ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Treating Tapeworms In Your Dogs

Updated on May 17, 2013
Tapeworms in dogs and cats dwell inside the intestines and are released in feces. Nine species of Taenia tapeworms exist in North America, and seven of them can rely on dog or cat hosts.
Tapeworms in dogs and cats dwell inside the intestines and are released in feces. Nine species of Taenia tapeworms exist in North America, and seven of them can rely on dog or cat hosts. | Source

We are what I call a "dog family". Besides our 2 border collies, my sons also have dogs - one has 3 pit-bulls and the other a pit-bull boxer? breed puppy. We have had dogs for years and have had the unfortunate experience of our dogs also having tapeworms - and needing treatment for them. Although having tapeworms is a pretty gross thing, tapeworms are actually a fairly common and easily treated parasite in dogs. How to know whether or not your dog has tapeworms?

Well that's pretty gross too but you have to check their poop. That's usually one of the first signs you will see that your dog has worms.

Poll on tapeworms in dogs

Has your dog ever had tapeworms?

See results

Indy the Border Collie puppy

Indy just got treated for a tapeworm infection. She is a 6 month old tri-color smooth coat Border Collie Tapeworm eggs can be found in fleas which then infect dogs if fleas are ingested.
Indy just got treated for a tapeworm infection. She is a 6 month old tri-color smooth coat Border Collie Tapeworm eggs can be found in fleas which then infect dogs if fleas are ingested. | Source

Signs and symptoms of tapeworms in dogs

Tapeworms is just one of the worm parasites that your dog can get. It is probably one of the most common though because it is caused by your dog either ingesting a flea or munching on an animal carcass that has tapeworms in it. In our case, since we live in sunny California, fleas are the way that our dogs contracted tapeworms, as we have an ongoing battle with fleas and a very large backyard to treat.

The symptoms of a dog with tapeworm infestation:

  • Anal itchiness (pruritus at and around the anus)
  • Licking of the anal area and surrounding areas.
  • Scooting with their backside
  • Weight loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Dull and/or dry hair coat
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Irritability
  • Abdominal pain (this is uncommon though)
  • Appearance of small moving worm segments in the dogs feces (when dried these look like grains of rice)

    In our case, the first sign that there was something wrong with our dog was the extreme itchiness he had around his anal area. Because our dog is allergic to just about everything under the sun, I at first mistakenly thought it was because he had got into something with corn it it (he is highly allergic to anything with corn)

    One day while he was outside though and going to the bathroom, I happened to notice something moving in his poop - and after looking closer there were small white segments of worms in it (yuck) Needless to say I was highly grossed out, and after reading up on this I realized that his itchiness had to do with worms, not allergies.

The causes of tapeworms in dogs

The best way to not get tapeworms in your dogs is to keep your surrounding areas totally flea free, but for most of us that is almost impossible if your dog goes outside a lot or goes on trips with you. Although we treat our dogs with Frontline pretty faithfully, apparently a flea surge in our yard this summer caused more fleas than normal (fleas go crazy breeding when it's hot) All it takes is for your dog to swallow one flea that has tapeworm eggs in it and your dog is now at high risk for being a host for the nasty little parasites.

It's also important if you have free roaming dogs to keep them away from eating any rotting animal carcasses, as these can have tapeworm larvae in them too (The thought of my dog eating an animal carcass - just yuck yuck yuck)

Treating your dog for tapeworms

The treatment for tapeworms is pretty easy - you can buy liquid dewormer or give your dogs chewable pills. Since my other son had not had total success with the liquid wormer, my husband and I decided to buy these 12 pack of chewable tablets: Triple Wormer by Durvet. The chewable tablets we got at our local feed supply (you can also order them cheaper on Amazon) We decided to use triple wormer since it covers elimination of not only tapeworms but also hookworms and roundworms.

Our theory was better to treat for all 3 commons worms and eliminate the possibility of any of these parasites in our dogs. You give the dog one or two tablets depending on body weight (make sure you get the right pack for your dogs size) and make sure you read the label for dosing instructions.

Within 24 hours the worms start to come out in the dogs feces and one dose should be enough. If using the liquid wormer, you usually need to re-treat your dogs according to the manufacturers instructions.


Submit a Comment

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Hey Winter what is the name of that? That sounds like something we would like to use.

  • Winter Maclen profile image


    6 years ago from Illinois

    Interesting article. This year summer was really hot and dry in Chicagoland so we changed our four dogs from a topical flea treatment to a chew that treats fleas as well as all types of worms and luckily that covers everything.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)