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Tapeworms

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

Tapeworms are intestinal parasites that attach to a cat or a dog’s small intestine. Here, they can grow several inches long. As they mature, mobile segments which resemble grains of rice break off and pass into the stool. Most owners first notice them crawling on a dog or cat’s anus or are seen in the animals stool. As the tapeworm segments dry, they break open and release the eggs inside. Flea larvae then feed on these tapeworm eggs. When dogs or cats lick their skin, they may swallow an infected flea.  Once swallowed, the tapeworm hooks onto the pets intestine completing the life cycle. To get rid of tapeworms talk to your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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