Today I want to talk about something that’s really gross – tapeworms. You know, we furry people typically greet each other by checking out the south-facing end of the north-bound newcomer.
I throw up a little in my mouth when I find something there that is crawling around and disgusting – tapeworms! It’s also embarrassing for the pet and pet owner when the vet finds these unwanted visitors.
I consulted with my erudite cat-friend Linus (see photo) on this topic and he informed me that cats and dogs can get tapeworms 3 ways:
(1) by eating fleas that have the Dipyllidium tapeworm larvae – usually this means the pet has a flea infestation or has been near another animal with fleas and accidentally eaten a flea
(2) by eating mice that have the Taenia tapeworm larvae
(3) by eating organs of animals infected with the Echinococcus tapeworm
The good news is that tapeworm infections are pretty easily treated.
For dogs, our vets recommend using:
For cats, either:
Drontal Feline or topical Profender