How do cats get Dipylidium caninum tapeworms?
Control of tapeworms of dogs and cats requires therapy and prevention. Animals that roam freely often become reinfected by ingestion of metacestodes in carrion or prey animals. is different, because it can cycle through fleas that may be associated with confined infected animals. An accurate diagnosis is necessary for effective advice on preventing reinfection.
Collect a sample of the stool and bring it to your veterinarian, who can often identify tapeworm segments on sight, but may also choose to do a fecal examination to confirm infestation. It is likely that your veterinarian will require this, particularly if this is your cat's first infestation.
Tapeworms are parasites which affect dogs and cats. They reside in the intestines and although they rarely cause clinical symptoms or disease in pets, they do rob their hosts of important nutrients. Tapeworms are also aesthetically unpleasant. The most common type of tapeworm is spread by fleas. Pets contract this species of tapeworm when they swallow fleas while grooming themselves. Other tapeworms are spread through improperly prepared food. Tapeworms are relatively easy to prevent and to eliminate. Keeping your pets free of tapeworms is important for both your pets' health, as well as the health of the human caregivers who come into contact with them. Tapeworms can spread to humans in some circumstances. Praziquantel (Droncit®) is the most frequently used medicine in the treatment of tapeworms. In many cases, a single dose of praziquantel will clear tapeworms from a pet. The medicine can be given orally, topically (as a part of Profender® deworming agent for cats) or by injection. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on which is better suited for your pet. Proper flea control should be implemented to reduce the risk of re-infestation. Fleas spread the most common type of tapeworm (called Dipylidium) in dogs and cats. Animals who do not receive proper flea control are at increased risk of infestation. Other tapeworms (called Echinococcus) can be contracted from raw meat. Animals whose diets contain improperly prepared raw meat can develop tapeworm infestations. Pets that hunt and consume prey animals, such as moles, mice or birds can also contract tapeworms. Dogs who eat feces may also contract Echinococcus tapeworms.Tapeworms are parasites of dogs and cats. They live in the intestines and, although they rarely cause clinical symptoms or disease in pets, they rob their hosts of nutrients. Tapeworms are aesthetically unpleasant.Pets stop shedding tapeworm segments soon after receiving effective treatment. If the source of the tapeworm infestation (fleas or raw meat) is not eliminated, the chances of re-infestation are high. The best way to prevent tapeworm infections is by practicing adequate flea control. Restraining pets from hunting and not allowing ingestion of raw or undercooked meals is also necessary to prevent the spread of tapeworms to dogs and cats.What are tapeworms? How do cats get them? Are they dangerous for the cat’s health? Can you also get tapeworms from your feline furball? How can you get rid of the worms?