How does a dog get tapeworms? A dog swallows a flea that contains tapeworm eggs while chewing or biting at an itchy area on their skin. Once the flea passes into the dog's intestine the flea is broken down and the eggs develop into an adult tapeworm. The tapeworm attaches itself to the lining of the intestine and feeds off the nutrients. As the tapeworm matures the tail segments drops off. These segments are mobile. Each segment contains the eggs of the tapeworm. The egg packets are passed in the feces of the dog. The eggs are then ingested by the fleas which starts the cycle over again. The most common areas that tapeworm eggs are found are in the dog's bedding and in your carpet. Dogs can also acquire tapeworms by eating infected rodents or lizards.
How do I know my dog has tapeworms? You can often see the dried sections of tapeworm around the dogs bottom. They resemble rice grains. Dogs will often scoot around on their rear end due to the irritation. You may see the moving segments of tapeworm in the dog's feces.
How to treat tapeworms in my dog? Treatment is simple and in most cases extremely effective. Your dog will be given a drug that kills tapeworm and doesn't cause side effects. Tapeworm tablets can be purchased from your vet.