Tapeworm infections occur when an egg, larvae or an adult worm is ingested by an organism through infected food or water. Parasitic tapeworms live and feast inside their host’s body mostly intestine until its life cycle is complete. Just like humans tapeworm in dogs and tapeworm in cats are also common. Sadly our beloved pets aren’t any exception.
Tapeworms in Dogs
Tapeworms in dogs are very common and Dipylidium caninum also known as the flea tapeworm is the most common parasitic worm in dogs, in order to infect a dog the tapeworm must pass through a carrier it is there flea comes into play. As the name suggests Dipylidium caninum infection occurs when the host is bitten by an infected flea thus the parasitic worm enter the body of its new host where it sticks to the small intestine of the host and most of the time can be seen near the anus of the infected animal and can reach up to 30 centimeters in length.
If tapeworm in a dog is present, to ease irritation Infected dogs can be seen dragging/rubbing their bottoms on the ground (scooting) same symptoms can be seen when tapeworms in puppies are present. If a dog showing the behavior of scooting a vet visit is recommended.
Tapeworm Treatment for Dogs
Gladly there some are simple and extremely effective treatments for tapeworms in dogs with the help of modern medications which are safe and causes almost no side effects at all. With the help of Antiparasitic drugs the parasitic worms are digested in to the intestines.
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Tapeworm in Cats
Tapeworm in cats are very common but most of the times goes unnoticed by the humans When an infected flea or a tapeworm larvae in ingested by a cat the infection happens. Tapeworms often attaches itself inside the gut of the infected cat and feeds from there they break into segments with eggs in it and are than passed through the anus of the infected animal. The infected feces can spread the parasitic worm to other animals such as cats and dogs. Infected cats can be seen licking their anus to ease irritation caused by the parasite segments passed through the feces.
Tapeworm Treatment for Cats
Just like dogs treatment for tapeworms in cats are easily available and are simple and effective with the help of suitable medication prescribed by the vet. Treatments for both cats and dogs are extremly effective if the parasitic infection is detected in its early stages.