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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I'm not sure if my 10 year old dog has worms. I see very thin

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I'm not sure if my 10 year old dog has worms. I see very thin beige rice noodles that are approcimately 1/2" long in his stool. They are not moving.. He is constantly itching and he is loosing his fur.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
When the word "rice" is used in conjunction with worms in the stool, the flea tapeworm Dipylidium is most often found. The rice are actually segments of this flat worm that have dried up. This would be consistent with his itching and hair loss which is often caused by a flea saliva allergy - a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to the saliva of the flea. In this case, you don't need a vet's attention for Bandit. Tapeworms can be addressed with an over the counter product containing praziquantel available in many pet/feed stores. Please see here: An over the counter flea topical spot-on such as Advantage or a fipronil-containing product such as Frontline should be helpful in killing fleas that contain the larval tapeworm that he has been swallowing.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't see any fleas on Bandit. He had Advantage topical applied on him 2 weeks ago.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. It takes 3 weeks between the time he ingests just one flea for him to develop adult tapeworms in his GI tract. Please continue our conversation if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Priscilla,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Bandit. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin