are two parasites that can be seen by the dog owner: Roundworms
and Tapeworms. What the dog owner will observe is tapeworm segments
that have broken off from the adult parasite attached to the lining
of the dog’s intestinal tract. These tapeworm pieces are � – � inch
in length, are usually white, and are usually seen (while still
alive) contracting and expanding around the dog’s rectum or on a
dog’s stool immediately after elimination. Once these segments die,
they will appear like a grain of uncooked wild rice or a sesame
seed and are often found in the dog’s bedding.
also live in the dog’s intestine. They are called tapeworms because
of their long, flat, ribbon tape appearance. Dogs usually get tapeworms
when they eat a flea that ate a tapeworm egg. Tapeworms don’t have
mouths so they feed by absorbing food across their skin. They hold
onto the wall of the intestine with hooks and suckers on their head.
most common route of infection occurs when the dog swallows a flea
that is carrying the parasite’s eggs. Tapeworms cannot be directly
transmitted from dogs to humans but small children could accidentally
ingest flea larvae or pupae on the floor containing an immature
tapeworm and get a tapeworm infection.
on the species, severe infection may cause the following symptoms:
Severe itching around the anus
can be done by either oral medication or by injection. The most
common antiparasitic agent used is praziquantel another is epsiprantel.
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