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Old 05-29-2017, 01:02 PM
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Tapeworms moving in dog feces

Hello, I was wondering if someone could help me out with some insight to the difference of tapeworm segments vs moving tapeworms in dogs stool. My boyfriend and I just adopted a 2 month old puppy after fostering him and two brothers for a month. Knowing their medical history and everything makes it great for us now since we dewormed them during the fostering. However, now that we have adopted little Zeus, I notice in some of his poops, not all, but every few days one or two poops he'll have throughout the day have moving tapeworms. He's never shown the segments in his poop but now there will be moving worms. He has an appt with the vet in a couple weeks which I will address with her then, but as for now I am just curious why there are never any segments and just moving worms? I've tried searching everywhere on the internet for my answer but everything just speaks of the segments. Does anyone have any information about this to help me understand and learn why this happens.?
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The whole tapeworm, or worms, is still in Zeus. The segment you see in his stool is only a small part of the actual worm. Tapeworms can grow to be between 4 - 28 inches long, and part of their lifecycle is to have segments detach and exit the host, the segments contain tapeworm eggs. The segments can move around for awhile, but will eventually dry up and resemble sesame seeds, or grains of rice. Dog Tapeworms – Causes, Treatments, and Prevention
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Oh thank you! I didn't realize the segments looked like that until they dried up. Very helpful, thank you again!
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There's no de wormer that covers every type of worm. Most of your over the counter type dewormers have no effect on tapes. If you're seeing worms in your dogs stool I would have the vet check a fecal sample ASAP, and not wait a few weeks for them to continue to develop and get worse. Your vet can confirm if it is indeed tape worm and/or any other intestinal parasites. At my work we've seen dogs with multiple different types of parasitic infections all at the same time. Keep in mind that tapeworm is transmitted by your pet ingesting an infected flea. Fleas are required intermediate hosts for the tapeworm to fully develop its lifecycle. If your pet is not on flea meds yet be sure to get him started on something ASAP to prevent him from reinfection.
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There's no de wormer that covers every type of worm. Most of your over the counter type dewormers have no effect on tapes. If you're seeing worms in your dogs stool I would have the vet check a fecal sample ASAP, and not wait a few weeks for them to continue to develop and get worse. Your vet can confirm if it is indeed tape worm and/or any other intestinal parasites. At my work we've seen dogs with multiple different types of parasitic infections all at the same time. Keep in mind that tapeworm is transmitted by your pet ingesting an infected flea. Fleas are required intermediate hosts for the tapeworm to fully develop its lifecycle. If your pet is not on flea meds yet be sure to get him started on something ASAP to prevent him from reinfection.
That's the thing, he's on frontline and when we took him to the vet last week told the vet I still see fleas on him so she gave us 1 tablet of nexgard to kinda help reinforce since frontline isn't the best, and we will be switching his preventive next month. However, the backyard at our current home is lousy with fleas and I can't seem to keep them off.. so I definitely feel like the tapeworms are going to be there until we move in a couple months and will make sure to keep the backyard at our new place sprayed or whatever we can to at least control If and any flea problem. His fecal upon adoption came back negative for any worms so I'm assuming it's from the flea problem after being brought home that is causing the tapes or if the fecal results they told us at adoption wasn't accurate. He didn't have any physical worms during the month of fostering but may just not had fully developed worms yet to shed in stool? He was on multiple rounds of panache even though they said the puppies had gotten rid of the worms before I picked them up for fostering. I'm just at a loss on what to do about this current flea situation for the next two months until we move... I bathe him often with dawn soap and always come out fleas every bath.
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I bathe him often with dawn soap and always come out fleas every bath.
Dawn? Like, the dishwashing liquid?? Yes, they use that stuff to get oil and contaminants off of birds after an oil spill, and it works because it is STRONG. And because it's strong, it is WAY too harsh to use as a 'daily' dog shampoo. Regular use will remove healthy oils from your dogs skin and will make his skin irritated, itchy and dry. Please stop using it.
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Not sure why frontline works for some dogs, but not others. I wonder if how its applied might effect its effectiveness! In our case frontline is what we use for Samantha, it seems to work. I will occasionally see a dead or dying flea on the surface of her coat. She can't have Nexgard, makes her sick, and she won't eat when on that. She had a terrible reaction to Trifexis, virtually lost the use of her rear legs for a day or so, so that's out too. She tolerates frontline, so that's what we use. Any medication is a real balancing act with her, she is so sensitive to so many. Our Vet has become very cautious when prescribing any med for her.
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The original blue dawn is safe in small amounts for puppies to kill fleas? I use it not every bath but to kill the fleas is safer than any flea shampoo for dogs since he's still a puppy... I've asked before, multiple vets recommend it. And even when I expressed concern about bathing my foster puppies too much since they were always dirty from playing in their pee & poop, the point was a little dry skin is better than remaining in their filth leading to worse skin issues. I always rub puppy down after dawn bath with a little coconut oil to help aid any dry skin after. I would never use anything harmful on puppy.

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I bathe him often with dawn soap and always come out fleas every bath.
Dawn? Like, the dishwashing liquid?? Yes, they use that stuff to get oil and contaminants off of birds after an oil spill, and it works because it is STRONG. And because it's strong, it is WAY too harsh to use as a 'daily' dog shampoo. Regular use will remove healthy oils from your dogs skin and will make his skin irritated, itchy and dry. Please stop using it.
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Tapeworms usually come from the dog ingesting fleas. Go to the pet store and find a dewormer that will get tapeworms. It is a one-time treatment and will take care of the problem unless the dog ingests another flea. If fleas are present, focus on getting rid of them to prevent recurrence.
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They make flea sprays that are designed for the yard or are safe to use in your house. The environment needs to be treated against just as much as your pet does. Ask your vet if they have any recommendations for environmental flea treatments.

Dawn is safe to use for bathing when needs, but as the others have said it will strip out the natural oils and needs to be followed up with a high quality dog conditioner. You can also use it to wash your dogs bedding and toys or any other fabrics that your dog may have been exposed to. When using Frontline you need to wait 48 hrs between bathing and application time. It also uses your dogs natural oils to disperse itself through their coat to be effective, if you're bathing frequently with dawn that's probably why the frontline isn't working like it should.
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