Dog Wormer: Tape Worm Tabs, De-Wormer Chewables :
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.
A prescription drug known as praziquantel is usually used in the treatment of tapeworms in dogs, either orally or even by injection. The medication leads to the tapeworm to dissolve within the intestine. The drug does not have any adverse side effects.
Cestex (epsiprantel) is an oral medication used to treat tapeworm infections in dogs and cats. Cestex requires a prescription, and is sold per tablet.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.Treatment and Prevention
Unlike tapeworms, you cannot easily spot hookworms in your dog’s poop. Instead, the presence of hookworms must be verified by a veterinarian using a microscope. Treatment of hookworms is similar to treatment of other intestinal infections; medication must be administered that will kill the worms and allow the dog to pass them. Your vet may recommend vitamin supplements depending on the severity of the infection. Do note that serious hookworm infections can result in sudden death even if you have already begun to treat the dog. Hookworm larvae can be ingested, absorbed through the skin, or passed through a mother’s milk.Treatment and Prevention
Your veterinarian can provide you with a positive tapeworm diagnosis by checking your dog’s feces. Once the diagnosis is set, treating tapeworms requires either oral medication or a quick shot. Tapeworms, if caught early, pose no lasting threat to your dog and will be killed off as long as you continue to treat him until the recommended treatment period ends. Tapeworms are passed on by fleas — keeping your dog on a flea preventative can help stop a tapeworm infection before it begins.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.