Dog’s Recurring Tapeworm Infections

How to treat and prevent recurring tapeworm infections in your dog.

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DOG FANCYQ. My Rottweiler has had numerous tapeworm infections, and I’m tired of it. What is the most effective treatment and the best way to prevent them?

A. Two kinds of tapeworms affect dogs. The least common, Taenia pisiformis, infects dogs that eat infected rabbits or rodents. Dogs acquire the more common tapeworm, Dipylidium caninum, by eating fleas.

Flea larvae often eat tapeworm larvae, which develop in the flea’s gut. When a dog ingests a flea, usually while trying to rid herself of the pest, the flea is digested, leaving the tapeworm behind to attach itself within the dog’s intestines. Once it develops into an adult, the tapeworm releases segments of itself (proglottids) that appear as wriggling, rice-like bodies in the dog’s feces.

Ridding a dog of tapeworms is fairly simple. Taenid tapeworms are treated with the drug fenbendazole once a day for five days, and avoided by preventing the dog from eating rabbits and rodents. Dipylidium tapeworms are eliminated with a single dose of either praziquantel or febantel, and avoidance requires good flea prevention. Although tapeworms seldom do much damage to an adult dog, they are disgusting, and children are susceptible to infection.

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skiw9748   Hartford, AL

12/15/2012 1:01:22 PM

Good Thanks !

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Lisaannee   86441, AZ

8/10/2012 6:52:55 PM

Hi. I just want to let people know about the great results my collie has had with raw pumpkin seeds. I read about this cure for tape worms 9 or so years ago in a natural healing book for dogs. I'm sorry I can't remember the name of the author. I can give you the instructions. The pumpkin seeds need to be raw and freshly ground for each meal. I use a coffee grinder and add about one tablespoon into his dish. We live out in the desert where there are many rabbits and quail to catch but no fleas so he gets the less common type of tape worm but hopefully this will work for both kinds. I get an opportunity to see my dog's poop everyday and I always check for worms. He had gone a couple of years without any, but just three weeks ago I saw one clearly, moving in that distinctive tapeworm way. I began adding the pumpkin seeds to my dog's meals right away. Looking every day, I have not seen a worm since. My dog is over 12 years old and he used to get worms more frequently when he was more active, and this remedy has always worked like a miracle. I remember reading that the effectiveness has something to do with the texture of the outer shell of the seed being abrasive to the tissue of the worms. Pumpkin seeds are also just plain healthy food with lots of omega 3s and zinc. The seeds, greenish in color, can be found in the bulk section of health food stores and I have also seen them on Amazon for about $6 a pound. Best of luck to you and your dogs. Maybe good for cats too.

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Karen   Brookshire, TX

9/11/2010 9:10:46 AM

does not answer the question of REOCCURING tapeworms

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

10/18/2009 8:14:43 AM

good article thanks

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