|“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.