Similarly to other internal parasites, tapeworms are worms in dogs that can cause your dog to have increased appetite levels, weight loss, rectal inflammation and itching that causes the dog to drag his rear across the ground, and visible signs of the worms from the openings of your dog’s body.
What do Tapeworms look like?
Tapeworms are flat worms that are segmented. They are comprised of a head, neck, followed by a number of segments. New segments are continually formed in the neck region of the worm while those segments at the end are cast off as they mature. These cast off segments look like little pieces of uncooked rice or cucumber seeds which can be seen on the dog’s anal area or in his stools and even sometimes coming out of areas like the ears. Tapeworm infections are typically identified when you or a veterinarian finds these segments on your dog.
How do Tapeworm eggs get into the Dog?
There are several types of tapeworms and each species behaves somewhat differently depending on the host. All tapeworms that infect dogs have an intermediate host that includes fleas, fish, and some farm animals such as sheep and pigs. All of the adult forms of these tapeworms require a dog, specifically their digestive system. Tapeworms are worms in dogs that absorb nutrients from their digestive system.
An Ounce of Prevention
The Common Dog Tapeworm uses the flea as an intermediate host. The egg of the tapeworm develop into an immature form in the insect. If a dog is infected with fleas and eats a flea, the immature form develop into an adult tapeworm. The best prevention? Keep your dog’s body and environment free of fleas.
Numerous products are on the market for flea control. Some synthetic and some are natural, both are effective. When controlling fleas it is important to rid your dog of fleas and his environment to prevent reinfestation, thus reducing the possibility of worms in dogs.