PetMeds® Tapeworm Treatment in Dogs


“What are those moving little flat or rice like segments near my pets butt?”  This is a question often posed to veterinarians, and these are most commonly due to tapeworms.  Most of the time, pets are not clinically affected by tapeworms and continue to eat and drink normally.  Tapeworms are usually acquired by ingesting fleas at some point in their life, but can be also acquired by ingesting wild animals’ feces.

There are many options for treatment with my favorite being praziquantel, which is the main ingredient in 1800PetMeds tapeworm medicine Dog Worms 3. In addition to treating the tapeworms, it is important to also institute good flea control with products like Frontline Plus or Advantage. Otherwise pets can become easily reinfected if exposed to more fleas.  While it is remotely possible for humans to become infected with tapeworms, I’ve not seen any cases my clinical experience of 20 years.

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  1. I have two dogs and they were both given sentinel flavor tabs by our vet, the female dogs always pooped with white looking worm , like a rice ! Which w e thought is tapeworms even though she taking this mess. What is the best meds to use?

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 26, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Sentinel does not protect against tapeworms. I would treat her with praziquantel or droncit

  3. What is the best maintenance meds after I gave my dog a
    The praziquantel that I bought from you guys! Myfemale dog border collies has tapeworm then i gave this meds, but i want a maintenance meds so I will not see this worm again from her poop, thanks!

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 9, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    You can periodically use praziquantel every few months. Also can consider the heartworm prevention medicine Iverhart max, which has this ingredient in it as part of the monthly heartworm medicine.

  5. My dog was giving Virbantel yesterday morning and then flea clean up (washing, vacuuming, flea spray) of my home was done during the day. Will that 1st dose of the dewormer still kill the worms from fleas that were ingested after he was given the pill? I am still seeing worms today and the vet said they should be dead within 24 hours.

  6. Bought kitten from humane society brought to my vet 6weeks latter test poo and had round worm gave topical pro fender feline small worms came out in 24 hours do I need to give this medication again and when? Thank you Dona

  7. My roommate’s cat has tapeworms. if not watched, her dogs have been known to eat out of the cat box and tapeworms have been seen on one dog (she has 4 dogs). Should I treat my dog for tapeworms even though I’m certain she hasn’t gotten into the catbox, but shares a backyard with the other 4 dogs? (My dog is on Revolution and shows no signs of tapeworms.)

  8. I am at a total loss as to what to do for my puppy. 11 week old male chihuahua Maltese mix. He has had panacur, pyrantel, and praziquantel. Prazi was given 4 days ago, all other meds given before that. He is still infected with what I believe to be tapeworms. There are “sesame seed” proglottids in his bedding, and sometimes in the fur around his anus, as well as in his feces. Nothing seems to be working. What can I do now?

  9. Can I give the Dog Worms3 for tapeworms if my dog is on Trifexis monthly for heartworm prevention?. (Can or should they be taken together)

  10. Both of these meds can be used , however I like to WAIT when giving multiple wormers by about 7 days, which is much gentler on the body.

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