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Tapeworms in Cats and Dogs

Another reason to keep your pets and environment flea free

 

MetPet.com Staff Writer

Tapeworms, also known as Cestodes, are worm-like parasites that live inside the small intestine.  They absorb nutrients, grow, exit through the digestive system and go on to infect other animals.  In large quantities, they can undermine the health of the host. 

The dog tapeworm, Dipylidium canium, infects dogs and cats through the ingestion of fleas which serve as the parasite's intermediate host.  The species, Taenia taeniaeformis, infects cats and dogs through the ingestion of infected rodents.  Other species are passed on through hosts such as sheep and the eating of carrion but are less often seen in domestic cats and dogs.  Although tapeworms can be passed onto humans, it is uncommon and, while uncomfortable to consider, is generally not a serious medical condition.

Once ingested, tapeworms "heads" attach themselves to the internal wall of the small intestine.  There they grow by developing dozens of attached segments filled with eggs.  When a segment matures, it drops off to be passed through with the stool.  The segments are approximately 1/4" long are whitish in color and look like grains of rice.  They can sometimes be seen moving around the anus or in the stool which is often the first visible sign of infection.

In healthy adults, there may be no other outward signs of infection.  In more serious cases, poor coat, diarrhea, poor appetite, irritable mood, colic, emaciation and seizures (rare) may occur. 

Diagnosis is made through inspection of the stool.  Treatment consists of drugs that can paralyze the head so that the entire tapeworm passes out with the stool.  Cleaning up passed tapeworm is a particularly unpleasant task so it's best to keep your pets tapeworm free. 

The best way to prevent tapeworm is to keep your pets free of fleas, away from carrion (for example roadkill) and rodents. 
 

 
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