog may show any of the following symptoms:
  • Weightloss
  • dull hair
  • Lack of appetite
  • Low energy levels
  • Diarrhea and vomiting


Treatment and prevention of dog tapeworm

Lonely dogs are easy to treat. The most common treatment is a medicine called praziquantel. The dosage is determined according to the body weight of your dog and praziquantel can not be used in pregnant dogs. The drug Epsiprantel (Cestex) can be used, but it is not safe for puppies under seven weeks of age.

Prevention of dog tapeworms involves the control of fleas and lice. Spot-on flea preventative can be very effective in preventing infection and re-infection. Treat your dog, and any carpets and upholstery in your home, for fleas to prevent reinfection.

Other types of intestinal worms

Dogs can also be infected with intestinal worms intestinal worm, hookworm, and whipworm. These worms can cause internal bleeding that leads to anemia, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal swelling and discomfort. Some types of intestinal parasite infections can cause death, especially in very small dogs, and some, such as whipworms, can be difficult to treat.

Roundworm infestation, if left untreated, can lead to a bowel obstruction that can cause death. hookworm can lead to severe internal bleeding that can cause death. Ascarides and hookworms are also contagious to humans and can cause life-threatening infestations, especially in very young children.

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