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Old August 17th, 2006, 10:09 PM
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Dog keeps getting tapeworms

Hello,

My dog does not seem to have a flea problem (I see one every once in a while) but he has had tapeworms 5 times, 3 of which were in the last 3 months. I am forever checking him for fleas and immediately look if he scratches or bites at his skin to keep him from swallowing one that may be there. I am frustrated because I don't know why he is continuing to get tapeworms and I hate to keep exposing him to the medicine for their treatment. I don't know if it will have long-term negative effects if used this many times.

Any ideas or suggestions?

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Becca
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Old August 17th, 2006, 10:18 PM
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Is he an indoor dog?
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Old August 17th, 2006, 11:25 PM
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Has he been to the vet and treated for tapeworms?
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Old August 17th, 2006, 11:28 PM
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If he hasn't ingested anything since being medicated, maybe the medication just isn't effective, what kind did you give him?
Not all dewormers have tapeworm medicine in them, and some of the ones that do aren't all that effective against them.

Btw, you must eliminate ALL fleas from him. If you see ANY fleas on him it means he's infested with them, especially if he's a longhaired dog. If he didn't have any/many fleas on him you'd never see any on him. Is he on any kind of flea preventative? If not he should be, otherwise it will be hard to keep him from getting reinfected with tapeworms, though the probable answer is that he ingested something and got reinfected, or they were never completely eliminated in the first place.

Also, has he been to the vet so that you're completely sure they're tapeworms and not another parasite?

If you're using an over the counter dewormer chances are it's not working. You need to get an effective dewormer that the vet recommends and use the dosage the vet decides would be most effective to actually eliminate them.
A lot of over the counter dewormers are also hard on the dog physically, and the stuff the vet gives is usually better.
It's more expensive but if you've already treated your dog 5 times you're spending more than a one time dose would be anyway.
The pill that the vet gave to my dog (which killed multiple parasites) was 5 dollars.

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Old August 18th, 2006, 11:23 AM
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It's one of two things: either the initial tapeworm infestation isn't being treated effectively and keeps coming back, or your dog is ingesting new tapeworms somehow. Do you keep your yard clean? Does he eat his own poop? Does he go off into the woods and hunt for things? I suspect the treatment you have been using isn't working. I would check with the vet and see what they suggest. It's usually a one dose treatment, but the entire dose has to be taken all at the same time, otherwise the tapeworms will not be killed.
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Old August 20th, 2006, 04:07 PM
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Okay, Sorry for the delay in responding. School has been hectic.

To answer all of the questions...

He is an indoor dog. I just moved here and this place does not have fleas.

He is on frontline plus, once a month.

Every time he has gotten a tapeworm, I took him to the vet, without hesitation. I never de-wormed him myself. This past time (yesterday) the vet gave him a shot for tapeworms only. In the past, he was given oral Cestex (which I believe works on tapeworms and other organisms). All of these are seemingly effective medications and seemed to kill the tapeworm at the time.

I have treated the yard (sprayed for fleas and bleached after finding tapeworms), though my yard only consists of a small cement slab. So, I always pick up his poop (from my house or when we walk) and he never eats his poop. Because I always pick up after him, I have the opportunity to examine his poop immediately and catch anything abnormal about it. That is how I am finding the tapeworms.

We go hiking at times but he is on the leash and does not wander off into the woods where he could kill a rabbit or any other animal that may contain tapeworms.

Okay, hopefully that answers all of the questions.

As far as I know, I am very diligent in trying to keep him flea-free and tapeworm-free and I was wondering if anyone else was having a similar problem, even though they are also doing everything "correctly." I am discouraged by my visits to the vet where he implies that I am not doing my part. I just don't know what else to do and I'm very frustrated at the implication. I am spending a fortune on this, besides.

Thanks for the input.

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Old August 20th, 2006, 04:29 PM
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Does he have contact with some other dog or maybe a cat. If he is mouthing of licking another pet that has fleas than he can ingest eggs with later become the tapeworm. Fleas eggs are laid in the fur of animals, in grass or in rugs, not in poop. They can only become a tape worm when actual egg is ingested, frontline takes 18 hours to kill an adult flea that has fed on the dog

You said you just moved there, did the previous owner have pets there may be eggs in the rugs, do you have an indoor cat or other small furry? Fleas can continue reproducing as long as they have a host to feed off of that has not be treated.
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Old August 20th, 2006, 04:43 PM
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To answer your questions...no, he doesn't have contact with another animal...other than passing on the street...but he doesn't lick them because I don't let him. He can be temperamental with others so I don't risk it.

My current house does not have any carpet, and my last house didn't either. That's why I didn't have problems keeping the house from getting infested with fleas. I would just vacuum my furniture and sweep and mop my floors and never saw fleas. I do the same here and never see any...and I spend a lot of time on the floor playing with Buddy, doing yoga, and studying.

And noone has lived in this house in over a year and, as far as I know, they didn't have any pets.

His old vet, before I moved, was very sympathetic to the problem and would just suggest different ways to treat outside the house and stuff like that. After doing all of those things and moving, I thought surely I would not see anymore tapeworms. And then, one popped up last week! The new vet was very accusatory and had his mind made up that I do not use frontline on my dog or that I have fleas all in my house...both untrue. I was so frustrated that he wasn't trying to help me solve the problem but was merely demanding that I start doing things that I am already doing.

Anyway, I don't know where to go from here except to keep doing what I'm doing and bringing him to the vet for treatment if he gets another one.

Thanks for the ideas.
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Old August 20th, 2006, 05:01 PM
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That must suck- dealing with this issue as best you can and still having a vet judge you. Good luck with everything.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 09:34 AM
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Help!!! Dog keeps getting tapeworms

I am literally dealing with the exact same thing and am ready to pull my hair out and scream. My innocent, clean, indoor 2 1/2 yr old YorkiePoo keeps getting tapeworms. He's been treated with Drontal at least 4-5 times and we've done everything that Becca has done. I really hope someone (ideally Becca) can reply to this and help me, though, this thread is from 2006. I'm so frustrated with our vet and I want to know WHY this is happening!!
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Hello,

My dog does not seem to have a flea problem (I see one every once in a while) but he has had tapeworms 5 times, 3 of which were in the last 3 months. I am forever checking him for fleas and immediately look if he scratches or bites at his skin to keep him from swallowing one that may be there. I am frustrated because I don't know why he is continuing to get tapeworms and I hate to keep exposing him to the medicine for their treatment. I don't know if it will have long-term negative effects if used this many times.

Any ideas or suggestions?

Thanks,

Becca
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Old June 5th, 2013, 09:38 AM
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Has your vet been involved? normally they can provide you with the correct medicines to completely illiminate the tapeworm. Over the counter products will not kill a tapeworm?
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Old June 5th, 2013, 10:04 AM
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http://www.ehow.com/way_5765961_do-s...og-worms_.html



Did your vet give you instruction on what you need to do to made your dog does not keep getting tapeworms? I posted a link , you need to wash your dog beddings in very hot water and if your dog sleeps in with you your bedding needs to wash in hot water and the bedding have dried at hot setting . It may be best to buy some strong papers plates and feed your dog on a clean plate each meal and put newspapers under the plates and do not uses your bare hands to pick up your dogs plates . The plates should taken out of the house right away and in a trash can that has bleach in it. My dad had tapeworms when he was in the Mexico jungle and he said he needed to made sure the head of the tapeworms came out too or it would grow back.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 10:40 AM
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I dont think tpaeworms are really contagious but if you ingested a flea from the same carrier you may possibly get one. I think the care your referring to Barkingdog is for worms such as whipworms, hookworms etc. A tapeworm lives inside the body until it is fully mature and then the tail section breaks off and exits via the dogs stool.

If you google tapeworms and remedy's you will see some interesting homemade remedys. I would highly reccomend getting the problem dealt with at the vets. Many years ago my two cats got a tapeworm and the vet gave them both a needle to get rid of it and it killed the tapeworm. It did not come back. I am assuming that you have not siccessfully killed the tapeworm.

Good Luck and let us know how you make out.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 11:03 AM
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I dont think tpaeworms are really contagious but if you ingested a flea from the same carrier you may possibly get one. I think the care your referring to Barkingdog is for worms such as whipworms, hookworms etc. A tapeworm lives inside the body until it is fully mature and then the tail section breaks off and exits via the dogs stool.

If you google tapeworms and remedy's you will see some interesting homemade remedys. I would highly reccomend getting the problem dealt with at the vets. Many years ago my two cats got a tapeworm and the vet gave them both a needle to get rid of it and it killed the tapeworm. It did not come back. I am assuming that you have not siccessfully killed the tapeworm.

Good Luck and let us know how you make out.
then the whole house will have to cleaned very good to get rid of all the fleas , if the OP decides to uses fleas bombs they should be sure to turn off all their gas appliances. I knew a woman that set off 13 fleas bombs in her house and when she got back home she found her house blown up! She did not turn her gas off. I do remember my dad telling me the head can grow into another tapeworm. YUCK!! My dad had to drink a lot of very strong booze as there was no place to buy anything pills in the jungle .
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