Tapeworms match their name, and look like long ribbons or pieces of tape. Itchy, unpleasant, and common, keeping your dog & cat free of tapeworms is simple and a great way to keep them healthy and happy.
How Can My Pet Get Tapeworms?
Some species of tapeworm can migrate into muscle and form cysts. Dogs & cats may become infected by eating undercooked or raw meat from infected animals.
Fleas can carry Dipylidium caninum larvae. Dogs & cats can swallow infected fleas when grooming, and become infected themselves. This is a major route of infection with Dipylidium caninum for both dogs & cats in the UK.
From contact with infected pets or ground that has become infected with tapeworms via faeces. This can include sheep and cow faeces which carry Taenia tapeworms.
Types Of Worm That Can Affect Your Pet
Can Tapeworms Affect My Health?
As Dipylidium tapeworms are most commonly transmitted by consuming an infected flea, the risk to human health is quite small as we are much less likely to accidentally eat a flea.