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Tapeworms are long, flat worms that attach themselves to your dog or cat’s intestines. A tapeworm body consists of multiple parts, or segments that shed when your pet defecates. Tapeworm infections are usually diagnosed by finding segments—which look like grains of rice or seeds—on the rear end of your pet, in their feces, or where they live and sleep.

Pets become infected with Tapeworm most often from ingesting fleas while grooming. Pet’s may also become infected or continue to reinfect themselves by licking their rears or ingesting feces with the shredded parasite segments present.

Tapeworm infections are best prevented through routine and effective flea control. Tapeworms are zoonotic which means your pet can infect you.

If you think your dog is infected with tapeworms, call for an appointment to get an accurate diagnosis and safe, effective treatment options.