Intestional Parasites Tapeworms
The tapeworm is a parasitic worm found in the intestines of dogs and cats. The segments
may be shed and passed in the feces, leaving the head still attached to produce new
segments. Tapeworms are usually not pathogenic but can produce digestive upsets,
variation in appetite, poor hair coat and skin, weight loss and vague signs of abdominal
Finding the segments in your pet's feces, (or clinging to hair around the anal area under
the tail) confirms the diagnosis of tapeworms. They can also be detected in the bedding
where the animal lays. The eggs are not generally found in a microscopic exam of the
feces. Segments will be white, about 1/4 inch long, and may expand and contract. Dry
segments resemble cucumber seeds, sesame seeds, or rice grains. Tapeworms
are not passed directly from pet to pet, but require an intermediate host. Common
intermediate hosts are
fleas and small rodents.
PEOPLE WILL NOT GET THIS WORM FROM THEIR PETS.
==> Young animals are often born with worms. Puppies and kittens are therefore routinely