Tapeworm (picture)

- the tapeworm's proglottids which contain eggs, passed in feces (picture)

-white, large enough to be seen with the naked eye, and they may actually crawl around in the feces

-The absence of proglottids in your pet's feces does not mean that you pet is not infected with tapeworms.

- pass eggs in the feces, and these eggs can be seen only with a microscope

-are eaten by fleas or lice, the tapeworm's eggs develop into a larval (metacestode) stage within the flea.(life cycle picture)

- larval tapeworm grows into an adult tapeworm in the dog's or cat's intestine

- Humans are infected in the same way, by ingesting fleas

-Infections in humans are uncommon, humans usually have but a single tapeworm in their small intestine, and there are usually no symptoms of the infection

- The eggs of this tapeworm are not infective

 Types of Tapeworms

-we’ve been dealing with the dog or cucumber tapeworm

- 30 cm in length

-Taenia taeniaeformis is the most common tapeworm found in cats

- 60 cm long

- lives in small intestine

-The posterior segments of the tapeworm produce eggs that accumulate until the segment becomes packed full. These gravid segments detach from the end of the tapeworm and pass in the feces.

-The detached segments are capable of movement and may crawl out of the anus onto the perianal skin.

- The eggs contaminate the food of rats, mice and rabbits.

-The egg must develop further in one of these animals to complete the life cycle of the tapeworm.

- The egg hatches in the intestine of the rodent

- When infected rodents are eaten by cats, the tapeworm larvae is released and develops into an adult tapeworm in the intestine of the cat

- unless you eat cats and mice, you probably won’t get this one

-Broad tapeworm or Diphyllobothrium

-in fish

-Eggs of the broad tapeworm must develop in water for several weeks before becoming Infective.

What they do–

-depression, irritability, an unpredictable appetite, poor coat condition, colic and mild diarrhea. A heavy infestation may cause anemia or weight loss.