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Dog Tapeworms - Welcome to Pet Parenthood

California, United States

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When I first saw Manatee at the shelter, I knew she was the dog for me. Unlike the other dogs, she seemed quiet and shy. When my husband and I took her out for the meet and greet she shivered. She's had a rough life. Her paperwork officially reads "Shar-pei mix" but she's believed to be a Boxer/ Shar-Pei, which has become an increasingly popular pairing in Hawaii. People often confuse her for a Pittbull.       

I'd had Manatee for less than two weeks when I made a horrifying discovery: something was alive in her poop. I thought my dog had been given a full-spectrum dewormer at the Humane Society, but that dewormer was not effective against tapeworms. What I was actually seeing were segments of the tapeworms shedding through her bowel movements to foster the next generation of parasites. Yuck.     

The vet was able to quickly confirm that my dog had tapeworms through a fecal exam. He prescribed Drontal Plus (68 mg) for my large dog. I had to administer 2 pills, wait for a week, and administer a second dose of two pills.     

The pills were not difficult to give to my dog at all, and they seemed to clear the problem up within the week. This treatment was effective, but at nearly $80 for four pills, this is not a treatment I want to have to administer on a regular basis.