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What are Tapeworms?

As the tapeworm matures, it breaks off in small segments. Depending on the type, the full size of a tapeworm can be very large but what you will normally see in the feces of your pet are the smaller broken off sections, which will look similar to grains of rice. Belonging to the cestode family of intestinal worms, the most common type found in canines throughout North America is the Dipylidium Caninum, otherwise known as the flea tapeworm.

Tapeworms are intestinal worms with a flattened shape. Very common in dogs, this parasite lives in the intestine of it’s host. Tapeworms are made of many small segments and attach themselves to the intestinal wall with hook-like mouthparts. While a tapeworm infection is not seriously harmful, your dog can become unwell, and puppies who become infected can suffer from anemia, slow growth, and sometimes intestinal blockage.

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Symptoms of Tapeworms in Dogs

Dogs can very possibly carry the tapeworm and not show obvious symptoms. The severity of symptoms can depend upon the age of your dog, his present state of health, and the intensity of the infection. You should bring your furry family member to the veterinary clinic if you see any of the following signs.

  • You may see your dog scooting his hind end along the floor due to the itch
  • You might see your pet constantly licking or biting the anal area
  • An entire tapeworm may pass in the feces and be obviously seen
  • Dried yellowish segments of the tapeworm may be noticed in the feces or around the tail; live segments may be seen moving around in the same area
  • Your pet may vomit up an entire tapeworm
  • Your dog may experience bouts of gas
  • Your pet could show signs of malaise and irritability
  • The fur on your pet could become dull
  • Your dog could be restless

If there is a heavy infestation, or multiple types of worms are present, your dog can become very ill, suffering from diarrhea, weight loss, and abdominal pain.

Types

There are several types of tapeworm that can affect dogs.

  • Dipylidium caninum
    • This is the most common tapeworm in dogs
    • Dogs become infected when grooming
    • The tapeworm eggs within the broken segments passed in the feces are eaten by a flea, and then flea is then ingested by the dog
  • Taenia hydatigena/Taenia multiceps
    • These appear in the intestines of the canine, fox, and coyote
    • The larval stage attaches to the brain, organs or spinal cord of pigs, sheep, and goats
    • If the dog eats infected livestock, he becomes infected
    • Can cause serious problems to humans, who may catch it from unwashed hands that have touched feces or from the consuming of unwashed vegetables that may have been contaminated by dog feces
  • Taenia Pisiformis/Taenia serialis
    • Dogs receive the tapeworm when they hunt and eat infected rabbits and rodents
  • Echinococcus
    • Dogs will get the tapeworm infection if they consume wildlife or livestock scraps like elk, sheep, or cattle
  • Diphyllobothrium
    • This type of tapeworm is contracted from consuming wildlife scraps and from eating undercooked or raw fish

Causes of Tapeworms in Dogs

Tapeworms rely on an intermediate host in order to survive.

  • The larval stage develops in the flea, rabbit or mouse for example, which serve as the intermediate host
  • Canines cannot be infected by eating fertilized eggs; the eggs have to pass through the host and then the dog eats the host
  • Tapeworm eggs are released into the environment and then consumed
  • Dogs may consume fleas through the grooming process, or by biting at the anal area due to itching
  • The diet of the canine and the geographical location can influence the likelihood of tapeworm infestation
  • Rural, suburban and urban dogs may hunt rodents or be fed scraps containing the tapeworm
  • Eating undercooked or raw fish can cause a tapeworm infection

Diagnosis of Tapeworms in Dogs

You may witness your pet scooting his behind along the floor, appearing restless, or displaying other symptoms indicative of a tapeworm infestation. If you see tapeworm segments, whether dried up or moving in the feces or around the anus, bring the sample to the veterinarian. A diagnosis of tapeworm is usually reached by visual sighting by you, and an alerting of the veterinarian.

Because whole tapeworms and tapeworm segments are only passed in the stool intermittently, the stool sample that you bring could show a negative result after examination. This by no means clears the suspicion.

Treatment of Tapeworms in Dogs

Fortunately, the treatment for tapeworm is simple and very effective. Your veterinarian will prescribe a dewormer, also called a parasiticide, which may come in the form of oral medication or injection.

The product will work quickly, and the tolerance in canines is very positive. The treatment causes the tapeworm to dissolve in the intestine of your canine companion, so you will not see a passing of tapeworm in the stool after administration.

It should be noted that your dog has been treated, but not cured of re-infection. Diligence in the area of regular deworming treatments is a must.

Recovery of Tapeworms in Dogs

There are several steps to take that will prevent your furry family member from becoming infected with tapeworm again.

The control of fleas and lice is the best way to prevent infection from the most common type of tapeworm known to canines, the dipylidium caninum. If you have not yet rid your pet, and the environment in which he lives of fleas, then re-infection from tapeworms can occur within weeks. Speak to your veterinarian about how to rid your home from fleas.

Do not allow your pet to hunt and consume wild animals. Do not feed them contaminated scraps, raw meat (unless is has been frozen for at least 10 days previously), or raw and undercooked fish.

Clean up any feces that may be in your pet’s outdoor environment, and make a habit of keeping your yard clean.

Incorrect use of deworming products is the most common reason for failure to rid your dog of tapeworm. Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions to the letter. Do not hesitate to ask for advice from your veterinary team at any time during the deworming process.

Tapeworms Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Luna
pit bull terrier
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

vomitting once
scoot
over eating

Medication Used

Sentinel Flavor Tabs

I noticed a very small white worm in my poop one day and then the following day a longer segment that looked kind of like very small eggs stuck together. We took her to the vet to have her poop tested because I suspected a tapeworm. We received a negative poop test for parasites, but I am not convinced. Could I treat my dog with the dewormer without causing harm?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should be giving Luna an anthelmintic like Drontal Plus (praziquantel/pyrantel pamoate/febantel) as part of your prevention plan which would also include flea & tick treatments and vaccinations; it wouldn’t cause any harm and you should follow the instructions and dosing schedule of any product used. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
lab
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tapeworms

I just rescued a pup, she was just diagnosed with tape worm and is being treated for it. We saw the tiney white segmented pieces in her poop, but now i am finding yellowish crystal like pieces in her blanket... is this the larvae or dead segments??? and can my other dog (5 years old) catch this? and how long will the meds take to fully rectify the issue??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The image linked below shows tapeworm segments like you’re describing; you should worm all your animals with an effective anthelmintic like Drontal Plus (praziquantel/pyrantel pamoate/febantel) which is available from your Veterinarian. However whichever product you use make sure you follow the dosage guidelines for the product; but typically we recommend worming puppies every two weeks until 12 months of age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://littlecreekvet.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/p10102551.jpg

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piper
Wolfdog
14 Weeks
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

death

Medication Used

Dronta // panacur 10%
Dronta // panacur
Drontal suspention for puppies

Hi i am a hobby breeder of wolfdogs though i only breed maybe one litter every two years or so. THis year i did breed a litter of 4 healthy pups , mother was wormed as per usual before mating last September 2017. Her litter were born on the 1st Jan 2018. Puppies were wormed with Drontal puppy and second wormed with panacur @ 10% and the final wormer was again using Drontal for puppies @ 8 weeks of age before going to new homes. I have just had a report from the new owners that the puppy died the weekend at 14 weeks of age, symptoms only reported were that he was a little poorly {the owners had just moved house and thought pup was just unhappy re the house move!} They witnessed the puppy being sick or choking, they said they were just putting the pup into the car when he died in there arms apparently just before he died the pup sicked up worms, they took the worms to their local vet who diagnosed them as being Toxocara!!
What i don't understand is that with the treatment given is it possible that the Toxocara has become immune to the wormers stated. I have been keeping dogs for over 40 years and yes i have treated dogs over this period and with 100% recovery, this puppy apparently has shown NO obvious signs of any worm infestation related to its fatal outcome! The remaining puppies are all ok with no illness so it is quite frustrating as a breeder that this could happen. regards peter

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description of the deworming medications given, I also do not understand how one of the puppies died. That is uncommon, even in puppies that are not dewormed. Severe roundworm infestations can cause intussusception, and that may have happened with this pup, although it would surprise me, given your deworming schedule.

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Gabby
Pomchi
10 Weeks
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Worms In Poo

I have a 10 wk. Old pomchi that has had rice like worms in her poop since I got her. I bought some OTC wormer at Walmart called Prosense. Do you know if this is effective for my dog.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Prosense does not treat tapeworms, which is sounds like Gabby may have. She needs to see a veterinarian, and have a stool sample analyzed. Praziquantel is the medication that treats tapeworms, and you will need to get that medication from your veterinarian.

Thanks so much for your feedback!! I will be taking Gabby to the VET ASAP!! YOUR ADVICE IS PRICELESS!! THANKS AGAIN!! GABBY THANKS YOU TOO!!!

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Peso
Chauauua
One Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping all day runny nose eye dra

I gave my dog o’clock dewormer but only one dose then gave him the other to doses to days later thought that he did not have non worms did not see it in poop after the one time now after medicine he losing weight and sleeping all day and sneezing and has like asthma attacks nose running and a lot of eye discharge what do I do for him

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Peso, I am not sure what might be going on with him, but that does not sound like normal behavior, and he should be seen by your veterinarian to have a good exam, determine what might be causing his signs, and get treatment for him. Dewormers don't typically cause those kinds of reactions, but it would be best to have him seen. I hope that he is okay.

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Jerry
pit bull terrier
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Butt Itching
Worms In Stool
discomfort

My 11 month pit mix was infested with fleas when I got him. At the time, about 8 months ago, he also had hookworm. He was diagnosed with hook work and dewormed and I continued to see worms. After 5 rounds, yes 5, of dewormer seeing no progress I switched vets and they concluded it was tapeworm. This is now the 3rd treatment for tapeworm, he even got an injection and I still see worms everywhere in his poop. He hasn’t had fleas in over 3 months. I’ve even moved houses and in doing so washed everything. I do not know how or why he keeps getting invected. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Either the anthelmintic (wormer) being used in ineffective or Jerry keeps getting reinfected somehow with tapeworms; you didn’t name the anthelmintic you have been using but generally a product containing praziquantel would be sufficient to get rid of the worms along with practicing good hygiene etc… If the tapeworms persist then it may be worth trying to get the worms identified according to species so that it can be determined which species of tapeworm is affecting Jerry. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Remi
Pitbull mix
3 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Worms coming out anus
Scooting on behind
Rash on vaginal area
Worms In Poo

So my 3 year pit bull has a rash around her vaginally area, so I put omient on it. She began scooting her but on the ground, where I layer found segmenations of a tapeworm coming out of her anus, so I bought Garlic powder, but have yet used it, will garlic clear up this situation? She acts the same but she does have diarrhea. She hasn't thrown up any worm.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately garlic powder which is used in cooking would kill Remi within a few days by damaging the red blood cells in systemic circulation reducing the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood, please never give garlic or onion to any dog regardless of what a forum may say. You should use an effective anthelmintic like Drontal Plus (praziquantel/pyrantel pamoate/febantel) which is effective against tapeworms and is safe for use unlike garlic. https://wagwalking.com/condition/garlic-poisoning www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/garlic/

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Ozzy
hound mix
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itchy anus
Runny Stool
Vomit
Segments in feces

Medication Used

Virbantel

I️ adopted a dog 3 weeks ago. He was diagnosed with a tapeworm and received treatment yesterday after I️ noticed the segments in his stool. He doesn’t have fleas on him not are there any in my house. Could he have gotten them from another dog? He was up to date on all medicines and isn’t due for his flea and heart worm medicine for a few days. His vet said multiple times times missing his medicine is the main cause but he didn’t. He is very playful and goes to the dog park regularly but now I️ am scared to bring him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. If you adopted him 3 weeks ago, he likely came into contact with fleas before you had him and developed the tapeworm infection previous to you having him. If you keep him on regular flea control from now on, you should not see tapeworms again, unless he happens to find a random flea during grooming another dog or cat. You don't need to worry about the dog park for tapeworms.

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Marley
Great Dane
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I have a 10 year old great Dane. We've been in a fight to control fleas for about a year. He is very sensitive and can't handle the flea meds from the vet, recently he's been losing weight and been very gassy. Today we seen a large amount of small flat white worms in his feces. Given his age and current health should I persue treatment or is it time to let him go.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Worm treatments (anthelmintics) are generally safe for dogs and can be given easily to remove any worms that may be present; Drontal Plus (praziquantel/pyrantel pamoate/febantel) will cover treatment of tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm and whipworm infections. If you have concerns, you should address them with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Winky
pit bull terrier
2 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Medication Used

prednisone

How long Can a tape worm/any work be alive in a dogs body with out noticing anything different? Reason for questions is our female pit bull has lost 6 lbs sense being on predinisone (back issue) knowing that steroids can affect the immune system do you think it is possible for the steroids to weaken her immune system enough to let the tape worm thrive better? Thanks very concerned dad

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there were tapeworms in Winky’s system, you would notice proglottid segments in the faeces like grains of rice; other worms present should be eliminated when you give the monthly anthelmintic treatment. Causes for weight loss may be attributable to many different causes including parasites, other infections, hormonal causes among other issues; worms would grow in the intestinal tract of a dog if there were no anthelmintic treatment regardless of steroid treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have 3 puppy that have been given tabs for worms is it safe for the to b around other dos since they have had first dose

I did grab a sample for our local vet this morning, but just trying to figure out what's going on with our poor girl. I did notice some almost sesame seed look alikes so I'm hoping that's what is causing the weight loss. It was almost instantaneous as soon as we put her on the steroids that she started losing weight. Appetite is normal, obviously thirst and urination is up.

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Sydney
Puggle
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Worms In Stool

We just obtained a 9 year old puggle from an old friend 5 days ago. The night after we got her we noticed rice looking segments on her bedding after she slept the day we got her. We have found she has tapeworms.
We have started giving her ground up raw pumpkin seeds as we cannot afford actual medication for her. How long will it take for the pumpkin seed treatment to work? And other then fleas or lice is there any other way for this to be passed from dog to dog or dog to human?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst pumpkin seeds have been shown to control tapeworms, however the timeframe is measured in months and there are few studies showing the efficacy so I cannot give you a specific timeline; you can pickup over the counter anthelmintics against tapeworms from WalMart for less than $10 which is reasonable. As for transmission between dog to dog or dog to human, poor hygiene and not picking up faeces is the biggest issue; also regularly cleaning the anus would help too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/wellness/eliminating-your-dogs-nasty-tapeworms-the-natural-way

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Zelda
Chiweenie
3
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Is it common for there to be blood in a dogs stool when being treated for tapeworms? We started treatment of our dog 3 days ago and there seems to be some blood in her stools along with her passing the worms.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some blood may be present when treating for tapeworms, it is just important that it isn’t too much blood. I would keep an eye on the stool and Zelda in general, if you have any concerns visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hank
Great Dane
3 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Passing a lot of tapeworm segments

My puppy began passing worms a few days after bringing him home and so far no treatments have cleared him up. He's had 3 doses of drontol and he's still passing a lot of live tapeworm segments. Please help. He acts completely happy and fine, eats and drinks fine, he's normal. I just can't get this to clear up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Drontal (praziquantel) is the treatment of choice for tapeworms in dogs; if you are having difficulty with treatment, make sure that he is not reinfecting himself by regularly cleaning his rear end and picking up all faeces immediately after defecation. Speak with your Veterinarian about other treatments (like fenbendazole - not effective against all tapeworms) as well as other options available for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/gastrointestinal-parasites-of-small-animals/tapeworms-in-dogs-and-cats

Within one week my puppy has been dewormed twice due to finding tape worms in his stool. After medication he has been pooping one or two live tape worms. Now he is pooling several after a couple days and they still look alive. Could this be the medicine or infestation getting worse?

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Sampson
Pittbull mix
6 Weeks
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Small rice looking white things in poop
Spaghetti worms in poop
Change in appetite

I dewormed my puppy after I got him and the same day he was treated he pooped probably 30 worms (roundworms) all at once the amount of worms coming out has definitely decreased but his belly is still a lil pot belly looking abd I'm still noticing lil white things that after I researched I believe to be tapeworm It's been 2 days since treatment and his appetite fluctuates still and he sleeps a lot! I don't have a lot of money to take him to the vet but I need something to help my little guy out is there anything that can be recommend that could help my baby out!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When deworming pets, it is possible that with serve infestations of parasites that the dead worms may cause an intestinal blockage; administering mineral oil will help lubricate the passage of the worms out. Afterwards, worm again with a total worming product like Drontal All Wormer to get any remaining parasites (covers both round and tapeworm – the rice looking segments are proglottids from tapeworm). If the discomfort continues, you would need to visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maximus
Chihuahua and Australian cattle mix
6 months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

scooting
rice looking segments in stool
Biting at but

I've treated Max with 2 different dewormers. The most recent one I thought worked, but a week later he had works in his stool again. What's the best type of deowormer to use?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many over the counter products may be ineffective for the treatment of tapeworms and ensuring that all faeces is promptly picked up after defecation will ensure that the immediate environment isn’t contaminated. Praziquantel is an ideal anthelmintic and is found in Drontal Plus which is normally prescription only but is effective; regular treatment with praziquantel will ensure that Maximus remains worm free (is effective against tapeworm, roundworms, whipworms and hookworms). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.bayerdvm.com/show.aspx/productdetail/drontal-plus-tablets

My dog passed rice looking particles so I gave diatomaeous earth..she a day later passed a tape worm. Do tapeworm pass multiplys or is she now clear? Thx

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Fat Louie
American Pit Bull Terrier
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

worms leaving butt
worms in poop
licking butt

I was wondering would you recommend bayer expert tapeworm dewormer(praziquantel) to use to get rid of tapeworms cause all other dewormer medicines have not been working. and taking him to the vet to get a fecal exam and paying to get him dewormed there will cost to much. i've been using prosense roundworm.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If worms are passing from Phat Louie, determine if they are round worms or tapeworms, tapeworms usually appear as rice segments in the faeces. If you are unsure, a more all round medication is Bayer Expert Care Quad Dewormer which would treat all types of worms; give two doses two weeks apart, also clean all faecal matter from the garden as the eggs can live in soil. I would still be concerned about possible intestinal obstruction in severe infestation, look out for signs of abdominal pain, loss of appetite and vomiting. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Bring in a stool sample to your veterinarian and have it tested to be sure so you can properly de-worm your pet. A very effective medication for tapeworms is Drontal (you can only get this through your veterinarian). It's an oral tablet you will give your pet usually one time and then test the stool again a few weeks, sometimes a month or so later, to make sure the medication has eliminated all of the worms.

i'm sure there tape worms because everytime he poops there is a lot of them.

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Lula
Chihuahua/Dachshund
7 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Tapeworm segments in stool
Sings of blood

I gave my puppy a little of a dewormer because there were some tapeworms in her stool. After the dewormer she pooped again in a d type of iarrhea and there was a long worm with some other rice size worms. The second time she poop there were only a few worms, and with a little of blood, after this she began eating more and drinking more water. The third time I add some more dewormer. She pooped and there was another long worm more rice size worms. She is being acting normal. She plays, she runs it is only that she is being having diarrhea with small worms and sometimes long. She has been like this for 2 days. It is good if she is taking out the long worms?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An anthelmintic helps your pup get rid of the worms in their intestinal tract; tapeworms and their proglottids (the rice segments) should be expelled after giving the medication; some pet shop products are not so effective, a product like Drontal Plus is a good all round treatment for parasitic worms and is available from your Veterinarian or from a pet shop (depending on your location). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.bayerdvm.com/show.aspx/productdetail/drontal-plus-tablets

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Sammy
Blue Heeler
18 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Tired
Scooting his hind end along the ground

I adopted my dog a month ago and he only slept so a family friend who is a vet tech gave us trifexis incase he had worms. I have since seen tiny flat white worms coming out of his anus. Is the trifexis curing this? He had his second dose two days ago and is also on flea meds that go on his fur.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Trifexis is a monthly tablet which is effective against different types of worms and against fleas. Any worms will be expelled over a period of time; after you no longer notice worms in his stool, it is best to take a fresh faecal sample to your Veterinarian to check for any eggs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marley
Rottweiler
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of appetite , continous loose motion, dull co

My dog has taenea tapeworms, he has lost around 9 kilos and even has high levels of e coli . How much time it will take him 2 recover?? He does not eat properly and he has lost his appetite. Pls tell when he will recover and is this a very serious condition?? Is it curable

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tapeworms can be very serious; you should get a anthelmintic from your Veterinarian (some pet store ones are not effective). Treatment is effective with one dose and should recover quickly from the tapeworms; treatment of E. coli is dependent on symptoms and severity (E. coli is a normal inhabitant of intestinal tract), speak with your Veterinarian abou treatment options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DV

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Sunny
Poodle with shitzu
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

None

took my recent adoptee 6.5 yr. old mini poodle to vet for what I think is tapeworms. She gave 2 droncit (17 lbs) 4 days ago. After that her stools seemed clean but this morning there were more white segments at the head of her stool. Is this ok or do you think she needs retreatment. They always come out like thin strings rather than rice segments.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would give it a few more days, always observe her stool and immediately pick up and dispose of her stool and clean the hair around the anus too. Droncit (praziquantel) is highly effective at killing tapeworms and they are usually digested before being passed. If after a few more days there are still proglottids present take an affected stool sample to your Veterinarian for examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Mutt
3 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tapeworm segments in stool
Scooting his hind end along the ground

My small pup has recently passed segments of tape worms in her stool. I bought an OTC 3 day dewormer. We are on day 2 and still seeing the moving segments. When will we start seeing improvement? Also what is a good monthly dewormer that includes tape worm prevention and not just round worm?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A good all round anthelmintic would be something like Drontal Plus which contains praziquantel, pyrantel pamoate and febantel which is effective against tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm and whipworm infections. You may still see segments in the faeces 48 hours after the last dose; over the counter wormers sometimes are not as effective as products from your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
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Duke
Pomeranian
17
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Can a tapeworm be passed down from dog to dog? I believe my little Pomeranian has a tapeworm. Do I need to keep him separate from my other dogs or is it only transmitted from the host itself? I have an appointment this weekend for him. He has drastically lost weight and isn't hungry. He vomits yellow sputum daily and sleeps constantly. I thought for a few days he is just getting older, but then he began to vomit and I saw the worm the next day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs are hosts of parasites (both final intermediate hosts). When eggs or proglottids are shed in faeces: they may be immediately infective, may require some time to become infective or may require another cycle through another host (like a water snail) become becoming infective. If you have identified worms being present, a good all round anthelmintic would be curative; but given Duke’s age, it would be best to have a check over at your Veterinarian and have a senior profile taken to see if there are any underlying problem (liver, kidney etc…). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pua
Labrador
6 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

worms in poop

I took my puppy to the vet today and they dewormed her, after a few hours she when to poop and saw long worms. How long does it take for the medicine to work? And will she continue to poop out the worms?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Depending on the product used another dose may be necessary, some products may be effective when used once; follow your Veterinarian’s instructions. The presence of worms in the faeces is normal after the administration of an anthelmintic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buttercup
Red-nose Pit bull
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals
Yellow vomit
biting at himself
Worms In Stool
Loud Breathing
Will not eat
Eyes leaking yellow/green
Tremors in sleep
Weakness
Ear Itching
Tapeworm segments in stool
Vomiting
Lethargy
Noisy Breathing

Ive gave her a liquid wormer about 4 different times sincr she was a puppy but it seemed the worms would go away for a couple days then come righr back. They crawl out of her anus while she sleeps and when she defecates there are ALOT of worm segments in her stool. I gave her one dose out of a 3 day long dosage of poweder wormer last week and forgot to do the other two doses. The last couple of days she's started to develop more/new/worse symptoms. She sleeps more she WILL NOT eat. She drinks water. She moves slow and seems weak. She vomits small yellow puddles. Her eyes seem to constantly and slowly leaking a greenish yellow substance from the inside corners of her eyes. Her gums are pale pink and white. When she passes gas it has a VERY strong pungent odor. Does she have an infection like a kidney or stomach infection? Whats wrong with my baby? What do i do to fix it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Worming medications typically kill any worms that a dog has in their system at the time of administration not offering protection for a period of time. It is possible that either Buttercup isn’t kicking out all of her worms due to an ineffective wormer or that she is being continually reinfected (I believe it would be the former). Long term infestations with worms may lead to numerous medical conditions and would affect a puppy more than an adult dog; given the severity of her symptoms I would recommend taking Buttercup to your Veterinarian to investigate her symptoms further as an infestation as severe as this needs to be properly investigated as pale pink to white gums indicate severe anaemia which is probably due to the long term parasite infestation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What all do you think is wrong with her? I cant afford a vet right now. But i can afford some local penicillin if you think that would help. Also some one told me to give her horse wormer? What is that?

If you can't afford to treat her and get her medical attention, I certainly hope you would consider contacting a shelter to surrender her. It's unfair to make a family pet suffer this way because you are trying to find a quick and cheap cure. Your animal is suffering, and if it were me, I would find them a home where they could be properly cared for, or take her to the vet. Having my puppy seen and treated for worms was $87. If you can't afford to do that for a suffering animal, you should really be questioning whether you're giving that animal a proper home.

Also, DO NOT give her horse wormer. As a knowledgeable and experienced horsewoman for over 20 years, this is a TERRIBLE idea. They are not the same animal, and certain species cannot handle certain ingredients the way others can. I have seen puppies die when wormed with certain livestock wormers. Please, don't do that.

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Phat Louie
Pitbull
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

licking butt

i think my dog has tapeworms. i have wormed him twice and yet he still has worms coming out of his butt and its not a little bit of worms its a lot. please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I do not know which medicine you have been using to worm Phat Louie (great name by the way) but some pet store brands may not be effective enough. In parasitic infestations as severe as you are describing, killing all the worms at once may lead to an intestinal obstruction which in turn may lead to further complications. I would recommend speaking to your Veterinarian about a plan to systematically treat Phat Louie to avoid those possible complications. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What is a good brands dewormer

Thank you for your help, i'm sure that there tapeworms because there in his poop.

Can a dog die from tapeworm

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