Dog Wormer: Tape Worm Tabs, De-Wormer Chewables :
Flea control is critical in the management and prevention of tapeworm infection. Flea control involves treating the dog and the environment (for more information, see the Client Handout and ).Your veterinarian can recommend a safe and effective flea control for your pet. If your dog lives in a flea-infested environment, re-infection with tapeworms may occur in as little as two weeks. Since tapeworm medication is so effective, recurrent tapeworm infections are almost always due to re-infection from fleas and not failure of the product.
With many prescription medications for canine worms, it's important to know the types of worms each medication treats. Immediate treatment of the parasitic worms is important. Many parasitic worms will attach to human hosts too. With worms like tapeworms, dogs' feces carry the eggs. If you come into contact with these egg casings, the worms can enter your bloodstream.
Tapeworm medicine can be purchased without a medical prescription. Since it is very common for dogs to get intestinal parasites at one point in their life, owners choose to acquire over the counter medication which help cure the dog from parasitic infections. Fleas are among the sources of tapeworm infestation, so besides treating for tapeworms, you should also be cautious regarding fleas. Tapeworms can be transmitted to humans, so make sure that, after treating your dog, you also clean the environment to prevent reinfestation and to protect your health as well.Taenia species - These are tapeworms that are acquired by eating prey or waste containing the infective larval stage. These are much larger tapeworms, often up to one yard (one meter) in length. Intermediate hosts include rodents, rabbits, hares and sheep. The intermediate stages develop hydatid cysts in various organs in the intermediate host. There are effective medications that will eliminate Taenia infections in dogs. If your dog eats prey such as rodents or rabbits, re-infection can occur with passage of tapeworm segments in 6-8 weeks.There are five general types of worms that dogs can contract: round worms, tapeworms, whipworms, heartworms, and hookworms. Some of these parasites are more devastating than others, but over time all of them can become a source of poor health and discomfort for your companion animal. It is important to recognize the side effects of the various worm medications. Once you do, you can make an educated decision about whether to treat a side-effect as an emergency or as a worrisome but acceptable event.Today, there is a non prescription medication against tapeworms known as ''Tradewinds Tapeworm Tabs.''The medication works fairly quickly and the entire tapeworm is generally not seen as it is mostly digested. If there are still fleas in the dog's environment, the dog may be re-infested and generally, the presence of tapeworms may be seen again within a month.The dog however must also be treated at the same time to get rid of the whole tapeworm and break the cycle. The most common medication prescribed for dogs with tapeworm is ''Droncit'' also known as ''praziquantel''. The tablets are prescribed to be given all at once. This medication causes the tapeworm to lose its ability to stay attached to the small intestine, and therefore it detaches, and is therefore digested and eliminated.Treatment for both animals and humans is simple and very effective. A prescription drug called praziquantel is given, either orally or by injection (pets only). The medication causes the tapeworm to dissolve within the intestine. Since the worm is usually digested before it passes, it may not be visible in your dog's stool. The drugs are generally well-tolerated.