Tape worms (also tapeworms) in dogs are no cause for alarm, but you should take your dog to the vet as soon as possible after discovering your pet has tape worms. Just think, if left untreated, a tapeworm can grow up to three feet. At three feet, the tape worm can have as many as 90 segments. These segments look like grains of rice. These grains are easy to spot in your pet’s stool or in the fur around his anus. In some cases, you will find tape worm segments around your dog’s paws (from scratching) and even in his ears.
If you’re wondering how your dog could have contracted tape worms, look no further than the elusive flea. When a dog accidentally swallows an infected flea, worms can hatch in the dog’s intestines. These types of tapeworms can also be transmitted to humans as well. Animal carcasses such as rodents and rabbits may also contain tape worms, so be sure to keep your pets away from them at all costs. Tape worms can also be contracted from other pet’s feces, which can be easily be found in parks, on pet runs, and even in your own backyard.
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Symptoms of Tape Worms Include:
·Change in your dog’s appetite
·Coughing and hiccupping (due to heartworm)
·Distended abdomen in puppies
·Inability to exercise
How to Prevent Tape Worms
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Fortunately, there are ways to prevent tape worms. One of the most important ways to prevent a serious tape worm infection is to have your pet screened for worms twice per year. If your dog is considered high-risk for worms, you should have him screened more than twice a year. High-risk dogs typically live in condensed urban areas and they usually live in a home with more than one pet. Show pets and hunting dogs are also considered high-risk. Caring for a dog with worms should be done only under the care of a vet. Most non-prescription medications don’t work. Your vet will have access to a number of cutting-edge preventatives that are extremely effective against the most aggressive types of parasites such as roundworm, whipworm, hookworm, and heartworm.
In addition to preventative measures, it’s also a good idea to keep your dog clean and well groomed. You should also dispose of dog feces immediately. Never leave it in piles around your yard, dog run, etc. If you notice any of the symptoms of tape worms listed above, please contact your vet immediately. Continue reading to learn more about the most serious of all dog worms — heartworm.
Interested in alternative cures for dog worms? Speak with your vet about alternative cures or contact the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association to locate a holistic vet in your area.