|One of most common presenting worms in feline medicine is when feline guardians report to their veterinarians that they are seeing small flat rice like segments around the anal opening or under the tail. These worms are in most cases called tapeworms. While tapeworms don’t usually cause a lot of severe clinical diseases in cats, large numbers can cause anal irritation/scooting, as well as being just unsightly for animal guardians.|
Tapeworms are usually transmitted when a cat has groomed itself and ingested a flea, which is the most common way that tapeworms are transmitted. On occasion, animals may also get tapeworms from ingesting wildlife stool such as rabbit feces. With diligent flea control with products like Advantage or Frontline Plus, animal guardians can go a long way towards preventing these unsightly parasites. 1800PetMeds has a wonderful over the counter product that can be used in treating tapeworms called Tape Worm Tabs. The main ingredient most effective is called praziquantel. While one dose is usually all that is needed, I will sometimes repeat a dose in 3-4 weeks just to make sure the tapeworms are gone.