Tapeworms – Quick Q&A
What are tapeworms?
Tapeworms are more of a problem in the adult cat or dog.
There are several species, each using the cat or dog as a primary host.
They are often seen sticking to the fur around the hind end of a cat or dog, looking rather like grains of rice.
How would my pet get tapeworms?
The most common cause of infection is ingestion of an infected flea or small animal (like a bird or mouse), which carries the eggs or larvae that hatch into an adult worm in your pet.
If your cat is an outdoor cat who likes to hunt or your dog eats everything they see on walks, it may be advisable to worm them more often.
What are the symptoms?
Your pet may start scooting their backside along the floor or try chewing or licking at their back end.
In severe cases there may be some weight loss over time.
How is it treated and prevented?
There are many worming treatments available in tablet or spot on forms, speak to your vet about which is best to have your pet fully covered.
As some tapeworms can also be spread via fleas, it is also important to regularly use flea prevention.
If you have any concerns about tapeworms and to discuss your pet’s individual worming programme, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01435 864422.