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Old 01-28-2019, 09:52 AM
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Stubborn Tapeworms

Hi, everyone! I’m new here, I made this account out of desperation, I hope I can find some advice or similar stories. We rescued a puppy at the end of November, he was absolutely crawling with fleas and tapeworms. After multiple vet visits, he is all caught up on shots, flea free and doing very, very well. EXCEPT for the tapeworms. He didn’t show signs of them for about a week or two after his first dewormer. Then they came back and haven’t left. We have been through three consecutive days of Droncit, 25mg, another single dose of Droncit, FIVE consecutive days of Cestex, 50 mg and as a last resort, a week of fresh ground pumpkin seeds daily. In addition to his monthly Interceptor Plus. All in about two months. And I still see daily tapeworm segments around his anus/bedding and in his stool. My vet is stumped and currently making some calls to figure out a new medication. I’m going crazy. I wash our bedding and his, every week. Couch covers, every two weeks. My cats get monthly flea medication and don’t go outside, I even go through their fur and his, with a flashlight and flea comb every now and then. I’m a clean freak so this is killing me. He is otherwise a healthy and happy 5 month old puppy. I just want those worms gone. We have spent more money than we honestly should have on this, we are on a tight budget. But if anyone has any suggestions/advice/similar stories, please share!! 😞 I feel like a total failure of a furmom.
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Sorry about your tapeworm situation. Sounds pretty darn annoying!

And I personally avoid giving traditional meds unless really needed, since so many meds have negative side effects that can cause more problems.

For me, whenever I even suspect any kind of creepy parasite I just go buy some carrots and chop them up in small bits and give them to my dogs. If my dogs aren't wanting to eat them, I just mix them in their food bowl and add something extra yummy to the bowl like stinky wet dog food or steak, etc. Works like a charm for us!

Here's more info:

Grated Carrots – Coarsely chopped carrots mixed in with the dog’s food acts as an effective dewormer.

The chunky bits of carrots won’t be digested, so there’s no absorption or change in the nutritional and pH balance of the food.

The carrot scrapes the mucus, which houses the parasite, off the walls of the intestines.
Within a few hours, the dog will expel the carrot, in the same shape and size, along with the mucus and worms.
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Look like treating again in 28 days after the first Droncit. Does your dog eat its own stool?
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