How Do Cats Get Tapeworms?
In order for a cat to become infected with tapeworms, he/she must ingest a flea that contains tapeworm eggs. This process begins when tapeworm eggs are swallowed by flea larvae (an immature stage of the flea). Contact between flea larvae and tapeworm eggs is thought to occur most frequently in contaminated bedding or carpet. Next, the cat chews or licks his/her skin as a flea bites and the flea is then swallowed. As the flea is digested within the cat’s intestine, the tapeworm hatches and anchors itself to the intestinal lining.
How Do Dogs Get Tapeworms?
There is a cycle through which dogs get tapeworms:
First, the dog will ingest a host that is harboring tapeworm eggs, most often an adult flea. There are a few ways a dog might ingest a flea, such as self-grooming, or grooming a canine or feline housemate. Other animals that are potential transmitters of eggs include birds, rabbits, or rodents, which even a well-fed dog might scavenge for.
Once digested, the tapeworm eggs settle into your dog’s small intestine. There it will develop into an adult.
The adult tapeworm is made up of lots of small segments, each about the size of a grain of rice, called proglottids. Adult tapeworms usually measure anywhere from four to 28 inches in length.
As the tapeworm matures inside the dog’s gut, these segments break off and end up in the dog’s stool. Since these segments contain tapeworm eggs, the cycle will begin again, with a new host and most likely a new recipient.
How to use De-wormer Medicine:
Praziquantel & PYRANTEL - Distributed by First Strike Pet Products
This product can be given with or without food.
With food: Mix capsule content with wet food.
**Should not be given to pets with a history of epilepsy, nursing, newborn, under two pounds, compromised immune systems, breeding or pregnant, pets with history of allergic reactions or adverse effects to medicine. If any adverse reactions, please consult your veterinarian. ***
Can be given for Tape worms, round worms and hook worms.
KEEP YOUR PET’S LIVING AREA CLEAN. FRESH WATER, NUTRITIOUS FOOD, CLEAN BOWLS. CLEAN LITTER BOXES AND PICK UP PET FECES FROM YARD DAILY.
Tape worms are caused by animals eating fleas. If your animal has tape worms, please also use a flea preventative.