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Is this a flea cocoon? - Pls help!

October 8th, 2006, 10:46 AM
My 9 month old puppy had fleas. He was treated with Advantage 3 weeks ago. The itching subsided and I thought they were gone.

Then, a few days ago, I noticed him itching again. Then, I found copper pellets stuck to his fur at the base of his tail. The pellets look like a grain of long grain rice except that they're copper colored with a whitish tip. They're about 5 mm long and 2 mm wide and they're flat. No legs or antennae so they're not live bugs or anything. They fell off where he slept. I have collected 20 or so thus far and flushed them down the toilet. I haven't seen any live fleas yet.

Help! What am I dealing with? Thanks.

October 8th, 2006, 07:37 PM
Sorry, I think you have to go to the vet.

October 9th, 2006, 05:54 PM
I just spoke with my breeder and she says that it's a tapeworm segment that has come out of my pet's anus. Yuck! But at least I know what it is. We're off to the vet for a tapeworm pill tomorrow.