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Old 06-29-2012, 10:18 PM
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Tapeworms - how long for the med. to work?

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I brought home a Shih Tzu puppy this past Saturday. She had tapeworms in her poop. We visited the vet on Monday, and they gave her a pill and sent one home to give in two weeks. I am still seeing worms in her poop. Is this normal? How long will it take to stop seeing the worms? It's not every time that she goes that I see them. Should I call the vet tomorrow? From what I've read, it's very difficult to get tapeworms from your dog, but I'm getting paranoid about it!!! Sorry, but worms are just gross. I know she will feel better when they are gone too. So, anybody know anything about tapeworms?? BTW, she also got Trifexis to take care of other worms and fleas.

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Hi! My puppy also had tapeworms when I adopted him. I am not sure if we have the same medication but this is what the vet did:
1. gave him two pills (sorry I threw the bottle out) with food and let him sleep for about 2-3 hours.
2. When he pooped, it was literally half poop, half worms. It wasn't the single segments but the entire worm coming out.
3. I saw less and less segments/worms as the day went on.
4. Did not see any the next day
5. Went back 3 weeks later to get a second dose (2 pills). This is to make sure you get all the bad boys outta there. He needed to go in and get weighted because he grew about 7 pounds during that time.
6. I've never seen tapeworm segments since the first dosage.
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Oh and about how you can get tapeworm?

The only way DOGS/HUMANS get it is from swallowing a flea. When dogs feel the bite from fleas they start biting that area and that's how they get it. This is why your vet said it's very unlikely you got infected. Unless a flea got on you, traveled to your face while your mouth was open, and you swallowed it, you are okay. If not, you will start seeing segments soon enough lol If that happens, then just visit your doctor (tapeworms are icky but relatively harmless).

I would suggest cleaning your puppy's toys with a water/bleach mixture or washing them in the machine. Fleas are killed this way because they suffocate. Also, wash your dog(s) with a flea shampoo and make sure to leave the shampoo on there for a goo 10-15 minutes. They have special chemicals to kill/ward off future fleas but if your dog is too young/small, any dog shampoo will do. The basis of shampooing your dog is that you are suffocating the fleas because they breathe through their skin. By really lathering and leaving the shampoo there for a couple of minute, you will kill the flea. Also, if you don't have one, buy a flea comb or go to the human grocery store, by a lice kit and use that comb. Before you rinse your puppy, you can comb the dead/live fleas out that way. It is also an awesome tool to use if your dog gets really dirty and you want to just check if he/she has fleas in the future.

Make sure to also wash your bedding (if you have slept with her) and since the life cycle of a flea is about 2 weeks, I would vacuum your house everyday for 2-3 weeks to be on the safe side (plus you will have a really clean house!).


**** Don't shampoo your doggy too often. Mine had REALLY bad fleas so I had to wash him 2-3 times an it dried his skin so bad he is still suffering from it a month and a half later. Iwould buy a doggy conditioner as well since your pup has long hair. Buy dog products since their PH is diffrent from out skin and using a human shampoo might dried out her skin even more. A conditioner can also help her itchy skin since the bite/saliva from fleas is what causes the irritated skin*****8

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Hi!

I brought home a Shih Tzu puppy this past Saturday. She had tapeworms in her poop. We visited the vet on Monday, and they gave her a pill and sent one home to give in two weeks. I am still seeing worms in her poop. Is this normal? How long will it take to stop seeing the worms? It's not every time that she goes that I see them. Should I call the vet tomorrow? From what I've read, it's very difficult to get tapeworms from your dog, but I'm getting paranoid about it!!! Sorry, but worms are just gross. I know she will feel better when they are gone too. So, anybody know anything about tapeworms?? BTW, she also got Trifexis to take care of other worms and fleas.

Thanks!
paysee,

I would isolate the dog with the tapeworms. My guess is you saw the (rice) tapeworm segments in this dogs stool , if yes , dog has the tapeworm.
Treat dog for fleas right away.

If the treatment for the tapeworm worked you should not see any more segments in dogs stool 24 to 48 hours after treatment.


The tapeworm comes from biting and ingesting an infected flea. The ingredient in the medication that kills the tapeworm is Praziquantel. So , what you need to buy is a product that contains Praziquantel , and dose for correct weight.

For Example , Link: Farnam® D-Worm™ Combo | Revival Animal Health
For Example , Link: Sentry® WormXPlus™ | Revival Animal Health

You may be able to find this at a local pet or feed store , just call a few places.
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Trifexis is a once-monthly tablet that kills fleas, prevents heartworm disease and treats and controls adult hookworm, roundworm and whipworm infections.

You need to get the flea problem under control on dogs and environment first thing.

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Thanks for the replies. Just to clarify, the dog has seen the vet and received medication for the tapeworms and fleas. I never saw a flea on her, and she isn't scratching anywhere. The vet tech said it just takes one flea to transmit the worms though.

Seems like I shouldn't still be seeing the worms? I'll have to call the vet and see what she says.
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Thanks for the replies. Just to clarify, the dog has seen the vet and received medication for the tapeworms and fleas. I never saw a flea on her, and she isn't scratching anywhere. The vet tech said it just takes one flea to transmit the worms though.

Seems like I shouldn't still be seeing the worms? I'll have to call the vet and see what she says.
paysee ,
You shouldn't be seeing anything after 48 hours in the way of tapeworm segments if the dose was correct by weight and the drug used was Praziquantel.
Are you sure what you are seeing is tapeworm segments? (looks like rice)

It just takes one infected flea , that is correct.
If you have a dog with a bad case of fleas you should take aggressive measures to get rid of them.

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Thanks for the replies. Just to clarify, the dog has seen the vet and received medication for the tapeworms and fleas. I never saw a flea on her, and she isn't scratching anywhere. The vet tech said it just takes one flea to transmit the worms though.

Seems like I shouldn't still be seeing the worms? I'll have to call the vet and see what she says.
What do the worms you are seeing look like?

Rice-like= tapeworms
spaghetti-like= roundworms

If they are the roundworms, depending on the meds you were given, you may not be treating the infestation.

If you're still seeing worms either the infestation was so bad that they aren't all out yet or the med didn't work (unlikely).
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Imagine tapeworm like cooked rice that you smash until it looks flattened and moves. You can also check your pup's sleeping srea. Notice any particles that look like "brown rice" and are hard? That's the tapeworm segments that come out if your digs butt at night anyways please please make sure you not only wash your dig but clean the entire house. Fleas can infest your carpet/plush toys.
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