This information is provided by Provet for educational purposes only.
You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Tapeworms are common in cats and dogs and can be transmitted by flea bites - so controlling fleas is an important part of the treatment of the worms.
Tapeworms usually only cause minor signs in infected individuals including :
There are 3 types of tapeworm that infect cats and dogs :
Tapeworm infection can be contracted by :
Diagnosis of tapeworm infection requires identification of :
Treatment involves drugs to kill the adult worms which live in the gastrointestinal tract, and killing fleas or lice which may transmit the infection
Long term prevention involves routine worming -usually every 6 months, and routine prevention of fleas and other ectoparasites .
Your veterinarian will be able to advise you about the most appropriate products to use for your pets.
Updated October 2013