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Dog Tape Worms or "Dipylidium Caninum"(their scientific name) is a parasite that can be found in the small intestine of a dog. They can grow to 20cm long and they have hook like mouths that they can hook themselves onto the dog's intestinal walls. Dogs can get worms by eating fleas off of their own body. After being eaten, the fleas break down in the body and the cysticercoids (larvae) develop into worms in dogs. When the worms develop tails, they break off and you can find them near the dogs anus or in their feces. (they look like small grains of rice) Dogs mainly get this from fleas, but can also get them by eating small rodents or lizards. It is easy to treat this by going to your vet and getting a pill that will kill the tapeworms and it also leaves little side effects. you can regularly get dog de-worming from your vet, but it is really important to keep the fleas away. There are many good flea treatments that are natural and stronger ones that are prescribed by your Vet. Take these actions to have a healthy, happy wormless dog for a very long time.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|