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My cat has tapeworm

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My cat has tapeworm
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.

Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** and I've been a veterinarian for 15 years. Tapeworms are typically found by owners finding rice like segments on their pet's stool or fur around their rectum. These are typically not a big health issue for the cat or dog. They typically get them from eating a flea that has the intermediate life stage of the tapeworm in them. A single treatment with a product that has praziquantel in it gets rid of the tapeworms in the intestinal tract. The key to prevent re-infestation is good flea control. If more fleas with the intermediate stage are eaten, then the cycle begins again.

Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.

Here is a great link going over all this in great detail.