Tapeworms in Dogs and Cats
Dipylidium caninum is the most common tapeworm infestation in urban dogs and cats who have restricted access to natural prey. Cats can acquire Taenia taeniaeformis from infected indoor or outdoor mice and rats. Dogs who have access to natural prey may acquire other kinds of tapeworms such E granulosus, E multilocularis, T multiceps, T serialis, or T crassiceps. Human beings can be infection with these kinds of tapeworm in their tissue by ingestion of eggs passed in dog feces, or in the intestine by ingestion of infected fleas with Dipylidium caninum.
Tapeworm Life cycle
Dogs and Cats acquire Tapeworm infection by ingesting infected fleas during grooming themselves or a feline grooming other housemate. Other ways of infection by ingesting infected rodents, rabbits, or birds. tapeworm eggs settle into the small intestine of dog or cat. There it will develop into an adult with lots of small segments, each about the size of a grain of rice, called proglottids. these segments contain tapeworm eggs break off and pass in the dog’s stool. The cycle will begin again, when an intermediate Host such as Flea Larva, rats, mice, or Rabbit ingest Tapeworm eggs and segments. Adult tapeworms usually measure anywhere from 15 to 70 cm in length.
Tapeworm clinical signs
Signs may depend on the degree of infection with these parasites, age of pet. Clinical signs vary from capricious appetite, perianal irritation, unthriftiness, and shaggy coat to colic and mild diarrhea; rarely, intestinal blockage , emaciation, and seizures are seen. Sometimes, infected dogs and cats may throw up Tapeworm segments and also may be seen in the stool like rice grains. Diagnosis is achieved by examining stool sample by qualified veterinarian. Two to three fecal samples may need to be examined, to reduce the chances of false negative results. If you notice one or more of these symptoms contact your veterinarian or call our veterinary clinic in Newmarket Aurora area at 905-898-1010 even your pet is dewormed. Routine deworming sometimes may not include medicine that can be effective against tapeworm.
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