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My dog is losing hair on his back. There is no redness, no

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My dog is losing hair on his back. There is no redness, no sores. Just hair loss. Also, when washing his bed, there were some very tiny white worms. Any idea what might be the problem?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 7 years ago.
Hi there.

these worms are tape worms that are spread by fleas. This particular intestinal worm can only be killed by a wormer that you get from your vet.

This hair loss is most likely die to the flea infestation. Since this has been handled, this hair will return in time. If your guy is still scratching at these areas the hair will not return until this scratching stops. If this is not the case, then your vet will have to run tests to check for other metabolic causes such as a hypothyroid condition or Cushings disease.

Good Luck!!
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

I also have a cat and I know she has fleas, but shows no signs of hair loss. ARe the tape worms "catching" or just spread by the fleas?

Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 7 years ago.
The tapeworms can only be spread by fleas. They are not contagious.
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