Dog Health & CareDog Worms

Removing the Dreaded Tapeworm in Dogs

We have found that fleas and tapeworms go hand-in-hand as they dance down the merry lane to some pretty intensive itching and misery for dogs—unless controlled immediately and routinely by the owner. If you see your dog scooting on their butt across the living room rug with their rear legs stuck straight out in the air, there is a chance they have worms. It stands to reason that the more scooting they are dong, the more it itches with the numbers of worms increasing inside.

Any dogs that live directly on the ground have an excellent chance of having tapeworm-infected fleas on them, which leads to tapeworms inside the dog’s bowels.




Characteristics of the Tapeworm

The rice-looking particles of tapeworm are just small pieces of segments of the entire tapeworm inside the dog, hooked to the intestinal walls with hooks and suckers which hold its head to the gut area. The worm can grow to incredible lengths if left untreated, known to be as long as 26 feet in beef or up to 100 feet in other vertebrates.

A class of parasitic flatworms, the tapeworms live in the digestive tract of all vertebrates, including humans. Referred to as the “Diphylidium caninum” in dogs, fleas and lice are its intermediate hosts when ingesting the eggs, thereby becoming infected themselves. How a human would be able to obtain this type of tapeworm is if they would accidentally swallow an infected flea through their hands.

What is passed through the rectum inside the feces are tapeworm segments about 1/4 of an inch long, able to move independently from the worm’s head inside the animal’s gut. These little moving segments are what causes the dog or other vertebrates to have intense itching in the anal area.

Different Types of Tapeworms in Dogs

In addition to the common tapeworm in dogs, or the “Diphylidium caninum”, there are other types. “Taenia” consists of several tapeworm species in dogs, acquired by eating infected sheep, rabbits or rodents. If  the dog is able to obtain fish-parts, they may obtain the “Diphyllobothrium” tapeworm species from fish organs, which are found in the northern part of the  United States and Canada.

Another type of tapeworm is the “Echinococcus” tapeworm, which is typically uncommon in dogs. The intermediate hosts are not fleas or lice but deer, elk, goats, sheep, cattle, swine, horses…along with a few rodents.

Prevention of Tapeworm

The main prevention that works best is to keep the dogs flea and lice free.  They should also be kept from roaming unattended without owner supervision. Otherwise, they have a tendency to eat dead animals which may have  fleas, lice or rodents that are infected with the tapeworms. Many dogs also eat animal feces, with the same results. Quite a few veterinarians suggest to avoid consuming uncooked raw game and raw meats or giving it to the dogs, which is controversial to the raw food diet many dog owners advocate.

Uncooked Raw Meat and Tapeworms

The “Echinococcus granulosa” infection is obtained from eating contaminated uncooked meat. Dogs get it from feeding on the dead carcass of an infected animal. When handling dog feces from the infected dog, humans can acquire the disease from cleaning up after their dogs without using plastic gloves or disposing properly of the feces, and failing to wash their hands immediately afterwards.

The eggs are then ingested through the human’s mouth, with larvae producing large cysts in the body’s liver, lungs and brain—called “hydatids”. They are known to cause serious illness and even death to people who have obtained the disease. The few cases which are reported are located in the southern, southwestern, and western parts of the United States. Dogs who live in these areas should have their stools checked twice a year for this type of tapeworms.

This particular tapeworm can be identified “ONLY” by removing the worm’s head through very effective deworming of the dog.

Tapeworm Treatments

Commercial Tapeworm Treatments

Some excellent commercial treatments are Droncit, Cestex, and  Drontal Plus Allwormer for common types of tapeworms under veterinary guidance. Most vets suggest worming with an all-round wormer four times a year to twice a year, depending on the dog’s situation and condition.

Over the years, we have used Drontal Plus Allwormer or Happy Jack Tapeworm Tablets:

Drontal Plus for dogs is a good overall wormer as it removes all common canine intestinal worms—such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms. This dewormer product can be used safely on puppies from three weeks of age and 2 lbs in weight.

For tapeworm alone we use Happy Jack’s Tapeworm Tablets with 30 tablets for 300 pounds of dogs, one tablet for 10# dog/2.5 tablets for a 25# dog.

Natural Tapeworm Treatments

There are many natural products available anymore without chemicals or preservatives for tapeworm removal. Once such product is HomeoPet Wrm Clear. HomeoPet Wrm Clear is a 100% natural and fast acting liquid homeopathic product formulated for removal of hook, round and tapeworms. It helps prevent infestations by reducing susceptibility. Wrm Clear is easy to administer by dosing into either water or directly into the mouth. This product has no added chemicals and is a gentle, safer alternative to most wormers.”

Following are reviews for this product, one a so-so by a vet and the other is five stars for a woman’s cat:

Vet  Review:

When it comes to overgrowth of intestinal parasites, however, I have not found combination homeopathic remedies like this effective in most pets. Susceptibility to hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms is an individual issue, and homeopathic remedies are best prescribed on a case by case basis by an experienced veterinary homeopath , based on the unique and total symptom picture of an individual pet. And in those cases a single homeopathic remedy is prescribed to address this chronic weakness.

When combination of remedies are combined in a product like this, most of the time the individuality of the patient is not taken into account, which is why such combination products typically fail when looked at across a large group of pets. While an occasional individual may respond, I have found that most pets don’t, and that simply deworming a pet with a broad acting wormer like Pyrantel or Panacure C is usually safe and more effective. I give this product an overall rating of a 2 with an efficacy a 2, taste a 4. (out of a 1-5 star rating)

Another Review:

My cats seem to get worms once a year as soon as fleas are on the scene…. I have tried many remedies, they won’t eat the pills, in the food, in the mouth, anyway you do it. All other liquid formulas have a smell and/or a taste and they won’t eat that either. This works, and they don’t hesitate to eat their food (I put it on a small amount of wet food). It’s all natural, I don’t worry about what I am giving them, and like I said, it works.

Foods for Tapeworm Control

Things like garlic (fresh or powdered, aged garlic extract or a garlic tincture made of garlic/cider vinegar), cayenne pepper, grapefruit seed, or pumpkin seed are things that tapeworms prefer not to be around.

The garlic removes the layer of protection in the intestinal area, which makes the tapeworms uncomfortable in the prescence of roughage (such as pumpkin or grapefruit seeds which are processed) or other sharp irritants.

An advisable dosage is 1/8 tsp per day per 10-15 pounds of a dog’s weight. Irritants such  diatomaceous earth, grated carrots, greens, sweet potatoes or pumpkin should be used in small quantities at first. Then after about 2 weeks you can increase their amount slightly,  and wait for about two weeks again before readjusting.  This way their digestive tracts will have time to adjust to the new foods.

If adding insoluble fiber to the mixture (such as wheat bran), soak the bran in water before adding it to the mixture, using just a pinch for small dogs and 1/8 tsp per 10 pounds. This is an excellent irritant for worms while also sweeping out the intestines. Feed the bran only for a couple days per month then discontinue, replacing with raw vegetables to do the same purpose.

An excellent food for dogs and cat are figs and papayas, which digest the outer coating of the intestinal worms. They should not be mixed with foods, but giving it separately as a treat so they can work independently in the animal’s body. If feeding dried figs, soak them one hour in water before feeding.


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  1. Teri
    November 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    Are the rice appearing segments dead, from a tapeworm? I never see a flea on my dachshund, but know he ingest things when on the leash, ( he is sneaky, )! He takes pumpkin seed regularly and I was told by vet he was clear but I have seen 3 -4 in stool over 2 weeks. I am terrified of parasites all together, so life is difficult right now! He, on the other hand is happy, full of life, smart as a crackerjack….couldn’t ask for more perfect companion! Just been fighting some parasite since I bought him. He is now 7 months old!

    • November 30, 2017 at 10:19 pm — Reply

      If you see them, they are there. He won’t be bothered by them due to low numbers, which is why your vet is not worried. Keep him flea free, but he does walk out of the home…leash or not. And it is here where fleas lie also. Treat him routinely for fleas and treat him for tapeworms routinely. If you see the rice segments, there are fleas. Just because you cannot see them does not mean free free. 😚

  2. Kimberly
    August 15, 2017 at 1:09 am — Reply

    My 12 week old puppy was crawling on me tonight and right after I noticed an opague looking flat worm on my arm approximately 2-3 inches in length. Upon getting it off my arm it dried up to about half inch in size. My dog tested negative for worms via fecal exam just over a week ago but tested anemic today before her spay surgery, thus causing the surgeryto be delayed. Is it possible for the worms to grow THAT fast? Do you think this is a tapeworm (it did not look segmented but DEFINITELY appeared flat)? Would Interceptor plus be acceptable as the only form of treatment? I just administered her first dose of this yesterday. Thank you in advance for all your help.

  3. Andrea
    March 26, 2017 at 7:41 am — Reply

    My 85 lb doberman looks like he is in the early stages of tapeworm. I would lile to try the pumpkin seed or fig option but not sure how much or how often to give to him.

    • March 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm — Reply

      Give your dog 1/4 tsp per 10 pounds of pumpkin seed (the same dose for the figs), twice a day. Make sure you ground or pulverize the pumpkin seed until it is very fine. Also provide plenty of water. Let me know if this dose not work and we will work on something else. Check with the online magazine Dogs Naturally for other options.

    • Whitney
      April 14, 2017 at 7:14 am — Reply

      I’ve got two chi puppies about 7 months old at first I was unsure if they had worms since they had already been de wormed as pups. I was seeing what looked like strans of rolled cotton like the inside of a pillow maybe. It sort of even looked like they were getting in the bottom trashe’s and getting the tampons in there I know gross! But this was impossible we shut all doors, and so they have been de wormed twice in the last couple months and are on a good flea/ heart worm medicine. So these things that are still coming out in their feces it’s not moving or anything but it’s like I grabbed the stuffing out of a blanket or pillow and put it in my hands and rolled it really fast into a thin piece SERIOUSLY that’s what they look like, like cloth !! I’m starting to wonder if that’s even worms I’ve looked up pics and they look nothing alike PLEASE HELP

      • April 15, 2017 at 1:24 am — Reply

        Can you send me a couple pics to ?

        • Brad
          August 5, 2017 at 3:57 pm — Reply

          My puppy has worms. There 4 to 5 inches long, White and thin. I went to get some dewormer and the store I went to was out. She said she was talking to a guy who was bying some kao-pectate and that he was using it to deworm his dog. Can that be used?

      • April 15, 2017 at 2:15 am — Reply

        Whitney, how long is the strand and is it thin, medium or thick in diameter? I assume it is white in color? If they are not moving, they may be dead due to the wormer medicine you have given them. How long ago were they wormed?

  4. Briana
    February 19, 2017 at 11:35 am — Reply

    My female pitbull is pregnant. Just a few weeks in. A few days ago, we had her inside, and when picking up the used diapers, i noticed something white in her feces. Automatically, coming to the conclusion of tapeworms. Her gums change color constantly. They can be very pink then a pale color within a few hours. I gave her carrots, I even jumped to using Safe Guard. I don’t know what to do and I am all out of money. I need to know which will not harm her puppies and will be effective immediately. Please and thank you. Any tips are greatly appreciated.

    And yes, it sounds like tapeworms. But most pregnant dogs should be wormed at the beginning and about two weeks before they whelp to make sure the worms do not move into the puppies …..especially roundworms.

    • February 20, 2017 at 1:48 am — Reply

      The constantly changing gums is normal in a pregnant dog. Here is a full page of searches on the subject for you to look at ….. read the top ones first.

  5. Heather
    November 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm — Reply

    I was wondering Nancy is it the same for cats? Because we took are cat Mushu too the vet and the lady vet thought he had Tape worms and also round worms just by looking at him but he doesn’t have fleas and neither does his sister Lola! Also they don’t have any worms around there anus butt and also no worms in there poop ever either! I look all the time real good when I clean there litter box all the time taking out there poops! Also my Lola scoots across the carpet on her butt sometimes but that is because she has sometimes a hard time getting the poop off of her and it gets stuck! So we help her with that! Also Mushu never does that! Also they wanted too do tests for him but I can’t afford it right now but I am going too do it as soon as I can! They said you wouldn’t be able too see the worms any way except under a microscope and that also they are inside him! Is this true? They said when I called them yesterday because they can’t do the testes right now they can’t even determine for sure what he has! Also we got him a medicine for him from them and gave it too him mixed with water and he throw it up every where and they said if he did that too stop it right away! Also he was foaming at the mouth too which they said is normal because of the bad taste of it but that was hard for me too believe and I was very worried about that it doesn’t sound normal too me! Also I am going too get him all kinds of natural remedies for cats! Also I had a cat in San Francisco that did have worms we got her from someone and then found out she did and there was rice type things in her poop and also squilly white little worms coming out of her butt and around her anus and also some dead some times too and we treated her for it and then one bigger one dead in her poop! So since I can’t see them in either of are cats now ever worms does that mean they don’t have them? Are you supposed too be able too see all the time or ever? Because I also talked too a friend and she thinks you are supposed too see tape worms all the time and round worms too! Also we never see them on the cats bed or sofa or chair or blankets or carpets either! So if you can get back too me and please let me know I would really appreciate it! Thank you!

    • November 7, 2016 at 1:15 am — Reply

      Heather, the wormer I use for my cats is the same for my dogs . . . Pyrantel. I do it for three days in a row. Dosage is 1 cc per 4.5 pounds. It covers most of the worms. In fact, it is the best wormer there is. Tapeworms look like whitish rice around the rectum, coming from infected fleas through mice, rats, outside kills. As far as roundworms, they are known to occur when the animal is young or carrying litters. Did the vet say why she diagnosed the way she did? It’s odd, especially with both types of worms at once. I would go for Pyrantel, or Nemex 2. Try the goat pyrantel at feed stores, as you do not need a prescription. And it will kill most worms.Scooting across the floor means there are worms. Or they have not cleaned themselves thoroughly, as you said.

      They are wrong about not being able to see tapeworms except through a microscope and only inside. Some other worms … yes. But not roundworms or tapeworms.

      • Heather
        November 7, 2016 at 2:20 pm — Reply

        Thank you so much for getting back too me I really appreciate you and I am so grateful too! Then they do not have either worms! I don’t know why they told me they do! Also prescribe me that medicine too! Also they are indoor cats they never go outside! They are both fixed at a young age and they are both senior cats and never had baby’s! Also they don’t have fleas and I know they don’t have worms for sure! I check there poop all the time and no worms what so ever and also look at the back of the butt no worms and also my blanket they sit on the sofa and chairs and also there cat bed too no worms what so ever! I don’t know why the woman vet told me that too! I am sorry too say but I don’t think she knew what she was talking about! You are very smart and know what you are talking about! Thank you so much! I am just curious are you an animal vet doctor? Also I am using all natural chemical free remedies for them thank you! Take care and have a great day!

        • November 25, 2016 at 10:56 am — Reply

          Remember this, Heather. Just because an animal does not have worms does not mean you should not routinely worm them as a preventive. I would advise getting our book Dog Worms to stay ahead of the information. I am not a veterinarian but have worked professionally with dogs since 1999. Also, because of WayCoolDogs I research all the time and treat our own shelter dogs all the time for worms, stomach ailments, etc. You name it!

          • Heather
            November 25, 2016 at 12:17 pm

            Thanks so much but I don’t have dogs I have to precious and amazing loving sweet cats! I already know this! I treated on of my cats along time ago in S.F. for worm! Also I know a sweet and amazing lady at a natural holistic pet store and she has worked there for many years and researched information for many years too and I am getting rid if they have any worms the natural way without chemicals which hurt them! Thanks again and take care!

  6. sandy
    September 21, 2016 at 8:18 am — Reply

    I saw rice looking things in my 3 dogs poop. (Not moving). I took specimens to the vet for possible tapeworm and they said it was negative but wanted to know if I wanted to treat them ($60 each for the meds). I am confused, is the test for tapeworms that unreliable? I also make their own dog food to add to their kibble which includes brown rice. Is this what I am seeing in their stool or should that be totally dissolved? Should I just go ahead and treat them regardless? Thanks for your help.

    • September 29, 2016 at 9:31 pm — Reply

      I have to tell you that no tests are 100% positive. It may be at the moment, but later on more will hatch out. Also, brown rice does not move, while tapeworms are whitish and do move. However, if you are in doubt….treat them with crushed pumpkin seeds, through your vet, or over the counter meds. Google the pumpkin seeds.

  7. Jane Lane
    July 13, 2016 at 9:01 pm — Reply

    Found 2 puppies in the street the other day and brought them home. Both were very tired acting and had patches of fur missing due to bugs which we are treating them for. Just today as I was watching over them and in the morning one of them went to the bathroom in front of me. Just before I went to pick it up I saw 3 little moving bugs. I am almost certain now that they are tapeworms. Looked at natural remedies online and found that carrot is a good helper, so I chopped one up and gave it to them. Much later when I looked at the stool of one of the puppies I found that so many had come out of his body. They are both happy and energetic pups, just very skinny from living on the street. For how long should I be giving them carrots for? When will I know the tapeworm is gone? And should I be adding garlic to their meals as well? Right now I am not going to a vet because the ones that I live around can be untrustworthy, and it would be hard to get to any reliable one due to me living without a car (also this is unattainable in a store by me, I have already checked and they do not have anything for it). Any answers or commentary is very needed! Thank you!

    • July 21, 2016 at 4:38 pm — Reply

      Jane, carrots are a natural food so you can give it to the puppies until they are old dogs. LOL Another good food is to grind up pumpkin seeds and add a tiny bit (1/4 tsp) into some canned puppy food. You will know the tapeworm is gone when you do not see them. Unfortunately, tapeworms come from infected fleas, so you many need to re-worm with dewormer if you do not use the carrots continuously. Also deflea the puppies and your home and their living areas. Of course, this should be done anyway.

      It sounds to me that the worms may be tapeworms, if they look like rice and are whitish. There are excellent books through the Kindle or online on natural care for dogs and animals. Contact me direct if you need any further help.


  8. Crystal
    April 15, 2016 at 10:32 pm — Reply

    My 11 week old puppy I took to the vet a week ago to get checked he was vomiting and had diarrhea he was checked and had worms so they gave him meds for it and meds to stop the diarrhea he has been fine but then this morning he started vomiting again and now he keeps doing it and he pooped and its green with what looks like tapeworms in it and his stomach is making all kind of noise he won’t eat or drink cause his stomach is upset what do I do ?

    • April 30, 2016 at 9:39 am — Reply

      Well, the green color has nothing to do with tapeworms as far as I know. But I would be worried about not eating or drinking as he will become dehydrated. I WOULD TAKE HIM BACK YO THE VET. Maybe he could be having a reaction to the med or another problem is developing.

  9. Michael Simpson
    January 30, 2016 at 9:17 pm — Reply

    Hi my names Mike I have new puppy and noticed rice like worms in dogs poop and his belly is bloated he just pooped again after I had diced up carrots and gave him rfd liquid dewormer for puppies and there where two longer round worms in his poop with no movement is this normal

    • April 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm — Reply

      I would check out the background on your pup. Was he wormed as he should have been? A bloated belly usually means worms, and if you are worming with the wrong wormer, you may not be destroying the worm he has in him.And some wormers only destroy one type of worm.

  10. Dsrlenr
    December 15, 2015 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    Hi….my 3 month old chihuahua had worms… She had a lot of fleas when we saved her so I’m assuming it’s from that. It started out lil flat rice looking worms on every stool ..about 5-7 at a time. Tapeworms I believe. Took her to vet and got deformed. Still seeing worms even 3-4 weeks later. Then one day she pooped a huge ball of worms connected to her stool. It was gross. It looked like a huge ball of tape worm with lil tape worms on it. It scared me. Took her back the next day and vet gave her a dewormer pill. Since that huge worm stool I have not seen any worms at all. Was that the last of it???

  11. November 24, 2015 at 8:26 am — Reply

    Hi I have a 4lb Yorkie. We found a tapeworm in Zoey stool about 2 months ago we started her on Medicine and although we have not found anymore warms in her stool she does seem to be leaving very small hard yellow tiny rice looking particles where she lays for long periods like her Bed or even our Bed. Today I was somewhat concerned because I was able to pick up approximately 8-10 pieces of them on my bed. They are DRY, very tiny, yellowish and aren’t moving is this a bad thing or does thing mean the 4 oral treatments we gave her for the tapeworms didn’t actually work? Please help.

  12. Hannah
    November 14, 2015 at 9:41 am — Reply

    My dog has tape worms and we took him to the vet for a shot, and the vet also have us couple pills for him. How long should we continue to see the worms after this process?

    • December 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm — Reply

      That would depend on the dog: how many worms are in him, what shape he is in, and so on. Typically it begins in 3 days or so. Do you have blood and mucous in his stools?

  13. Sharon De Blanc
    October 27, 2015 at 11:28 am — Reply

    My foster dog had two tapeworm segments in her stool on Saturday, and another one on Sunday, so I took her to the vet Monday morning. They dosed her with Drontal. How long before I can safely take her to adoption events, as they said she can’t come until she is worm free. She does not have fleas, and received the once a month treatment for fleas and heartworms 3 weeks ago, and will be dosed again in a week. She has not had any worms on the exterior of her anus. I’m watching my three dogs’ stools but haven’t seen any signs of infestation in them. They have never had fleas. I got the foster dog at the city shelter 2 weeks ago Sunday. She was picked up as a stray.

    • April 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm — Reply

      It may take several wormings for tapeworms to leave the body. Most are flea infected but not all, Sharon. I would check out our Dog Worm book at the top of our website and it will explain more to you about tapeworms. Just because you have a vet dose her with Drontal does not mean she is tapeworm free.

  14. July 23, 2015 at 7:50 pm — Reply

    Tapeworms come from infected fleas… outside or on their body. It also requires Praziquantel wormer only.

  15. dl
    February 2, 2015 at 3:50 am — Reply

    I have read through everyone’s questions and answers BUT do not feel carpet question was answered clearly. Help !!!

    • February 21, 2015 at 7:30 am — Reply

      What area are you most concerned about? As far as I am concerned, carpets are a flea’s best buddy, in addition to bedding, couches, rugs and soft furniture … anywhere they can get away from the light. Here is an excellent article that goes into depth regarding controlling fleas. Go over this, and if you have further problems, contact me again.

      Controlling fleas

  16. jenny
    January 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm — Reply

    Hi all I took my 8 week old pup to the vets for his jabs today and she said he has worms I gave him the dwormer tablet about 2.30 and im just wondering how long it usually takes to work?

    • February 21, 2015 at 7:24 am — Reply

      Mine takes about one month, Jenny. What kind of dewormer was it and for what type of worms? And … did she say when to bring your puppy back?

  17. Ivory
    November 10, 2014 at 12:07 am — Reply

    When i see these worms around my dogs anus, should I remove them or should I leave them there? I’m not really sure what to do and I can’t afford a vet visit because I’m still in high school, but I can tell that my puppy is miserable

    • SR
      November 19, 2014 at 12:11 am — Reply

      Your puppy will die a very painful and horrible death from the worms. They will not just go away, they will get worse and worse. You could also spread the worms to yourself or others. You have to get the puppy to a vet (ask a friend, friend’s parent, a relative, teacher… ANYONE) or if you cannot care for the puppy you need to give it to a shelter. Allowing a dog to die painfully is abuse and neglect. If you cannot take the dog to a vet then you cannot own a dog.

  18. Jenn
    June 19, 2014 at 7:38 pm — Reply

    Hi everyone, we have an English Teddy Bear Goldendoodle and have had a horrible year with hookworms and now tapeworms. Vet apps, etc you name it. Please READ THIS!!! Look up “Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth” look for the dosing according to your pets weight. It will KILL ALL WORMS WITHIN 24-72 hours. We are day three of it, giving 1 heaping tablespoon for my 62 lb girl. So far SO GREAT!!!!!! You won’t believe the amount of tapeworms that are coming out in her stool. Some are still alive, but most are dead. It’s grose, I know. But I can’t believe this stuff is so inexpensive! We bought a 5lb bag for $30 on Amazon compared to the Drontal at the vet for $125. This stuff is natural! Read the ingredients, crushed shells, etc……when given with the dogs food, it cuts up the worms body, therefore killing it. But it’s so great because it kills other parasites! We LOVE DE!!!!!!! Please, save yourselves vet bills and go order today, you will be so happy. When you read all about DE, you ask yourself, why did I jus pt spend all that money at the vet!!! FYI,,,,, you need to give DE at least for 30 days continuously. If you stop, your pet can build up toxins and get very sick, so remember 30 days or more!

  19. Shelly
    May 23, 2013 at 9:12 am — Reply

    I believe my dog has tapeworms….ive noticed 2 little flat white things crawling in his stool. This morning was the first time i noticed it! He’s 8 weeks old , was wormed when we got him at 4 weeks. I’m no sure what to do. They arent on the outside of his rectum , but only in his poop this morning. He’s been drinking alot of water lately, and when i put his food out he’ll only take a couple bites at first then he sometimes eats the rest Idk if it matters but he’s a chihuahua/dashaund(sp) mix. A chiweenie lol I just want him to be ok! He’s still very hyper , kind of aggressive but in a playful way most of the time. Does that have anything to do with it? Will he be ok? I do plan on worming him again this afternoon until i can get to a vet.

    • May 25, 2013 at 11:39 am — Reply

      Shelly …. puppies require wormings at 4, 6, 8 , 10 and 12 weeks of age. If you puppy only received one worming at four weeks, he probably does have a massive case of worms. Please take him to the vet and have him checked out and wormed as he is supposed to be. The breeder obviously was either not knowledgeable or a puppy mill breeder. Worms kill puppies who are not wormed properly.

  20. Tracey
    March 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm — Reply

    Thanks Terry for the DE info, we’ve used it before..appreciate the website info

  21. Tracey
    March 20, 2013 at 9:49 am — Reply

    We just brought a new foster in 3 days ago. He is being separated from our pack unless supervised. Just noticed today worms..looks like tape worm. Never dealt with worms even with our aged pack of four. Sent stool to vet and appt tomorrow. He is defensive and will act violently to a bath and brushing..let alone a vet exam. This is not going to be fun..not the way I wanted to start training. Poor guy

  22. nattiefattie
    February 11, 2013 at 11:13 am — Reply

    So, how do I go about treating my house to rid it of invisible eggs best? I remember in my parasitology classes its alot of work…I’ve got one I know is (suspected tapeworm)positive so all four of my critters off to vet TODAY!!! Just spread borax all over…I’m particularly worried about my kids as the dogs sleep with them…thankfully not allowed in my room/bed or on furniture tho I see the tell tail (hehe) signs of sneaking onto the couches! HELP! :)nattie

    • February 18, 2013 at 8:36 am — Reply

      Nattie …. if you are pretty sure you have tapeworms, then the best thing to do is bomb your house for fleas and worm your dogs monthly or as your vet suggests. To remove the home from parasite eggs and fleas, wash your dog’s bedding, stuffed toys, dog beds, and so forth in super hot water with Clorox. I would wash them twice. If they sleep with the children, wash the kid’s bedding and vacuum the mattress, flipping it over and leaving the old side down. Make sure you tell your vet that your dog sleeps with the children and inform your family doctor of the situation.

      Before vacuuming, sprinkle the area with one part borax to one part sea salt and allow to sit for fifteen minutes before vacuuming. If your dog sleeps on the couch or chairs, vacuum them thoroughly also. When you are done vacuuming, remove the bag or container and empty it outside immediately.

  23. September 4, 2012 at 7:43 am — Reply

    have a 3 mo. old pom and been treating him for tapeworm. this am he had a foot length of dead worm hanging from him..he is now very lathargic acting and i am waiting for a call back from our vet..Is there anything else I can do for him..I am so worried I may loose him..

    • September 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm — Reply

      You need to take him into the vet, Deanna. Depending on the type of worm, he may need several routine wormings and also some antibiotics.


  24. Terry
    August 7, 2012 at 10:48 am — Reply

    I meant too much information.Sorry I don’t know how you recall what you write to correct errors..Appreciate your website for helping those who have pets..:)

    • August 7, 2012 at 10:53 am — Reply


      Thank you for the excellent advice! I am sure it will help many readers, including myself. 🙂

  25. Terry
    August 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm — Reply

    I have not had issues with tape worm before.Then we relocated to where fleas are abundant.My pekinese ate an infested flea and contracted tape worms.I noticed the little pieces near his rectum and on the lowest part of his spine around base of his tail.I had permaguard food grade diatomacious earth ( shell flour)i began putting it in his food he weighs 12 lbs and I started him out with 1 tsp worked him up to 2 tsp a day in his breakfast( wet) I wash our l beds linens and their bed linens every day for the first week.Covered everything they sit on( treating all pets in the house) with spare sheets then wash them every other day after the first week.Bathed all pets and applied DE on the outside of them as well for the first week.Now I’m just bathing just the infected dog(soapless dog shampoo )with oatmeal 2-3 times a week.his hair is getting less brittle and I’m seeing much less tapeworms pieces on his back side And none in his stools the blood in stools Became less and less and stopped after one week.Now stools are normal and I’m changing covers every 3 or 4 days and have just kept their beds up till the tiny almost microscopic tape worm pieces are no longer visible.i use a magnify glass to inspect the feces and the tape worm pieces.You must stay on top of this tapeworm project as it makes your dogs health Slowly deteriorate.I also give them probiotics to help the intestines and colon.We do not have carpet otherwise that would have been much more work.note do not get the DE in yours or their eyes as it dries them out.Do not breath it in.It is not harmful,all natural.go to,Diatomaceuos Earth and it is a great resource website for dosage and weights… not give them just any needs to be the pure permaguard food grade DE shell flower.I paid 60 cents a lb for it.My husband and I take it every day to keep ourselves clean from worms and parasites.

    • August 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm — Reply

      Terry….thank you very much for the detailed advice. It will help our readers very much with this annoying subject. By the way, you said you used oatmeal for bathing. Is that our one minute oatmeal, instant or what?

      • Terry
        August 7, 2012 at 10:43 am — Reply

        The oatmeal I use depends on what I have around.Usually if you purchase a dog shampoo that has oatmeal in it ,it will be “soap free” which helps when dealing with sensitive skin or skin issues associated with tapeworm and others.You can bathe your dog with tee tree soap,home made pepppermint( all bugs despise peppermint soap) then when you think you have the shampoo rinsed out rinse another ten minutes to be sure.Aveeno or any colloidal oatmeal soothes the itch.You can add it to dog shampoo or make a rinse or soak.I like to leave the shampoo on for 8 minutes as it helps to kill fleas etc on the pet..If the itch is bad Or dealing with allergic skin issues (unless they have bad sores)mix 1/3 appl cider vinegar and 2/3 water into a gallon jug and rinse slowly at the end of the bath and rinse and it brings their skin ph back to balance and relieves the itching a lot.If you don’t have a good place to soak a small pet,I put a rubbermaid square tub in the bathtub just big enough for them to turn around in that way I don’t waste the soak solution in too much water.A 14 gallon container handles a 12-15 lb dog quite well?Btw for those of you choosing to use the Diatomacious Earth for cleaning out tapeworms ,you must not miss a dose for at least 30 days so as to kill the worms and larvae..DE does not kill the unhatched eggs of which there are hundreds.You have to administer the DE long enough to kill all the life cycle stages down to the last hatched egg.I personally would do it for 90 days minimum.I myself choose to use it once daily to keep away most all worm and parasites.Again is a great resource for deworming pets and prevention there of.I am also using a Elizabethan collar to keep the one with tapeworm from re ingesting the tapeworm segments whether live or dead.Hope this is not too much.

  26. danny
    July 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm — Reply

    i have a 10wk old puppy brought to the vet got shots and dewormer cause she has tapeworms its be over three weeks it doesnt look like they are going away at all they gave her the dwormer and gave me one to give her 2 weeks later i called three times and they said give it time i think im going to pets mart to get dewormer myself!!! or what should i do PLZZZZZZ HELP i feel bad cause shes locked up all the time i have three toddlers dont want them to catch them

    • July 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm — Reply

      I am assuming the shots were traditional puppy shots? Tapeworms can only by vet dewormer or 3-days of panacur (the dosage depends on the weight of the puppy). If you have already given her a wormer medicine for tapeworms from the vet, it would be harmful to take her to PetsMart to worm her again….she could die unless you take the vet copy of her shots to PetsMart. Do not keep her locked up all the time as the worms in her feces will attach to her feet, get in her water or food, and the tapeworms will continue to remain in her system, preventing her from getting better. Take her outside to toilet and pick it up with a paper towel. If she toilets in the house, as she is a baby, pick it up in the same way and disinfect the area.

      • danny
        July 17, 2012 at 2:10 am — Reply

        yes traditional puppy shots…she doesnt go in her kennel she waits till i take her out to potty and beleive me i dont wanna keep her locked up but i have no choice so i went to pets mart today and bought -Worm Combo Broad Spectrum Puppy and gave her half of a tablet i do clean her kennel daily and her food and water isnt in her kennel so i got the deowrmer flea meds which she doesnt have fleas and some cleaner for inside and outside to kill worms and fleas so i pray to god this works so my lil bentleigh can sleep with me thanks

  27. […] parasites may consist of roundworms, heartworms, tapeworms, whipworms, or hookworms. Any one of these parasites requires a living host for their survival, […]

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  29. March 14, 2010 at 9:14 am — Reply

    Hey Nancy,
    By the way, my wife of 30 years is named Nancy. I refer to her as Nan, so you have a great name!!!! Sparkey has never been on much of anything actually, other than what he had to have when he was neutered. Thanks for the heads up on the article about Supraglan. I will look more into it once we know for sure that is what we are actually dealing with. After Nan and I talked about it, we realized that he only has a couple of the symptoms listed. The thirstiness and urinating, and these symptoms are not new to him. He has always been that way. We will know soon enough though. I promise to keep you informed. By the way, I signed up for your newsletter. I’m looking forward to it. Keep up the good work….

  30. March 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm — Reply

    We made our trip to the Vet. this morning and it WAS a trip. Buddy was awful; however, we managed to get everything done. Sparkey did have tapeworms and she treated him for that. I know he’s going to feel better very soon. While we were there, our Vet noticed that Sparkey is somewhat pot bellied and asked us some questions. The Dr. wants to test him for a disease called Hyperackenocorticism, better known as Cushing’s disease. She said that it is common in Shiatsus. Go Figure!!!!!!! We will be taking him back next week to be tested and probably treated for it. Wish us luck. Thanks again.

    • March 13, 2010 at 5:45 pm — Reply

      Rick….we just did an article on Cushing’s Disease in dogs. What a coincidence! Has Sparkey ever been on the hormone Prednisone? You may want to check up on the article, as it does refer to a natural supplement many people are using called Supraglan. Glad your two buddies are doing better and part of your battle is over!!!

      Supraglan–A Cure for Cushing’s Disease in Dogs?

  31. March 13, 2010 at 10:32 am — Reply

    Most dogs who are on the ground have a pretty good chance of getting worms because of a “cat flea” which uses both cats and dogs as a host, who has moved into the neighborhood. Tapeworms do not go from dog to dog, even though all dogs in the household should be treated. This is because if one dog has the cat flea from the ground area, the other one will. The best bet is to routinely treat the dog throughout the year with Frontline, Advantage or Advantix in spring, summer and even early fall– as well as have stool sample checked yearly by the Vet to look for newly arriving tapeworm eggs.

    Best of luck,

  32. March 13, 2010 at 6:55 am — Reply

    Thank you so much for your advice, and spelling Chihuahua for me. HA!!! I did go out and buy some tapeworm medication that day and immediately began treating my Shiatsus, Sparkey; however, it was unsuccessful in controlling them. My wife will be taking him and Buddy, the Chihuahua, to the Veterinarian today. We will also be ridding the house of them. We have a busy day ahead of us.
    I have one more question for you. We have had Sparkey for 13, almost 14 years, and have never had any problems before. Can you explain what may have brought this on now? We were wondering if it had anything to do with Buddy, who is only 8 months old? Thank you again and I will be looking for you on the Web.

  33. kiely
    March 13, 2010 at 1:06 am — Reply

    My 2 month old husky has tapeworms and i need to knoe how much money it would cost to get her de-wormed!It was only today that i found a worm in its feces,and im very worried for my 2 little pomeranians if they will get it!

    • March 13, 2010 at 3:51 am — Reply

      It costs the price of a visit and to buy the tapeworm medicine. The vet appointment is necessary as you want to make sure what type of worm it is, as it can be several. PetSmart and such places have vets there or call a nearby vet. The tapeworm med is not too high….but you will need to treat all dogs in the household, retreating in about three weeks again when the eggs hatch out.

  34. March 1, 2010 at 8:42 am — Reply

    Oh yeah, I had one more question, is it necessary for me to treat my carpets, the dogs bedding or our beds?


  35. March 1, 2010 at 8:38 am — Reply

    I noticed the tapeworms in my Shiatsus’ stool and around his rear recently. I plan to go buy some treatment medication today; however, I am worried because we also have a small dog that is about 7 months old. For the life of me, I cannot spell his breed and Mic. Word can’t pick up on it, but he is a “small, ankle biting, hyperactive little Mexican dog”. That should tell you what he is!!! Is he already infected or should I treat him anyway even if I don’t see any signs yet?


    • March 1, 2010 at 10:40 am — Reply


      I think you are referring to the little Chihuahua? 🙂 And yes, all dogs who live together should be treated, in addition thoroughly cleaning the bedding and carpeting. Remember to follow up as the directions say, as the worms will rehatch again and again until under control.


      • Tina
        September 6, 2010 at 11:50 pm — Reply

        Hello. I have been searching on-line about worms and found here. I have been finding thin rice like things around one of my dog’s butt and back legs. The ones I found before were dried, so I took it and through away, but the one that fell off today was moving, and I thought they are worms. I thought it could be any worms: hookworms, roundworms, whipworms etc. However from what I read here, I started wonder if they are tapewarms. I am hoping to take her to a vet, and my other dog hopefully tomorrow. I think vet can help about the dogs. What can I do for the room(one with the worm and other dog is inside dog)?I could I clean carpets, lugs and things in the room to kill them and prevent them? Do I have to go to doctor to get checked too? I will be flying overseas in half years or a year with dogs, so I would not want to take risk to wait to get worms to get worse and found later. Thank you so much.

        • September 7, 2010 at 12:04 am — Reply

          Tina….take your dogs to the vet and have them placed on a routine worming schedule until you leave for overseas. This is not a major worm but extremely annoying. The hookworms are so much worse. As far as yourself, just call your doctor and see what they say. I do know there is over the counter wormer for people, but check with your doctor first. He may want to do a fecal sample. And then again, he may not. Good luck.

          • Tina
            September 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

            Thank you, Nancy. I took dogs to a vet next morning.

          • September 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm

            Let me know, Tina, how they are doing. Okay? Wish you luck.

  36. Graciel Phillips
    September 12, 2009 at 11:17 pm — Reply

    my 20lbs beagle has tapeworms, it looks like a big infestation, I had found the dried worms everywhere in my house and they still keep on coming from his rear!!!
    since the humane society was closed on saturday, my husband bought VERMOX100mg, it cames 6 pills on it..I gave half the pill to my it safe to give him this human medication for thiese worms?? Now I am very worry..Please advice if I should continue giving him the rest of the pills, and if I do..should i give him the the rest of the pills? like I said, in the box comes 6 pills of 100mg., I was planning in giving him half a pill everyday, since it doesnt indicate in the box about the dosage .
    Please help me..
    Thank you.
    Graciel Phillips.

    • September 13, 2009 at 9:50 am — Reply

      I would not give him the rest of the pills until advised from a vet as it is not a dog medicine. You should be able to take him to the vet and have him tested for tapeworms first. DO NOT give him the remainder of the pills. On dog tapeworm medication, typically one pill is prescribed for every ten pounds, which is give only once a month to once every three months depending on the amount of infestation. You really need to take him into the vet to see if this human medication has done him any damage.

  37. September 8, 2009 at 7:28 am — Reply

    The first symptom a pet owner will have is to be able to see the dried sections of tapeworm around the dogs anus with some moving around the area. They resemble rice grains or tiny little maggots.

    Another big sign is having the dog scoot around on their rear end due to the irritation. Once a dog toilets, you will be able to see the tiny segments of worm in their feces. If you see them, you can take the feces to the vet for testing under the microscope for a definite diagnosis. You know if you see them around the anal area they are loaded inside.

  38. September 7, 2009 at 11:57 pm — Reply

    May I know what are the symptoms if my dog has a Dreaded Tapeworm? I’m just worried about my pet’s attitude these past few days. please email me back.

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