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Small tan flecks coming off skin. I see them in my bed, They

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Small tan flecks coming off skin. I see them in my bed
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: They are gooey white then dry tan
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: Look like rice
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Galina Bershteyn replied 9 months ago.

Hello, I can help you if you can please tell me if the rice flakes look like they're coming off the skin like dandruff or if they may be coming from around the anus? Also is your dog itchy?

We may be dealing with a type of parasite like tapeworm

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The dog is itching
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I can send a pic
Expert:  Galina Bershteyn replied 9 months ago.

yes a pic would be helpful, thank you

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Did you get the pics
Expert:  Galina Bershteyn replied 9 months ago.

yes just having a look now

Expert:  Galina Bershteyn replied 9 months ago.

ok I'm suspicious that this is an external parasite called Cheyletiella, does the dog have any skin lesions?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I just found worms around anus. Light in color
Expert:  Galina Bershteyn replied 9 months ago.

Sounds like you'll need to treat for parasites- I would suggest deworming for tapeworm (usually a pill-there are different brands, I usually use Drontal) and using a product like Revolution applied for a total of 3 treatments and thoroughly clean house, his bedding etc. Tapeworms can be transmitted by fleas, so if you have any other pets in the house they will also need to be dewormed and treated preventively for fleas.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
She is a shelter dog. I have two weeks no fleas on her I have not seen fleas. Anything I can get over the counter since vets office is closed
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Are they contagious to humans and my other dog takes trifexis
Expert:  Galina Bershteyn replied 9 months ago.

You'll need a product with praziquantel in it to treat tapeworm specifically. This is the most effective dewormer for tapeworms. I'm in Canada so we don't have any over the counter products here but I think you do have some in the US-just make sure it has praziquantel as the active medicinal ingredient.

Expert:  Galina Bershteyn replied 9 months ago.

Tapeworms need an intermediate host for transmission so the animal needs to eat either a flea, mouse,bird etc that is carrying the tapeworm to be infected. I would deworm the other dog as well just in case but you don't need to worry about human transmission. A good general clean up is usually sufficient.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Are they dead once they come out of the dogs body
Expert:  Galina Bershteyn replied 9 months ago.

The segments are the eggs so they are still alive until they dry out.

Expert:  Galina Bershteyn replied 9 months ago.

Let me know if you have any further questions!

Expert:  Galina Bershteyn replied 8 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Galina Bershteyn