12-10-2015, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by TiggerBounce
It's very likely a flea tapeworm. It's by far the most common. If you aren't treating for fleas, then she's only going get them again. Or if she's eating wild mice or other rodents.
Fortunately tapeworms usually do not cause any issues or illness.
This. In the vast majority of situations I've seen tapeworms have been the result of ingesting infected fleas. My breeder and I go through this periodically with our dogs. The dogs themselves do not have flea problems (I've never seen a flea on any of them), but they are frequently at the farm where they catch and kill rodents. They ingest the fleas and get the tapeworms that way. I got mighty irritated when an ill-informed vet tech told me that I "have got to get this flea problem under control" when I asked her about getting wormer for one of my dogs when I brought the other one in
Not like I'm going to start giving the farm rats flea baths... My cat even got them once, and she's indoor only and on preventative. My guess is that she ate a stray flea brought in by one of the dogs.
Either way, it's very likely that if you do not eliminate the fleas then she could keep getting re infected. It's just unfortunately the life cycle of the tapeworm. I can understand how tricky it can be since you don't want to use too many chemicals on your dog. Absolutely treat the house as well as you possibly can, and try to use a flea comb and manually remove any fleas you can find. Watch her exposure to other animals that may have fleas, and if she hunts rodents and the like. I hope you can get her other issues resolved quickly as well!!