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Tapeworms In Dogs

Tapeworms dwell in the small intestine of dogs. The most common type of tapeworm that affect dogs is Dipylidium caninum (also called flea tapeworm, cucumber seed tapeworm, double-pored tapeworm, or common dog tapeworm). The body of the tapeworm is made up of segments that form continuously from the parasite’s neck. A unique future of each segment is the presence of its own reproductive organs. When a segment matures, it breaks off from the body. The mature segment contains the infective eggs of the parasite. You may have noticed these grain-like segments around a dog’s anal region. In dogs, tapeworms have been shown to grow up to a length of 20 cm. The worm’s flat head has a mouth that contains hooks that enable it to attach to the intestinal walls. The parasite absorb nutrients from the gastrointestinal tract of their host through their skin because they have no digestive system. Thus, a heavy tapeworm infestation can compete with the nutrient intake of the host. Without prompt intervention the host animal can suffer from malnutrition and may not thrive. 

Talk to your animal hospital Lafayette, LA about the best way to protect your pet from tapeworms and other intestinal parasites.

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