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Old 02-02-2006, 07:07 AM
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The tapes die soon after they are expelled by the body. The way they get them is from licking and biting when they have a flea on them, or from eating a rodent, the tapes eggs are inside the flea so when the flea is digested the eggs hatch out and the tapeworm anchors itself to the int. lining, you see the segments that have broken off the tapeworm. I think the way it is passed to humans is if you are touching the feces and then touching your mouth, or if the dog has been licking his rear where the tapes are then kissing you on the mouth. I think children and immunosuppressed people are most likely to catch them, then healthy normal adults. But don't quote me on any of this!

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Old 02-02-2006, 11:58 AM
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Actually the dried up looking tape worm segments house hundreds of eggs. If those segments are ingested they can reinfect themselves. They often stick around the hair around the rectum, if the dog washes there he can swallow them and go around with them again.
A lot of dewormers do not get tapes. Drontal and Droncit are what you want to look for or ask about. Tapes burrow their head into the intestine lining so the pieces you see in the stool are just segments that house the eggs for reproduction.
The tapeworm meds paralyze and disolve the worm but it can take several attempts to get at that head. If you don't kill the head, the worm regenerates. I would suggest using Droncit at least 2-3x at 2 week intervals. That is the life cycle of the worm. You kill what is alive now and then in 2 weeks when new eggs are hatching and beginning to grow you do it again. I like to do it a 3rd time for safe measure. Tapes can be tough to get rid of.

Tapes are not generally transmitted to people though it is possible. Kids are more susceptible than adults. Their are human tapeworms but they are different than the canine variety. These worms are fairly species specific. That still doesn't make me feel like having them around though.
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Old 02-02-2006, 01:35 PM
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I bought a 6 month supply of 21-55lbs advantage off eBay for 30 dollars shipped.....I didn't do any research into buying it off eBay..if it's good or bad...but 30 dollars compared to 70 from 1-800-pet-meds was too good a deal to pass up. the seller had 99.8% positive feedback with 800 sales so....we will see. I got it yesterday and am taking it in to my Vet on Saturday to see if it is fake or defective or something...if it is not....I will buy it from her again....
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Old 02-02-2006, 10:22 PM
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Thanks for the sites, I will check them out when I get a chance.

As far as transmitting the tapeworms, my vet and "regular" doctor said it is nearly impossible. I am hoping this is true because puppy loves to lick my face, lay on my pillow, and the works. lol.

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