Tapeworms are flat, long worms that live in the intestines.
Tapeworms are visible to the naked eye as rice-like grains after they dry out.
Visible worms or eggs can be seen in the feces. Not all kinds of worms are visible in the feces to the naked eye.
Visible worms can also be found around dog's rear, fur, and under the dog's tail.
Dogs show signs of itching around the rear, scratching or rubbing of rear on the ground or against furniture. It can also be seen in the dog's vomit.
Common symptoms of worms are abdominal pain, weight loss, dull coat, low energy level, diarrhea and vomiting, bloated stomach or belly. The dog may be weak or constantly hungry as the worms are stealing the dog's nutrition.
Tapeworms reside in fleas. When the dog grooms itself, he/she may ingest fleas and become infected with tapeworm.
Only a veterinarian can identify the precise medication and dosage that is appropriate for your dog. Do not use over-the-counter medicine.
Get rid of fleas if you want to get rid of tapeworms.
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