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What Types of Worms in Dogs Do You Have?

What types of worms in dogs do you have?  Can you recognize the dog worms your dog can get by symptoms alone; can you look at worms in vomit or feces and name the worm? Do you know how sick your dog can get by worm infestations? Even worse … do you know how serious the damage is inside your dog if your dog has never been wormed? Controlling worms in your dog requires hands-on and head-on knowledge with lots of dog experience. Unfortunately, not everyone can.

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Most dogs can get worms at one time or another, and not all worms are bad. But how the dog gets infected depends on the type of worms the dog gets. So, ask yourself “What types of worms in dogs do you have?”

Tapeworms – the most common type of dog worms

Dog tapeworms are best described as flat intestinal worms, made of several small segments that are approximately 1/4″ to 1/2″ long. The head attaches to the small intestinal wall with hooks and suckers. To cure tapeworm infection, the head of the tapeworm needs to be destroyed. Otherwise, the tapeworm will continue to grow.

The body of the tapeworm is made of segments [i.e. able to be divided in uniform pieces]. Inside each of these body segments are eggs. When the moist segment is passed in the feces, it is capable of moving about. About 1/4″ long, it crawls around the dog’s anus. Once it dries out, it is best described as kernels of rice. Some, not all, dogs feel itching in the area from the moving segments.

Know how to recognize when your dog has tapeworms. Tapeworms look like little rice segments crawling around the rectum. Do you know if they are contagious to your children or yourself? What wormer can you use OTC, or should you rush your dog to the vet immediately? Learning when and how to treat your dog for worm prevention, such as tapeworms, is a mandatory situation when you have a dog…especially an outdoor dog.

type of dog worms

Knowing how to tell what kind of worms your dog has and then to provide accurate de-worming will keep your dog pretty happy and healthy … along with yourself. There are all types of deworming programs for dogs and cats, through your vet, over-the-counter products and natural care. Pet stores like Petco or Petsmart provide certains days and hours where veterinarians provide vet care for low fees. Routine worming prevents serious and not-so-serious worm infestations.

The most common worm that dogs can get is the tapeworm. Dogs become infected with tapeworm parasites through infected fleas, the major source of tapeworms. And there you have it …

  • Rodents can carry infected fleas.
  • Hanging around other dogs who have tapeworms is very contagious.
  • A lot of parasites can begin by eating bad food.
  • Homes that have flea infestations, sometimes have infected fleas for tapeworms.

The truth is, the only time parasites or dog worms become a serious problem for dogs is when the dog’s immunity system gets too low. This prevents the dog from controlling the worms on its own, allowing dog worms to massively increase in numbers. If the dog is healthy, well-rested, and well-fed, its healthy immune system is designed to keep the parasites or worms at bay on their own … or by using quality worms.

Roundworms- the most common type of dog worms

As a rule, adult dogs tend to run toward tapeworms and roundworms. Roundworms go hand-in-hand with adult dogs, pregnant mothers, and nursing puppies. Maintain an effective worm control program with your vet. If you have a puppy or kitten, begin around four weeks of age with the mother being wormed before whelping her puppies. Feed her dry puppy food for extra nourishment

General symptoms of worm infestations are as follows:

  • Anemia has white gums, if left untreated
  • Appetite with a huge and continuous hunger, yet severe weight loss
  • Coughing, mild to severe
  • Worm irritation in lungs and esophagus
  • Diarrhea or loose stools
  • Disturbances of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Scratching and digging, particularly around the base of the tail
  • Temperatures that cause the pup to feel warm
  • Vomiting and vomiting up roundworms from the pup’s esophagus

No matter what type of worms your dog has, they all show symptoms of some type or another. It is up to you to know what those symptoms are in regard to what dog worm, instead of waiting to go to the vet for a physical and “accidentally” finding it out after a lot of damage has already occurred inside your dog. As dog worms begin to develop into worm infestations, the various organs inside your dog’s body will become compromised an adult dog can develop the following symptoms. Symptoms between adult dogs and puppies are similar in some areas, yet not in others:

  • Apathy and sluggishness, almost appearing lazy.
  • Their coat will look rather “bedraggled” and rough in spots.
  • Most dogs will begin to drink lots of water…more than usual in all types of weather.
  • They will lose weight everywhere but in their belly, which will appear bloated due to the growing amount of worms.
  • Thin as they will become, they will have no appetite.
  • After awhile, they will develop a persistent cough.
  • Many worms will travel into the stomach/esophagus area, causing vomiting).
  • Diarrhea with bloody or mucous in their stools with occasional signs of the worms themselves.

The time the owner first notices the symptoms of dog worms until the first treatment begins can make a lot of difference in the health of the dog. If left untreated too long,  worm-affected dogs will become seriously ill and end up dying. Knowing how to tell what type of worms your dog has involves knowing what the symptoms of each worms are.

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Specific symptoms for types of worms in dogs


If a dog has flatworms known as “tapeworms“, they will be easy to recognize by eyesight and are the least harmful to the dog. They look like small rice-like white segments  seen around the dog’s rectal area or they can be found in the dog’s stools.

Transferred to dogs by infected fleas, these broken off tapeworm segment will also be in the dog’s bedding, their favorite chair, and on the floor. The dog dewormer for tapeworms is available at the vets or over-the-counter at pet and feed stores– dog deworming naturally or with traditional medicine.

  • It is possible for no symptoms or very mild symptoms to be displayed in the affected dog
  • A certain degree of digestive symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gas, or abdominal pain)
  • Scooting across the floor while whining,  due to itching and being uncomfortable
  • Restlessness with some abdominal pain
  • Hunger with weight loss
  • Tapeworms in the stools or around rectum or anus

Specific Symptoms of Roundworms

The roundworm eggs can live several years before hatching.

The roundworm has a long sticky spaghetti-look to it and can be found in the dog’s vomit or stools,  considered the most frequent worm found in both dogs and cats.  Dogs are affected by two species of the roundworm–(1) toxocara canis and (2) toxascaris leonina. Of these species, both adult roundworms live in a dog’s stomach and intestines, able to grow to seven inches in length.  The female roundworm may lay up to 200,000 eggs daily, able to live in the soil for years.

  • One of the symptoms in dogs over six months of age is they will have no symptoms.
  • Older dogs develop an acquired resistance to roundworms, yet carry the eggs in a dormant form.
  • Puppies eight weeks or older produce mild vomiting or diarrhea due to roundworm infestation. The worms will be visible in the stools and in the vomit.
  • Puppies under eight weeks of age and heavily infested with roundworms will fail to thrive. They will have a potbelly, dull coat, anemic (white gums), stunted in growth, vomiting, diarrhea and eventually die.
  • Normally, all puppies at birth should be wormed routinely every two, four, six, and eight weeks of age  with the mother. The mother should be wormed before and when she is bred, with routine roundworm treatments up until she whelps the puppies.

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  1. Alexa
    August 8, 2017 at 8:47 am — Reply

    Hi, last night my 6 month old puppy went to poop and I ended up pulling a worm longer than a pencil and as thick as my thumb from her I was wondering imwhay kind of worm if could be because everyone is saying the worms they see look like spaghetti but this one seems different. She doesn’t really have any other symptoms beside coughing here and there but I’m worried about how such a big worm could come out of such a small dog.

  2. Sandi Slater
    August 7, 2017 at 1:19 am — Reply

    Hello I have a puppy tha just threw up a long spaghetti worm. She has been throwing up all day. She just isn’t feeling good. I don’t have a lot of money due to disability. Is the vet the only place I can buy dewormer. I will take her to vet but I can only afford it at end of month. So anywhere else I can buy dewormer until end of month

  3. cassi
    January 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm — Reply

    off subject kind of but needing a little help and ease of my stressing.. can you get roundworm from your dog?? i have 2 kids one crawls and i’m scared he could get it from our dogs going in and out.. i’m getting meds for them tomorro jus concerned about the kids

  4. July 17, 2016 at 3:03 pm — Reply

    I recently took my puppy to vet for first shoots,before vet visit,I bought dwormer,his seven weeks old,after visit I seen spigette like worm in his feses,what do I do,they advised me,to wait a week before I give him the chewable dwormer

    • July 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm — Reply

      Those spaghetti worms are roundworms. The reason the vet asked you to wait a week after getting his shots was because of his young age. It would be too much for his system. Make sure your dwormer is for roundworms.

      • Arnetria wright
        December 10, 2016 at 9:05 am — Reply

        My dog has white wroms in his poop what wroms are those an what treatment can I use

        • December 10, 2016 at 3:05 pm — Reply

          I would first take him to the vet as it sounds like he has tapeworms. He will probably give him Panacur, possibly for three days in a row. I use Panacur for goats as I can buy it at feed stores. Dosage is 1cc for 4.5 pounds for three days. You may see the worms for awhile after the third day. Dose him again in one month for three days. Keep this on hand as it has a habit of reoccurring and read up on it thoroughly.

        • December 10, 2016 at 3:06 pm — Reply

          I would first take him to the vet as it sounds like he has tapeworms. He will probably give him Panacur, possibly for three days in a row. I use Panacur for goats as I can buy it at feed stores. Dosage is 1cc for 4.5 pounds for three days. You may see the worms for awhile after the third day. Dose him again in one month for three days. Keep this on hand as it has a habit of reoccurring and read up on it thoroughly.

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      • Arnetria wright
        December 10, 2016 at 9:06 am — Reply

        My dog has white wroms in his poop what wroms are those an what treatment can I use look like rice

        • January 10, 2017 at 3:06 am — Reply

          If you purchase the “Dog worms” e-book it will describe the different worms and what treatments that you can use. It is not very expensive and you will always have it at hand. Not seeing the worms myself, I would say they are tapeworms, and require a trip to the vet for a high quality med or an OTC med at one of your feed stores.

  5. Jaclyn
    July 8, 2016 at 6:42 pm — Reply

    Hi. We just adopted a puppy who is 14 weeks old. She is Shepard, Pyrenees, hound and lab. When we got her from the rescue we noticed she was drinking a ton. We thought nothing of it. 3 nights ago she vomitted and I noticed a roundworm. It looked like a long spaghetti. I immediately contacted the vet then the rescue. The rescue gave me panacure powder that I mixed in her food which she ate all of. Today was the last day for the panacure and I haven’t seen anymore vommiting but tonight she pooped and I got close and noticed I saw another worm. Not nearly as big as the one she threw up. It was skinny, and small and white in color. What do I do?? Please help.

    • July 21, 2016 at 4:32 pm — Reply

      You will need to re-worm in about two to four weeks after the first worming. A puppy who has roundworms usually got them from the mother. Was she pot-bellied with a dull coat?

      Panacur is excellent, but needs to be given three days in a row. It comes in granules, liquid, and pills and tastes like crap. Kind of like chalk…therefore I mix it with canned food, teaspoon by teaspoon. If you mix a bulk amount with the full dose, and it tastes too strong, you will not get the full amount down. I also re-worm if the dog has a heavy infestation.

      Re: PANACUR

      What is Panacur?
      Panacur is a prescription medication used to control and remove roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and certain tapeworms.

      Who is it for?
      Panacur is for dogs and some zoo animals.

      What are the benefits?
      * Controls roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and certain tapeworms
      * Powder form allows for accurate dosing
      * Excellent safety profile

      How does Panacur work?
      Panacur oral dewormer contains fenbendazole, which kills parasites by disrupting their energy metabolism.

      Is there a generic equivalent available?

      How is it given?
      Panacur is given orally and mixed with a small amount of food. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. In most cases, it must be given for multiple consecutive days.

      What results can I expect?
      Panacur will safely remove roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and Taenia pisiformis (a tapeworm). It will not prevent reinfection with these parasites.

      What form(s) does it come in?
      Panacur comes in granules, paste, pills or liquid (in another brands).

      Please click on “More Information” for possible drug and food interactions with this medication.

  6. Bradly LeMaster
    June 22, 2016 at 5:41 am — Reply

    I have 4 week old pit puppy and she has white tapeworms. How can I treat her with little money. I know some remedies. But don’t wanna try them on a 4 week old. Please help me. Thanks in advance.

    • June 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm — Reply

      4 weeks is too young to worm a young puppy. Maybe 5 to 6 weeks would be better. Something safe would be ground up pumpkin sees mixed in some canned food. Make sure you ground it up fine. Worms hate this with a passion!


  7. Megan
    April 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm — Reply

    My dog is 11 months old we have never seen worms or any sign of worms in his poop. I took him to the vet and got him tested for heartworm then gave him the pill. This afternoon get had one long white worm in his poop it was barely moving and actually was at the dYing point. He hasn’t passed one since and Ishe acting normal. I read and was told by my vet heartgard plus kills and prevents roundworms has anyone else experienced this? I have a 8 yrs old bichon too and she is also on heartworm what are the chances she could get it?

    • Lauren
      February 5, 2017 at 6:09 am — Reply

      Just gave my 8 month old shepard his Heartguard on Saturday morning with his breakfast. .Sunday morning poop has to long spaghetti like worms in it!!!!EWWWW! Bringing him to vet for check up tomorrow. .will mention it to them..

  8. Aura
    April 8, 2016 at 9:29 pm — Reply

    I just got a 2 months old puppy and noticed few white small worms like rice grain on his stool i have 2 kids and another dog can we get sick too? Can i mix garlic on my dogs food to treat them both ?

    • May 2, 2016 at 8:25 pm — Reply

      Feeding garlic to young puppies is not wise, in my opinion. These may be tapeworms, and generally come from fleas or an infected rodent or mother. Obviously, whereever you purchased them may have not wormed these pups. Because you have two children and another dog, I would take them to the vet and have them properly wormed.

  9. Romy Matrana
    March 7, 2016 at 6:34 am — Reply

    I just happen to see this website, its 3:00am I am sad. I just got a dachshund he’s 10 weeks. I was told when I got to the peoples house that the puppy was healthy, but here is some meds to give him. When I drove 2 hours back I realize what was said to me later that day. The puppy had worms. I understand that because I had a puppy before that had worms before. Now, I am in a bad situation I just went through a divorce after 30 years. I need some answers if you can help me. Thanks, well like I said I am going through a tuff time right now. I am living in a extended stay hotel. I don’t have any money. My ex. Is paying for me to stay here. I gave him my house. It’s really my grandson’s house in the will long story. But, I can’t bring him to a Vet. It’s killing me because every dog I ever had went every 6months for follow up. Just like a human thst had to go to the doctor. It was like a human. All my dogs where treated like a person. It was funny. Well, this puppy has tapeworms and also I am starting to see for the first time ever in my life little orange looking rice like in the about 4am in his puppy bed. I am pissed off a out all this. But, I understand that it was not the lady at sold me the puppy fault. So, anyway its alot of them. Than when he goes to poop its the white worms the orange looking ones are dead in his bed. What can u do to help me understand what’s going on. I just don’t have the money in this is hurting me more than its hurting the puppy. I started yesterday giving him avery little amount of garlic. How often can I give him that. I gave it to him twice yesterday. I am scared. I never seen it like this before. I had a lot of dachshund in my life never out of the 6 that I ever seen anything like this. What else can I get by with in helping my sweet little man to feeling better. He does not look sick. He’s happy go lucky puppy. He loves life he’s always happy. One other thing is the garlic going to help him? Thanks Romy. I love ready your forum. I started reading yhem at about 2am this morning an can’t stop. Your Smart! Thanks again for listening. WayCoolDogs

    • March 8, 2016 at 12:16 am — Reply

      Romy, I just got back from my granddaughter’s wedding and saw your email. What type of meds did the puppy’s owner give you? It sounds as if they did know he had worms or they would not have taken him in for medication.

      Anyway, that is over and done with. Right? I have never seen orange worms before, especially in a young 10-week puppy. And … usually tapeworms are white and wiggly when they first come out with the feces. They crawl around the rectum area until they die. Unfortunately, all infected tapeworms come through fleas.

      There is a med that is over-the-counter called Tapeworm med. I think it is under ten dollars. I buy it at feed stores. I do not know where you live, but the feed store I go to is Tractor Supply. Also, look at Orschelin Feed and Supply.

      Tapeworms are not as dangerous like other dog worms. The main issue is fleas. Infected fleas. Give him baths with a flea shampoo. Research them on the internet naturally. Your vacuum is the most powerful tool you can use against fleas, and safe, natural household supplies like baking soda and lemon peels are close runners up. Once you vacuum, empty the bag immediately. Do the couch, floor, chairs, mattresses, etc.

      Natural Flea Bath: Make a lemon water dip. Boil the rinds of 2 lemons in 2 cups of water for 1/2 hour. Add the lemon water to a gallon of warm water. While the water is still warm (not hot), pour it over your pet. Sprinkle borax over the floor and let it sit 24 hours before vacuuming. It can be purchased at the grocery store.

      Personally, I have never had any problems with garlic before. In fact, many people feel that garlic is an antibiotic that kills parasites. Many do not agree. It is your personal opinion. But tapeworms are the least dangerous worms in dogs there is, and cause the least health problems. If you had to choose a dog worm, that is the safest. I am surprised he does not have roundworms, which can kill dogs. Have you tried contacting the owner?

  10. Jenna
    February 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    Waycooldogs help me with the worms issue, I have wormed my puppy but need to know how soon after it takes effect

    • February 9, 2016 at 8:11 pm — Reply

      Jenna, I am assuming you wormed your puppy for roundworms? What type of wormer did you use and did you do it, or did your vet?

      Some wormers work as soon as 3 days. A lot depends on the amount of worms they have inside them and what type of wormer you are using. But for sure, you need to reworm your puppy every two weeks until it reaches 12 weeks old or so.

      If your puppy has a large amount of roundworms and is extremely pot-bellied, I would take it to the vet for an evaluation and get a quality wormer. Let me know some of the things I have touched bases on here.


  11. April
    January 28, 2016 at 1:58 pm — Reply

    I Have a Pitt/lab puppy born the beginning of nov 2015 received her the 2nd week of January 2016.. I noticed right away her belly was very bloated when I asked the lady said oh she’s just a piggy.. After having her home and doing some research I read about belly bloat… It seemed to get better as she settled in… Today she had an accident in the house and I found a long worm at first I thought it was a rubber band but it was moving… It looked like a romen noodle… What is it and what do I need to treat her…thank you

    • February 9, 2016 at 8:15 pm — Reply

      April, you are correct. A pot bellied puppy usually has worms …. typically roundworms. Roundworms look like ramen noodles or spaghetti, and will increase in size rapidly inside the puppy.You can use pyrantel wormer or go to the vet and have the initial worming done professionally. I would worm every two weeks until it is around 12-16 weeks of age. Let me know.

  12. January 21, 2016 at 10:29 am — Reply

    Does SOMEONE know what kind of worm my Chihuahua has?? please! I need to know!! i need to help my puppy!!!!

    • February 9, 2016 at 8:17 pm — Reply

      Victoria, can you send us all a picture of the worms so we can focus on the type of worm and what med to use?

    • March 8, 2016 at 12:22 am — Reply

      Victoria …. if they look like rice, they are tapeworms. Tapeworms come from infected fleas. You dog has picked them up from other dogs, chewing on mice or some form of critter, etc. The fastest way to get rice of them is go to a vet and treat him with Panacur or something similar.

      • Laurel
        April 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm — Reply

        I have been looking at pictures of tapeworms and they are long and flat, but the pictures of pinworms look like rice to me.

        Try and do a comparison study. Also, look at more than one picture of each one.

  13. January 14, 2016 at 12:03 pm — Reply

    i have a 9 week old teacup chihuahua, moghwai and he has had worms coming out of his butt as we call them,”butt buddies”, but i don’t know what his type of worms are called and they looked like a grain of rice, what are they called??

  14. Shelly
    December 18, 2015 at 8:24 am — Reply

    my 5 year old otherwise healthy lab/rott mix vomited after eating rawhide yesterday and I noticed a very small and slender (1 inch- almost microscopic) very active worm, silverish in color within its contents. Any idea what it is and how to get rid of it? I looked up all kinds of worms and nothing really fits the description of what I saw. I also don’t know if my other dogs are at risk too?

    • February 9, 2016 at 8:40 pm — Reply

      Shelly…..I would need a pic of the worm to get an idea what it is. But the fact that it was in the vomit instead of feces may mean two things: (1) heartworms or (2) stomach worm infection. I would leave heartworm out as they are fairly long. That could leave stomach worms.

      STOMACH WORM INFECTION – an infection of the gastrointestinal tract, caused by the parasitic organism Physaloptera. A few worms can be present, while single worm infections are also common. You say your dog is five years of age — but there is no age, breed, or gender that is more susceptible to acquiring this condition than others. But typically this comes from your dog chewing on outside varmint, such as a bird, rodent, frog, snake, or a lizard. At 2.5 to 5 cm long, these worms are quite small.

  15. December 12, 2015 at 3:01 pm — Reply

    I have a seven year old boxer. He has white worms in his stool. They are about one inch to one and half inches long and I can see them moving in his stool. They look flat but nothing like rice. Is this a tape worm? I have also read that tapeworms cannot be killed by over OTC type drugs. Is this true in your opinion?

    • February 9, 2016 at 8:43 pm — Reply

      It sounds like tapeworm, and they are very tough to kill. Unfortunately, they originate from infected fleas. You would need to destroy fleas in the yard, the dog, the house, and so on. Routinely.

      No, Ken, OTC meds to not work well…if at all. I would suggest going to your vet and get a tough wormer to kill this type of dog worm.

      If you need further info, get hold of me.


  16. Kim
    December 10, 2015 at 10:18 pm — Reply

    I recently got a puppy and noticed she had a abnormally large belly. I had her first shots today and the vet gave her an oral deworming liquid. As soon as I got her home she went poop. Out of her poop were these HUGE worms. The worms were really white, long, and it had a needle like pointy head. Not sure what the worm is, but any information would be helpful.

    • December 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm — Reply

      A large belly on a puppy usually means they are full of roundworms. They look like white spaghetti with a head on it. I do not know what oral dewormer your vet had, but call him and inform him about what you saw in the feces. Most vets give a general dewormer to puppies, which takes care of the roundwormers….but you never know. 🙂


  17. November 30, 2015 at 1:21 pm — Reply


    I have never heard of the Caniverm dewormer, but the fenbendazole in it is the same as Panacur C, which is considered an over-the-counter dewormer and from the veterinarian routine worming for dogs and cats. Panacur C is considered a broad spectrum parasiticide used to treat hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and whipworms in dogs—a high quality general dewormer. It is also used by veterinarians to treat other parasites.

    I can get Panacur (used for 3 days consecutively) online at or PetSmart; also at a general feed stores for animals. It comes in a liquid, powder or pill form.

    The other dewormer in Caniverm is praziquantel, a low-based dewormer used only for tapeworms. If you used Panacur, it would treat for tapeworms without this lesser product. Pyrantel pamoate that is in the Caniverm is used for hookworms and roundworms.

    I agree with you, do not give Caniverm in addition to Panacur as you would be double-dosing the Panacur and the other wormers are repeating the processes. They are unnecessary, and may be harmful to dogs that are in a weakened condition, or pups from 6 weeks to 3 months old. Never give it to those under 6 weeks, Julia.

    I decided to check Caniverm out because of the various dewormers in it and because I have never heard of it before. I found out it is a new product, and one that treats only roundworms and tapeworms. It is sold in Egypt and the Philipine Islands. It obviously is not an American product, so I can not tell you much about it other than I would feel safer with Panacur.

    If you need anything else, let me know, okay? Good luck.

    Nancy Houser

    P.S. I I use pyrantel for puppies at 4, 6 and 8 weeks of age….then go to Panacur wormer. I you decided to use the Caniverm, do not use anything else. You can repeat Pyrantel wormer every two weeks, but I am not sure about the Caniverm.

    • Julia
      December 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much! I would feel safer with Panacur too, but Caniverm is the only dewormer that I’ve been able to find here in Bosnia. The stray situation here is horrendous, and unfortunately, worms are usually the least of their problems. But at least now I know not to give it three days in a row! Next time I’m back in the states, I’ll have to pick up a bunch of Panacur…

      Again, my sincerest thanks!

      • December 1, 2015 at 6:51 pm — Reply

        I would have no problem with Caniverm, as long as there is nothing else added to it. I notice you said, “worms are usually the last of their problems.” If a dog’s immune system is built up, not only will they be able to remove the worms on their own, but they will not get sick or go down due to illnesses.

        Have you tried grinding finely squash, pumpkin or guard seeds and then mix them directly with their food? This is very popular in Brazil for worms, especially tapeworms. If you need to grind the seeds in advance, place them in an airtight container and freeze (if moisture gets in the container, throw it away). Do not bake or salt the seeds, feeding them raw only. The dosage of seeds is 1 tsp for five days in a row for a dog that is the size of a German Shepherd whereas an average sized cat would get 1/4 tsp for five days in a row. It is a natural alternative to de-wormers.

        Please note: If possible, ask your vet before doing giving this to your dog or cat. This email does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease or condition; I use my personal experiences only from my pet rescue.

  18. Julia
    November 26, 2015 at 9:12 pm — Reply

    Thank you so much for all of the information. I am stationed in Sarajevo, Bosnia, with the US government, and have taken in a growing pack of strays of various sizes/ages. Almost all arrive with worms of one sort or another. The only dewormer available is Caniverm (150 mg fenbendazole, 144 mg pyrantel, and 50 mg praziquantel per tablet; one tablet per 10 kg/22 lbs weight). I have read that fenbendazole (AKA Panacur) alone should be given for several consecutive days, but I am not sure if it would be safe to do this with the Caniverm as it would mean repeating treatment of the pyrantel and praziquantel as well.

    I have tried several of the local vets, but the standard of veterinary care here is pretty shaky, to put it lightly (when I take dogs in for their initial exam and vaccinations, I have to tell the vets what to give them). So any advice you have would be much appreciated. At the moment, I am most concerned about a 7-week old puppy with a stomach like a bowling ball. I gave a half tablet of Caniverm today (poo was full of worms) and am just wondering if I should give another tomorrow or wait two weeks.

    Thank you in advance for all of your help!

  19. Crystal
    November 21, 2015 at 2:31 am — Reply

    Sorry I meant tapeworm segments*

  20. Crystal
    November 21, 2015 at 2:29 am — Reply

    I’m currently using WRM Clear. puppy is 8 weeks or so old…I saw very few (1 or 2) tapeworms in his poop but after using WRM Clear have been noticing several tapeworms in his poop…does this mean its working or is it getting worse?

  21. November 17, 2015 at 10:16 am — Reply

    I have a question regarding my 13 week old Great Dane Puppy. I

    • November 19, 2015 at 8:11 pm — Reply

      Please send me the question and I will see what is going on. Okay?

  22. Hannah Roach
    November 16, 2015 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    We just got our puppy at 6 weeks and the other day we noticed that she was pooping out long round worms and she just turned 7 weeks and today I got her shots and she came home and is still pooping them out. What do we need to do?

    • November 19, 2015 at 8:13 pm — Reply

      Those long roundworms are normal for puppies if they have not received routine worming from the breeder. I would take her to your vet and see how bad they are.

  23. Courtney
    November 2, 2015 at 7:31 pm — Reply

    I have a 14 week old puppy an she is passing what looks like a round worm its really long an is white an looks like a cooked spaghetti noodle I have gave her wormer for the last couple days but they just keep coming. Should I get a different wormer or is what I gave her working?

  24. Angela
    November 2, 2015 at 2:08 pm — Reply

    I have a 9 year old basset, I first noticed that he had like a small amount of bloody discharge around his bottom, and he kept licking at it. The next day I checked his stool and seen the seed like objects but I have not seen any worms. I treated him with a dewormer that works on 3 different kinds. Its been 3 days now since his last dose but he still has the bloody discharge, could he still have the eggs since he wont stop licking?

  25. Abbey
    October 11, 2015 at 11:45 pm — Reply

    I just got a puppy today and she hasn’t really ate much. She pooped once and peed twice. Earlier she was asleep on my bed and I notice a white worm that was a tad bigger than a grain or rice near her rectum. The worm wasn’t moving and when I went to remove it (with toilet paper) it just smashed instantly. She has been in contact with many dogs today but just face to face contact except for our other house dog. She is hopefully going to the vet tomorrow but should I have all the dogs she has come into contact with treated?

  26. Pat Turner
    September 14, 2015 at 7:49 pm — Reply

    My 7 yr old cockapoo has white flat worms about 1inch long in his feces.I’m thinking tape worm but he has never had fleas I treat him regularly. But he has caught a rabbit and eaten the organs could this be the cause.I just bought wormxplus. I have another dog they sleep in the same room but one is caged should I treat him too? Can we get them as they do get up on the couch with us?

    • September 25, 2015 at 4:39 pm — Reply

      Yes, any animal that has infected fleas can pass the worm problem onto the dog who consumes it. And as far as the dog who is caged, I would definitely treat him also. The only way you can get the tapeworm from your dogs is if you pet your dog and get the flea or worm on your hands. Wash your hands all the time and keep your dogs clean also.

  27. Molly Brown
    August 31, 2015 at 8:22 am — Reply

    Do tapeworms die once they leave the puppy !! I woke up to so many looking like white rice in my bed & was so freaked out !! I’m taking her to the vet today but my question is do they die right away once they leave her & can they attached themselves to me ?

    • September 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm — Reply

      Flea tapeworms are not transmitted directly to humans by their pets. However, the dipylidium caninum tapeworms can infest humans (generally children) who inadvertently ingest tapeworm-carrying fleas or lice. The individual tapeworm segments all rely on the survival of the tapeworm’s head if they are to remain within the definitive host animal and survive.

  28. Beth
    August 28, 2015 at 1:20 am — Reply

    I brought home a 17 week old puppy 6 days ago. Tonight I found 3 one inch little live worms on the carpet and 1 darker curled live one. What kind is it. We have all been letting her lick us..hands faces..! I’m scared were all going to get worms and the house will be infected…please help!

    • September 25, 2015 at 5:02 pm — Reply

      Do not panic, Beth. It sounds like tapeworms. They originate from infected fleas; I would take her to your vet and begin treatments. Control your home for fleas and begin flea treatments on her. Also, start tapeworm medication from your vet.

  29. Cyndie
    August 10, 2015 at 5:13 pm — Reply

    I got a puppy several months ago – he was born outside and spent all of his time outside before I got him (he is an indoor dog now). I have never seen a flea on him, or any of my other dogs (nor do they scratch like they have fleas). A couple months ago a found several sand-colored segmented worms in his poop -they were much larger than a grain of rice. About 1cm in length, quite plump, and active. I treated him with the Safe-Guard 4 granules over 3 days – saw the worms again a month later and used the same product. Now, about 6 weeks later I’ve seen them again. I just gave him Sentry Worm X. Also, about 3 weeks ago I had him at the animal hospital for vomiting and $500 later (which included a comprehensive stool exam with the sample being sent out of state) I was told that they didn’t find anything abnormal. These worms don’t sound like the tape worm segments that I am hearing others describe – are they sometimes much larger than rice? This worm doesn’t look like anything else I’m seeing in the pics. Also, my dog doesn’t look ill – has lots of energy, doesn’t have a pot belly, and never scoots his butt on the floor. Any ideas?

    • Cyndie
      August 10, 2015 at 6:05 pm — Reply

      Sorry – to clarify, I am now using Sentry Worm X Plus that treats tapeworms.

  30. Brianna
    August 9, 2015 at 5:50 am — Reply

    I have a 3 month lab golden mix and I noticed worms in his stool yesterday. When I saw them yesterday they looked like inch worms. Very small and white. So I went and bought him An Otc dewormer. So I gave him the first dose last night. this morning when I took him out, he pooped tons and I mean TONS of extremely long white worms. More worms than poop. They had to be at least 7 or 8 inches long. And one time he popped it was just worms. !! I’m wondering is this the medicine working or should I be more worried now??

  31. Rebecca
    August 6, 2015 at 5:49 pm — Reply

    My 5 yr old bassist hound has become very weak and is not eating like he normally would. We’ve not noticed any worms in he’s stools but he does have diarrhea with some blackis coloring in it. He has not been tested but I did give him a dewormer about 5 months ago. What could be wrong with him, we are very scared and honestly don’t have the funds for an emergency vet visit. Please help!

    • August 27, 2015 at 8:31 pm — Reply

      If you do not know for sure what type of worms your dog has, you should not treat it with a treatment you do not know much about. Take him to the vet and have him take a look to make sure what type of worm he has.

  32. Joe
    July 28, 2015 at 1:52 am — Reply

    I just put her on Nexgard for fleas and ticks the same day i dewormed her. Should she be dewormed BEFORE I see more worms in her stool or wait until i see worms?? Do you recommend an over the counter dewormer that i can buy at tractor supply or another store that will be just as effective as Drontal Plus?

  33. Joe
    July 26, 2015 at 5:35 am — Reply

    My Great Dane was treated yesterday for tapeworms. The vet gave her Drontal Plus. This morning i checked her stool and didnt see anymore worms. Now the lady at the vet that checked me out said dont be alarmed if i see the worms again in a few weeks. So what does that mean? Will i have to deworm her again or should i deworm her again? If so how often?

    • July 28, 2015 at 12:42 am — Reply

      Drontal Plus is an excellent dewormer for tapeworms. Unfortunately, your vet did not explain the cycle of the tapeworm which would have answered your questions fully that you asked me.

      The tapeworm is a flat worm which consists of a head, neck and numerous segments. The head has suckers which attach the entire worm body to the dog’s intestines. Each segment has its own reproductive organs: mature segments, as many as 100 individual segments, contain large numbers of eggs that are released near the dog’s anus. Each segment can reproduce sexually on its own they contain both male and female sex organs. The life cycle of the tapeworm involves these segments…passing out of the body within the feces of the dog or cat. Many times the eggs are released inside the segments before the segments leave the body. These eggs, approximately 30 eggs in each segment, expel from the segment. Both dogs and cats can remain infected up to one year, with tapeworms growing up to 6 feet or more if left untreated. Adult tapeworms may attach to the small intestinal wall and live up to two years or so.

      When the segments break away from the adult tapeworm, they are seen in the environment of the dog 2 to 3 weeks after the infected tapeworm was ingested by the dog or cat. When first seen as rice-looking particles near the rectum, most dog owners treat their animal with deworming medications for tapeworms. These drugs will act rapidly, killing the adult worm parasites rapidly. The adult tapeworms will disappear rapidly. However, the drugs do not hang around long for further tapeworm infestations if there are infected fleas and lice around for the dog to eat. Another infestation will occur around two to three weeks.

      The dog owner needs to repeat treatment for tapeworm infestations every two to three weeks if the dog’s environment is not controlled for infected fleas and lice. This may lead to toxicity concerns due to the number of worming pills or medicine. The best option for the control of tapeworms is to worm the dog every two or three weeks while also controlling the flea and lice population in the house at the same time (bedding, couch, chair, carpets, and the outside environment.

  34. July 23, 2015 at 8:03 pm — Reply

    Pet Smart has a tapeworm med for dogs (safe-guard 4 Canine Dewormer) that is four all four worms … Roundworms

    Active Ingredients (in each dosage unit): Fenbendazole Granules 22.2% (222 mg/g)

    I would switch to this a couple of weeks after you end the one you are using. Tapeworms come from infected fleas. You can kill them, but they will reoccur unless the fleas are destroyed.

  35. jenny
    July 21, 2015 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    i have a 6 week old puppy and i think it has roundworms what med can i use over the counter

    • July 23, 2015 at 7:40 pm — Reply

      You can go to a feedstore, WalMart or any store that has a pet section. I go to TSC, a feed store, and use Panacur, a goat wormer that I give for three days in a row. Amazon also has puppy wormers for roundworms that you can purchase.

    • July 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm — Reply

      Nemex2 is excellent….give it 6 wks, 8 wks, 10 wks and 12 wks.

  36. Keisha
    July 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm — Reply

    12wk old chihuahua puppy just say small, short, flat, pink body’ white head worms in poop.. what type of worm is this?

    • July 23, 2015 at 7:42 pm — Reply

      This is a tapeworm, caused by fleas in the grass or on its body from its mother. As long as you have them, you will be unable to control the worms.

  37. Katherine grimes
    July 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm — Reply

    Found small pieces of tapeworms after day two and three of treatment. Should I continue treatment or stop?

    • July 23, 2015 at 7:44 pm — Reply

      Tapeworms do not disappear after the initial treatment, especially if there are fleas (which are the source of tapeworms)around. Go to a feed store and buy tapeworm meds, following routine directions.

  38. Coconut Wata
    July 13, 2015 at 4:01 pm — Reply

    My pup is 3mths and has tapeworms, the vet prescribed NEMEX, the dosage is once every week and have been doing so for about 3 weeks, but there’s still worms in his stool every time, and sometimes they just come out… I started putting Apple Cider Vinegar in his water today and will be checking to see how that works. Will try the garlic regimen… I do my best to clean up all the feces, sometimes though, I flush it down the toilet… Is that ok or should I throw it in the garbage? He’s inside for the most part but if this continues, I might have to turn him into an outside dog… HELP!

    • July 23, 2015 at 7:49 pm — Reply

      Tapeworms will not disappear until the fleas are controlled (the source of the worms). If you put the dog outside with tapeworms, they will increase inside the dog in large numbers. The wormer you are using is wrong….NEMEX controls roundworms and hookworms only. Tapeworm uses Praziquantel.

  39. leane
    June 8, 2015 at 10:36 am — Reply

    My dog poopd on my mat. Luckily I dewormd him but now I am never gonna sit on that spot nomatter what!!!!!!!

  40. Dana Biddy
    April 21, 2015 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    My puppy pooped just one worm. And only one time.. I’m not sure what kind it was. It was really long and curled up.. Can someone help me out plz

    • April 21, 2015 at 10:12 pm — Reply

      A long worm that slightly curved is a roundworm. However, roundworms that are expelled from the body usually arrive in masses.Now, this could be the early infestation of roundworms or it could be what the dog has consumed. Is there a head on this body and/or was there movement?

  41. April 20, 2015 at 4:59 am — Reply

    I have a 9 week old puppy. She was removed from mom in my eyes, way too early as I have had her for 2 weeks or more. I keep finding 1 inch rice like, moving worms on the blanket while we are all sleeping. I have not seen them in the stool or otherwise. But this is a nightly occurrence. It sounds like tapeworms as both ends are the same they just seem longer than rice. They are slightly longer than a long grain rice. They are white in color. I am very broke is there natural remedies? She whimpers in her sleep almost like having baby nightmares. She calms down with touch, but otherwise, she is very healthy. She does drink quite a bit of water, I am not seeing any other signs. She is a very very small almost toy size chihuahua. I did treat for fleas, including spraying house and I put a monthly hartz product on her to control the fleas that was for 4.5 lbs n up puppies. From what I understand she was severely infected with fleas. Enough that she had scabs when I got her. I waited one week, they said she was 8 weeks, but I suspect she was 7 weeks or younger. I do think she is allergice to fleas as these fleas seem indestructible! I did not leave the medicine on for 15 mins, so I will do that in another week. I am at a loss. I was trying to rescue a little one from a bad situation, and I cannot afford the vet at the moment as my cc was hacked. still waiting for the loss of funds to hopefully be replaced. I also have a 4 year old runt chiweenie. So I am assuming I should treat both? We do have a tractor supply near me, but one not sure how much the meds are that you said she needs, as well as she has not had her shots yet, would you wait till the fleas are under control or go ahead and start both at the same time?

    • April 21, 2015 at 10:20 pm — Reply

      This sounds very much like tapeworms. Any dogs or pets who come into contact with this puppy needs wormed. Due to its young age,I would say it never has received its routine puppy wormings. You will need to worm it with panacur for three consecutive days. Then repeat this in two weeks. and again in two weeks. Do the same for puppies or dogs who have come into contact with it.

      Remember, the fleas have to be controlled as obviously the ones you have carry the infected tapeworm.

  42. March 11, 2015 at 9:06 am — Reply

    One year is not an old dog, in fact ….it is still a puppy. It sounds like roundworms and is very easy to treat. It is over-the-counter meds. Just remember, if you see one, there are many more inside. If you can afford it, go to my website and at the top is my Dog Worms e-book that tells you about the roundworms and how to treat it with vet meds and over the counter. Make sure you keep with it routinely, Craig, as they spread rather quickly.

  43. craig
    March 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm — Reply

    Would also like to add that he doesnt seem to be acting out of the ordinary. Eats drinks plays fine. Was wondering the best approach that would be the cheapest an most effective. I dont mind paying but i am currently unemployed and on assistance. So any help would be greatly appreaciated.

    • March 11, 2015 at 8:59 am — Reply

      At the beginning of any worm phase, there are not a lot of symptoms. When they are sick and show lots of symptoms, the worm infestation is usually in its latter states.

  44. craig
    March 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    Just had a quick question. My dog got sick yesterday first time. Over 1yr and when he got sick i saw one worm in it i put it in a bag. The worm looks like an earthworm but way thinnner. White with light brown hues. Any suggestion on an approach?

  45. Emily
    February 27, 2015 at 7:50 pm — Reply

    ^ to add to that my dog also shows no symptoms of having worms such as weightloss, diarrhea, or change in appetite yet I do not know what else they could be

    • February 28, 2015 at 1:40 am — Reply

      I am wondering if they could be tapeworms….are they moving when you see them; white is when they first come out while the darker coloring is when the segment dies? Tapeworms would not have a lot of symptoms when in early stages. But tapeworms look like rice segments about the size you are seeing. The only two worms you can see outside the dog’s body are tapeworms and roundworms. The others are internal. I would go ahead and worm with Panacur for three days in a row. You can get it at a feed store….we use Panacur for goats for our dogs one cc per four pounds of weight. It is a liquid and easy to disperse; and its better /than OTC meds for dog tapeworms

  46. Emily
    February 27, 2015 at 7:46 pm — Reply

    At night, my dog leaves little circular maybe 1/2 a centimeter long worms in his bed. They are white when they are first seen but if I don’t notice for a few hours they become a deep red and hard. What are they and what do I need to do about it ???

  47. hailz
    January 27, 2015 at 7:27 pm — Reply

    How long does a puppy have… my baby has been sick and slugggish for 2 days with diarrhea and tonight she she start puking thats when I noticed round worms in her stool. She is warm but will the vet treat her right away or do they wait for the stool sample to come back?

    • February 23, 2015 at 8:19 am — Reply

      The results are immediate from a stool sample; they do not need to send it away. Then the vet will treat her right away. If she is warm, she has a fever and should go to the vet immediately.

  48. Alex
    June 2, 2013 at 3:47 am — Reply

    I have a 12 week old puppy and I just notices worms in his stool. They did not look like the tapeworms that my cat once had (these were larger). Do tapeworms looks different in cats and dogs? could this be a different type of worm?

    • February 14, 2015 at 10:03 am — Reply

      Alex ….I am sorry as I have missed this comment. Yes, there are three types of tapeworms in dogs and they do look different.

      Dipylidium Caninum – Dipylidium caninum is the most common tapeworm that infects pets, particularly dogs and cats, as well as the pet owner. The mode of transmission is through inflected fleas, which the animals digest after licking themselves while grooming.

      Taenia Pisiformis – Taenia pisiformis infects dogs less frequently, and uses a rabbit as a vector for transmission. Transmission is easier to prevent with taenia pisiformis, as your dog needs direct contact with an infected rabbit in order to be contaminated. Similar to the transmission of Dipylidium caninum, the transmission of the tapeworm occurs through an infective host, although the host for taenia pisiformis is a rabbit.

      Echinococchus – The Echinococchus species is very similar to taenia pisiformis in transition, but the vector is different. This species can use both small animals, like rodents, or large animals, like deer or sheep, to infect your pet.

  49. Elaine
    April 28, 2013 at 9:09 am — Reply

    Thanks for your response.

  50. April 28, 2013 at 8:26 am — Reply

    I have never heard of an orange worm with pinchers, at least as far as common dog stools. Doug could have swallowed an insect or worm while browsing the grounds. Personally, I would take it to your vet for further examination.

  51. Elaine
    April 28, 2013 at 7:36 am — Reply

    I have a 4 year old Lab. I saw a 1 1/2 inch orange worm with pincher type head in my Doug’s stool. Has anyone heard anything about this type of worm?

  52. melissajd
    April 6, 2013 at 6:16 pm — Reply

    my dog has stopped eating within the last week I feed him a dry food mixed with fresh/frozen billjack I have had to feed him the leftover Easter dinner from last week and he has eaten that just fine but he has been “splattering ” liquid feces on my floor the last few days and he is house broken he had not been having normal bm’s they are realy dark slithers and that is not normal for him he has been digging in my grass and dirt and that is also unusual his behavior has not been different at all aside from last nite he continuously barked thru the nite and he is not a “barker” im concerned that he may have caught something and its gonna start taking a toll on him I know something is wrong just don’t know what it could be and im not really in a position to pay a vet bill he is a 1 yr old pitt bull I have not noticed no visible worms or anything ike that but im certain that something is wrong and a few people have said worms

    • April 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm — Reply

      So far you have fed your dog his dog food, fresh Bill-Jac, frozen Bill-Jac, and whatever you ate on Easter dinner — which may be the problem — as it all was fed a week. If you think your dog has, you can take hi m into a vet to be tested. If he does, a you don’t take him in..he could become very ill.

      But it sounds like he may have severedigestive issues. When a dog is abruptly moved from one food to another, all kinds of things happen in the digestive system, and if rich food from Easter dinner is added … problems will occur. Any dog food should be mixed together a little at a time with new stuff. Half and half for about a week, and so forth. If there is an abrupt change in diet, especially rich food, severe diarrhea will occur. The barking all night could be from cramps, an uncomfortable feeling, or a continuous need to toilet.

  53. Dalilah
    April 3, 2013 at 11:53 am — Reply


    • April 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm — Reply

      Yes, garlic works but crushed unsalted pumpkin seeds works better. It works on the intestines of the dog like roughage or fiber, sloughing off the worms attached to the intestinal wall. Pet stores or feed stores have tapeworm meds for dogs that you do not have to have a vet’s prescription. But the advantage of natural remedies is that it is cheaper, safer for the dogs, and works with ALL worms, whereas the meds work on what the bottle says.

      FYI, If you choose meds, your puppy is still young, so follow the directions. I would follow directions on the bottle of OTC (over the counter) meds and feed the natural food meds.

      Garlic and onions are powerful meds, making the animal less attractive to fleas and parasites, garlic affecting tapeworm the most. Too much is poisonous to the animal but small doses work. For example, too much onion causes anemia, weakness, pale mucous membranes and an increase in respiratory rate. For dogs, give them garlic five days in a row, two days off.

      NOTE: “Dogs tolerate garlic better than cats, and cats tolerate onions better than dogs.”

      Your goal is to kill every phase of the tapeworm: egg, youth and the adult. It is not to just remove the tapeworm segments you see around the rectum. As you know, your puppy has been around fleas, infected fleas, or it would not have tapeworms. As young as it is….it probably came from its mother and siblings.
      How they got it was this. A small segment of the tapeworm has been released from the stool bearing eggs. Those eggs lay dormant in the ground for several months, until they are accidentally eaten by a flea. When the flea is digested by an animal, the eggs gestate into larva which then bore into the intestinal wall and complete their life cycle as an adult intestinal worm.

      Therefore, your first step, which will not cost you anything …. is to remove the dog and your home of fleas. I do not know if your puppy is long-haired or not, but bath her in flea soap, which you can get at a Dollar Store or something similar. Make sure you leave it on for at least 15 minutes or the fleas will not die.

      Wash all bedding in hot water only, twice. Vacuum your mattress and flip your mattress, vacuuming that side also. Vacuum your floors, closets, corners and so forth …. remove the bag from the home, taking it straight out to the trash.

      Once your fleas are under control, contact me and I will send you dewormer that you need to give your puppy for three days, skip one months, repeat again. But only when your fleas are under control or it is a wasted effort. Okay?

      • milla
        May 16, 2016 at 5:36 am — Reply

        My pitbull serenity has blood in her stool and me and my mom and dad are scared. what do you think it is?

        • May 21, 2016 at 4:23 am — Reply

          It could be worms….I would have the vet take a look.

  54. Dalilah
    April 3, 2013 at 7:50 am — Reply


    • April 3, 2013 at 8:55 am — Reply

      Dalilah, tapeworms are not contagious to humans, “if” it is tapeworms. Other dog worms are very contagious. You can tell they are tapeworms when they look like little white moving segments around your puppy’s bottom end. They break off from a larger, more destructive, tapeworm in the puppy’s intestine. He will need to be dewormed from a vet and have a test or the puppy will be in serious trouble.

      Keep in touch if you need any more help. But right now, the vet is your one to contact for the safety of your four-legged friend.

      • April 3, 2013 at 8:58 am — Reply


        I also forgot to tell you that tapeworms come from infected flea eggs. So … put her on some type of flea control. It will not work immediately, but in a day or so. Since you are pregnant and she sleeps with you, I would put her on one of the monthly preventives. Talk to your vet about it.

  55. March 28, 2013 at 1:07 am — Reply

    Crystal, the only worm I know that has a larger head is the whipworm. Unfortunately, the only two worms that we can really see on the outside of the dog are roundworms and tapeworm segments. Whipworms and hookworms are inside the body, and this sounds like a whipworm due to the differences in ends. “The whipworm has a whip-like shape with distinct features including a small, narrow anterior head, which is the digestive part of the worm, and a larger posterior tail, which is the reproductive part of the worm.” If it is whipworm, it is the smallest of the four common dog worms.

    What is odd, is that this worm usually latches onto the junction area of the small and large intestine. It is very seldom seen on the outside of the dog’s body.

    I would have both dogs vet-tested as your poodle has the same type of worm as the new puppy now so you can get them treated right away. “IF” it is whipworm, it can cause some damage. But I really do not think it is due to it being seen….

  56. Crystal
    March 26, 2013 at 6:54 am — Reply

    I rescued about an 8 week old puppy who I noticed has worms. My 7month old poodle had worms three months ago, and I was able to rid him of his tapeworms. However im confused because the worms he had looked like dry white rice. The worms the puppy has are a few centimeters bigger,white with slight pink on the head and wider at the end, is this a tapeworm as well? I did notice my poodle has the same worms as the puppy now.

  57. ashley
    March 20, 2013 at 11:16 am — Reply

    Hi, I have a male dog and a female dog. They are both pitts and neither are fixed. My female has tapeworms and went to the vet for some meds. But my male dog is licking her pee, and sleeps in the same area( which he also wears advantage, and she takes comfortis for fleas. Whats the likliness that my male will catch tapeworms.

    • March 21, 2013 at 10:26 am — Reply

      I would almost guarantee 100% there is some type of exposure. Treat both of them and then repeat when the eggs that are left hatch out into adults two more times. Personally, repeat this every six months as this is a type of worm that is difficult to control.

      The best meds for tapeworm are Droncit, Cestex, Drontal Plus and Vercom Paste. Advantage is a heartworm medicine, controls fleas, and provides low-dosages for hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms — not tapeworms. However, the med will do some damage to the tapworms, just not enough to control them.

      Comfortis, as a flea medication, attacks the nervous system of insects, causing a rapid death of adult fleas, usually found in the surroundings. If it is used monthly, it will kill fleas before they lay their eggs. But, if any fleas remain alive that is contaminated with tapeworms, it will not be effective at removing them before they begin laying eggs.

      Hope this helps,


  58. February 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm — Reply

    For natural preventives, garlic repels tapeworms and roundworms as a toxic .. fresh or powdered, aged extract or a tincture of garlic and cider vinegar.

    Freshly ground up pumpkin seed .. 1/4 tsp per 10 pounds of dog weight … add to dog food. Or, add chopped or ground fresh grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes, or any citrus fruits for five to seven days.

    Keep cool and fresh water all day long, changing it two to three times a day to coax the dog to drink more fluids.

  59. February 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    Several readers are concerned whether people can get tapeworms. No, they cannot on their own. Yes, they can by handling the feces of dogs who have tapeworms and not washing their hands or practicing clean hygiene. Worms themselves are not contagious; it is handling that causes the problems.

  60. Melissa
    February 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm — Reply

    My 5 year old chocolate lab just had a segment of a tapeworm on his rectal area, so I immediately treated it with an OTC product. Also have a 3 year old yellow lab. Dogs are around other neighborhood dogs once in a while. Mine have never had evidence of worms, and do not have fleas, so I am suspecting a neighboring dog may have them. I am a little confused as to whether or not the tapeworms can be spread to humans, or if it is unlikely????????????

  61. Shellie
    February 8, 2013 at 9:35 am — Reply

    My puppy his bout 11 weeks old had small flat pink lookin worm just one in his stool first time ive seen any. He had roundworms bad when i brought him home took him to vet and got dewormer for round worms. Will the vet pill take care of this other worm and what kind of worm is it? Im thinkin tapeworm? idk though.

  62. Bernice
    January 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm — Reply

    Whip worms were mentioned in the comments. What do they look like?

    • February 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm — Reply

      I am sorry I have not answered this question. My internet company was just purchased and my lines have been down.

      A whipworm is about two to three inches long, threadlike with one end thicker than the other. Its appearance comes from the fact it looks like an old-fashioned whip. It lives in the intestines — the last section of the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine. The whipworm lays fewer eggs than any other worm; there are long periods when eggs are not shed. The whipworm is extremely difficult to see, even at the vet office with stool examinations.

      A bloody and mucous stool occurs with acute or chronic diarrhea. The dog will appear to strain more than normal. They can develop anemia, lose weight and look poorly. Treatments are Vercom Paste, Panacur or Drontal Plus. I buy Panacur for goats at feed stores and treatment them that for three days in a row. 1 cc of Panacur for 4.5 pounds. Do not use in dogs under 12 weeks of age.

      There are meds that treat both whipworms and heartworms at the same time — Interceptor and Filaribits Plus.

      The eggs can last up to 5 years in the ground, so clean with bleach in a 1:32 dilution to disinfect.

  63. patty
    January 29, 2013 at 7:45 am — Reply

    my 19 week puppy has little white worms can you tell me what kind they are?

    • Lindsey
      January 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm — Reply

      do they look like little grains of rice? if so they’re tapeworms, and what you’re seeing is a segment of a much larger worm. Take him to the vet immediately, because tape worms can be spread to humans by the bite of a flea and keep flea and tick medicine on him, because it can be very nasty if spread to humans.

    • January 31, 2013 at 7:04 pm — Reply

      Little white worms that you can see are usually flatworms; however, young puppies usually have roundworms. So … I would take your puppy to the vet and have a stool sample of the worms with you.

      • February 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm — Reply

        I meant to say tapeworms, not flatworms. Sorry. My head was elsewhere.

        • Sue
          May 16, 2016 at 5:36 pm — Reply

          Your “mistake” of mentioning flatworms piqued my interest. My new 12 week old puppy’s stool last night had white worms that looked exactly like white planaria, but I’ve not been able to see any reference that mentions such a thing. The worms were not segmented.

          Have you heard of this?

          • May 21, 2016 at 4:22 am

            I have never heard of it, just the commom white segmented worms. Have you had any dealings with the other type?

  64. Lindsey
    January 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm — Reply

    My german shepherd has been vomiting, and within his vomit are little rice looking creatures, how soon does he need to go to the vet, and how dangerous is the worm to his health?

    • February 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm — Reply

      My suggestion to you would be the same as to Patti. Take your dog to the vet with a fecal sample ASAP, as worms that are not controlled can be deadly. If vomit contains the worms, it is in the latter stages – in the digestive system.

  65. January 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    Allie …. my suggestion would be to treat all the dogs for tapeworms. Your mother’s dog either has a flea problem or has been in an area where fleas have been on the ground or on other dogs. Tapeworms come from fleas. Regardles where they came from, it requires the treatment of all your dogs. And yes … that would be expensive, but it is not as harmful to your dogs as worms that cannot be seen (hookworms or whipworms).

    Tapeworms need to be eliminated and also the infected fleas. Praziquantel and albendazole are the medications most often prescribed to treat tapeworm infection. NOTE: If the med has piperidine in it, it will only kill roundworms, not tapeworms. One popular tapeworm medications for dogs is D-Worm, which I have used. The medication is used to kill tapeworms transmitted from fleas and rabbits in one single dose within 24-hours. Most pet stores or feed stores (Tractor Supply or Orscelin’s) carry it. WormXPlus or Droncit are excellent for tapeworms that are over the counter.

  66. Allie
    January 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    What products can I purchase over the counter to deworm my dog? I have 7 shih-tzu’s and have never had an issue with worms. But when my mother passed I got her dog who I noticed has tape worm. Taking ALL of my dogs to the vet all at once is extremely expensive. If I could treat all of them at home that would be wonderful! And if I only notice one dog to have them, should I go ahead and treat all of them or just the one?

    • February 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm — Reply

      Usually feed stores, like Tractor Supply or Orschelins, have pet sections with medical products. They have several over the counter meds that treat tapeworms. But the best tapeworm meds are Droncit, Cestex, Drontal Plus, and Vercom Paste. Since they come from fleas, the med will do no good unless the flea communities are controlled and dogs are prevented from eating dead animals. People can also get tapeworms by handling feces from a dog that has been contaminated.

    • I just saw worms in my dogs stool. They looked like the had claws or hooks. Any ideas. Hookworms maybe?

      • June 24, 2016 at 1:42 pm — Reply

        Yes, and most wormers kill the adult worms only….not the larvae. So, do not use just “any” wormer. The hookworm has hooks that attack to the intestinal walls and feed on the dog’s blood. Eggs will pass out to the dog’s feces, hatching in 2 to 10 days. They will then attack to any live host. attacking other dogs, rodents, earthworms, roaches and birds. Treatment consists of albendazole and mebendazole, to be taken one to three days to treat the dog’s infections. (Interceptorplus, Sentinel, Heartgard Hookworm Chews)

  67. Bernice
    January 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    My miniature chihuahua passed a white worm that looked like a white grain of rice. It looked flat & moved like an inch worm. What kind of worm is this?? How is it treated?

    • January 14, 2016 at 11:59 am — Reply

      Exactly!! me too!! i have a teacup chihuahua named Moghwai had the same thing your chihuahua had and we have been giving him doses of wormer for a couple of weeks

  68. craigy.
    December 6, 2012 at 3:52 am — Reply

    Thanks for a very informative bit of info!!

  69. November 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    Krystle – Cats or dogs or any mammal cannot pass tapeworms directly to another cat or dog. Tapeworms themselves are not contagious. They come directly from a flea that is the carrier. If another animal comes into contact with the flea eggs, it will obtain tapeworms. The eggs have to be ingested by the flea who then passes it on when he lands on a dog or cat and bites them. Most people dose their animals with natural or tradition medicine to prevent it, but a good idea is to go to a vet and get a professional diagnosis, then begin to treat your dog with the best preventive monthly.

  70. Krystle
    November 16, 2012 at 11:45 am — Reply

    I have never dealt with a dog with worms before, but have just noticed our dog has some in her stool. Thank you for your information, it was very helpful! I believe she has tapeworms, my concern is we have two small children and are currently visiting family who also have dogs. Is this type of worm easily transferred to other dogs and can it be transferred to children?

    • Melissa Lenahan
      August 14, 2016 at 12:47 am — Reply

      I just wanted to comment on your name! I have my daughter that name and I also spelled it the way yours is spelled! Very rare to see that name spelled like that!

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