If left untreated Tapeworm can stay within your dog for a long period of time. The important thing to do is if you suspect that your dog or puppy may have tapeworms is to treat immediately.
Tapeworms can be found by keeping an eye out for white, mobile segments crawling on your dog or in the faeces.
Tapeworms are not really harmful to your dog but they may cause weight loss when they are present in large numbers. You may observe your dog dragging its anus across the ground or carpet because the segments are irritating to the skin in this area. The adult worm is generally not seen, but the white segments which break away from the tapeworm and pass outside the body are usually noticed.
Occasionally, a tapeworm will release its attachment in the intestines and move into the stomach. This irritates the stomach, causing the dog to vomit the worm. When this happens, a worm several inches in length will be seen.
Treatment is simple and very effective. A drug that kills tapeworms is given orally or by injection. It causes the tapeworm to dissolve within the intestine. Since the worm is usually digested before it passes, it is not visible in your dog’s faeces.
If you suspect that your Dog or Puppy may have Tapeworm, we recommend that you have your dog examined by your Vet.