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Old 11-22-2015, 04:06 PM
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My dog has tapeworm problem and treatment may not be working

On the 10th of November I noticed a small white thing, that looked like a little piece of paper laying on the ground next to my dogs recent stool. I picked it up with a toothpick and put it in a clear ziplock bag and it started moving. Took a video and took it to vet right away who said it was a tapeworm segment.

He treated my little 14 pound Min Pin with Droncit 34 mg. 1 1/2 tablets. From then until the 15th, I could see dried single segments in her feces each day. Then later on the 15th some live white ones came out again. On the 16th the vet retreated with the shot version and I still see little dried segments or parts of segments in her stools to this day. And it appears I see little eggs on her anus.

Also there appears to be little dark marks on her anus and her vulva possibly where the tapeworm crawled to. I am sick to death that this could be the E. tapeworm (very bad) the worst in dogs. Has anyone had any experience with tapeworms and what they can cause.

BABY has had vomiting sometimes prior to treatment
Dark spots and sores where the tapeworm have fallen or crawled to.

I am completely devastated that this could be a tapeworm other than the normal flea tapeworm. Any and all help is GREATLY appreciated. Thank you
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One of my dogs got tapeworms a few years back. He was treated with the shot and he expelled a large worm the next day. The other two dogs had a powder dewormer on their food just in case (as they all eat the same things). Both the shot and the powder dewormer worked great and only took one round of treatment. Maybe check the dosage for your pup
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I'd talk to your vet about a repeat dosing, or using a different wormer. The last time I treated one of my dogs for tapeworm I was instructed to give a second dose of the wormer around 2 weeks after the initial dose.

Are you making sure to control fleas? The main way dogs get tapeworms is by ingesting an infected flea.
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We are only using a small amount of flea control on BABY right now. We did however, treat the house by vacuuming for hours each day and treating with a pet safe product that kills fleas, larvae, and eggs. Once BABY is approved for more meds, we will have her on a more strict control of fleas and worms but we have to wait to see if she really has Lupus or not. Here is more on her entire situation from when she was diagnosed with Lupus a couple weeks ago till now as we are dealing with the tapeworms on a dog that has nill immune system at present https://www.facebook.com/groups/BabyMinPin/

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We are only using a small amount of flea control on BABY right now. We did however, treat the house by vacuuming for hours each day and treating with a pet safe product that kills fleas, larvae, and eggs. Once BABY is approved for more meds, we will have her on a more strict control of fleas and worms but we have to wait to see if she really has Lupus or not. Here is more on her entire situation from when she was diagnosed with Lupus a couple weeks ago till now as we are dealing with the tapeworms on a dog that has nill immune system at present https://www.facebook.com/groups/BabyMinPin/

Thank you always boxers and rain for your help

I can certainly understand not wanting to overload her poor little system with a harsh flea treatment. I'm sorry that she's going through all of that, and hope that she makes a full recovery

I really think she most likely has the tapeworm transmitted by fleas unless she's been catching and eating mice or other rodents. Ask about either re-dosing or a different wormer.
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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.
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I wanted to update everyone. BABY goes back in next week for another shot of praziquantel in case there are any tapeworm heads left. We also found another issue related to the immune suppressant drugs, Cheyletiella mites a couple weeks ago, and then Giardia just this past weekend. She is being weened off the Prednisone and Atopica as the vets are not sure now about the Lupus diagnosis. I also got her a Seresto collar which can be taken off if she has issues. We are still fighting off the mites as her immune system starts to return but the Tropiclean Oatmeal medicated shampoo with tea tree oil is killing off most of them while we wait for immune system to get the rest. She is on Metronidazole for the Giardia and doing much better with that already. Will just have to wait and see if we can find the underlying cause of her chronic vomiting and pain if its not lupus. Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions
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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!!
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We use a black walnut extract for internal parasites.
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