How to Get Rid of Tapeworm
Tapeworms are a Common Intestinal parasite that can cause serious health problems to your Pets. Let’s talk about the cause, symptoms and prevention of tapeworm in cats and dogs.
For a Pet owner, there is nothing worse than watching a pet get sick.
So it is necessary to have the right information about this common parasitic disease to avoid further problems.
What is tapeworm in cats!!
Tapeworms are intestinal parasites that affect the cat’s health. This is the common parasitic infection found in both indoor and outdoor cats.
What is the most common kind of tapeworm cats get!
As we know that there are several types of tapeworm but the most common tapeworm is Dipylidium caninum, which cats get infected with. This type of infection is most common and found throughout the world.
How would you know your cat has a tapeworm infection?
(Symptoms of tapeworms in cat)
Well, there are some ways from which you can identify the presence of tapeworm in your cat.
As we already know that tapeworm grows and the pieces of worm’s break into the segment and passes into the cats intestine. You may see dried, cream or white coloured segments of the tapeworm in your cat’s faeces or you may find them sticking to the fur under their tail.
Some tapeworm species are too small to see. In this case, if you have a suspicion of it, you may watch the behaviour change in your cat. Cats may be seen licking their anus orbiting it. They may drag their hindquarters across the floor. Always keep in mind that tapeworm infection is often asymptomatic and it is also believed that cats may lose weight.
Vomiting is also a sign of tapeworm infection. If tapeworm travels into the cat’s stomach and causes vomiting, it comes up as large moving segments.
If you identified the tapeworm infection in the cat, take it to the Vet for evaluation. Its faecal sample can be used to diagnose infection ie parasitic infection.
How did my cat got tapeworm?
Well, this is the most frequent question asked by cat owners. The people think that they are taking good care of their pet but how they got this problem. Well here is the answer, the trip requires an intermediate host before developing into an adult so when a cat ingests the host ie fleas, they get the infection.
Well, another question that remains unanswered that how a cat gets an infection by eating fleas!
The fleas ingest the tapeworm eggs before jumping on a cat and when they eat infected fleas, they became infected too. The egg of tapeworm also hatched in the intestine of the cat after digestion.
Tapeworms in cats cause their host to exhibit a few symptoms. As their segments break off and travel out of the body, you may notice them in your cat’s stool. These segments may even be moving around on the surface of the feces. If the worms travel from the intestines to the stomach, your cat will likely experience episodes of vomiting.
How to get rid of Tapeworms in cats and dogs
It is said that prevention is better than cure, So we will talk about prevention first and treatment afterwards.
Flea and tick medication is the best way to protect your cat or dog from tapeworm infection. Ask your veterinarian which flea and tick prevention products are safe for your cat.
A healthy environment is necessary for Cat to prevent recurring infections.
Since cats are sniffy groomers, we may not see the host (fleas) that they are ingesting or identify they are contracting tapeworms until there is an infestation, so Keeping their environment clean is the best way to prevent them from tapeworm infection.
These parasites are dealt with using deworming medication. If you wish, your veterinarian can give the medication to your cat by injection. You can also give your cat his medication at home if you want. You won’t need to give your cat injections as the medication is also available in tablet form.
Now we will talk about some treatments for tapeworms in cats:
Several medications are used in eliminating the parasites. Some of them are praziquantel and Epsiprantel, which is used to treat Pyridium (the most common parasites which cause tapeworm infection).
Fleas treatment is also necessary to prevent further infection in cats.
If infection became severe, Vet might also have to treat some other problems like a blockage in the intestines. This treatment requires some more medication and tests to resolve.
The first instance when people detected the presence of Tapeworm is usually on their pets. Many anti-flea products are available in the market for flea treatment on pets. These include flea combs, shampoos, sprays, topical spot-on and oral medications. Choose one that is suitable for your pet and when in doubt, always consult your vet for a recommendation.
Is there any home remedies to get rid of tapeworms in a pet!
Here you may have a little sadness as there are no home remedies for tapeworms in cats.
You can see some of them on google or youtube but to be very honest they Will not work. Deworming is the only prevention and proper medication will help to get rid of tapeworm.
Whether your cat has tapeworm infection or you want to avoid your pet getting them, the best way is to give your cat flea and tick medication recommended by your veterinarian.
Some FAQ about Tapeworm in cats
Here are some most searched queries on tapeworms in cats with their respective answers.
1) Is tapeworm infection in cats curable?
– of course Yes, Tapeworm infection is completely curable with proper medications and well treatment.
Medicines which are mentioned above, eliminate the parasite from the cat’s intestinal tract. And there are also some preventive measures to protect them from reinfection.
2) Can cat’s Tapeworms infect humans too?
( Is tapeworm Contagious for humans or other animals)
– There is no previous record of this but it is believed that certain tapeworms may be contagious for humans and other animals. If any infant swallows an infected flea in their house with tapeworm infestation, they might face some intestinal problems like vomiting.
Here, Prevention is a better choice, keep the environment of infants cleaner in respect of adult humans.
3) What is the cost of treating parasitic infections in cats?
– It is Not so expensive if the problem is identified on time. If you want to know the exact cost of tapeworm treatment, You have to talk to the vet or you have to visit the vet’s clinic.
Well, the cost also depends on the additional treatment like if the cat is diagnosed with some intestinal blockage, the cost will increase.
4) Is there any vaccine for tapeworm infection?
No, there is no vaccine for tapeworms. As you know that vaccines are only available for viral infection, and this is not a viral disease, it’s a parasitic infection.
Well, We hope that you have got the information that you are reading this article.
- Tapeworm in cats is the most common parasitic infection.
- It causes diarrhoea and vomiting.
- Tapeworm infection is completely curable with proper medication and following some safety measures.
- Regular veterinary visit decreases the chance of getting tapeworm infection in cats.
The best way how to get rid of tapeworms is to prevent them from reaching your pet’s belly?
How do you do this? The answer is simply not “boarding” your pet. Leaving your pets under the care of pet boarding establishments may be convenient for you, but in reality, it’s impossible for these people to check the animals for fleas (or other infestations) before your pet mingles with another dog or cat.
If you have no other choice but to board your pet, make sure to leave clear instruction that your pet must not be allowed to be in contact with other pets. This prevents your “flea-free” pet from the ingestion of infected fleas.
Do not panic, it is quick to recover. Make cleanliness around. Stay safe, Stay healthy and contributed to building a healthy society.