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Fleas: How They Spread Tapeworms to Your Pet

What Are Tapeworms?
Tapeworms are a common intestinal parasite in dogs and cats. Adult tapeworms live in the pet's small intestines, and your pet then passes tapeworm segments and eggs through their feces. These segments and eggs can look like dried sesame seeds or flattened grains of rice on the fur near your pet's anus, in their feces, or on surfaces where they sleep. They may or may not be moving.

How Does My Dog or Cat Become Infected?
Dogs and cats become infected with this parasite by ingesting an infected flea, usually through grooming themselves.

What Are The Common Signs I Should Look For?
If your pet is infected with tapeworms, they may not act sick. Still, they can experience weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, or have a poor-looking coat. If you suspect your pet has tapeworms, please stop by one of our wellness centers or community clinics to discuss options for diagnosis and treatment.

How Do You Treat a Tapeworm Infection?
The treatment is done at your veterinarian's office. As part of the plan, the veterinarian can also give you medications to treat your pet at home. Most tapeworm infections only require a single treatment. Still, your veterinarian may recommend repeating the treatment as needed on a case-by-case basis.

How Do I Prevent My Dog or Cat From Becoming Infected?
A consistent, year-round flea protection plan is the only way to prevent your pet from getting tapeworms.