What is the most common kind of tapeworm?
The most common tapeworm of dogs is called Dipylidium caninum. Tapeworm infection is common and is found world-wide. Read on to find out more on homeopathy for tapeworm in dogs!
How did my dog get the Dipylidium tapeworm?
Dog acquire tapeworm by simply swallowing a flea that is infected with tapeworm larvae. The dog may swallow a flea while licking or biting itself. Once the flea is digested, the larval tapeworm is able to mature into an adult tapeworm.
The tapeworms are linked together as small segments, called proglottids or scallobs. Each segment is about the size of a grain of rice. The adult tapeworms can measure 10cm and up to 70cm (4 to 28 inches) in length!
How do you know if the dog is infected?
As dogs are rarely unwell with the tapeworm infection, the first sign is when the dog starts rubbing its butt on the ground with an intense irritation of the anus. You will often observe restlessness, without an obvious cause. As the tapeworm matures inside the intestine, these segments break off and are passed in sections with the stool. They’re similar looking to cucumber seeds (size and colour) and each one is roughly 3-4cm long. At times you can see scallobs sticking on the anus. Tapeworm infection is usually diagnosed when the moving segments are seen crawling around the anus or in a bowel movement.
What kind of problems do tapeworms cause for the dog?
Tapeworms are not usually harmful to your pet. Weight loss may occur if your pet is heavily infected. The main issue is that it’s irritating for your dog, which causes them to “scoot” or drag its butt across the floor or grass. This is mainly because the segments are irritating to the skin around the anal area.
How is tapeworm infection treated?
Without homeopathy the tapeworm can take years to pass on its own, as just a few scallobs will be passed at a time. Luckily with homeopathy, treatment for dogs is very effective. Although, as it is a long-term infection, it can take a while for the worm to be completely expelled.
A remedy made from pomegranate called Granatum, is one of our remedies than can come up for tapeworm. Just note that pomegranate juice does not help this.
Cucurbita Pepo a remedy made from the humble pumpkin seed, is also another great tapeworm remedy.
How can tapeworm infection be prevented?
To reduce the likelihood of infection you should:
- Control fleas on your pet, and in their indoor and outdoor environments.
- Treat your dogs promptly if they have tapeworms.
- Scallobs contain tapeworm eggs; these eggs are released into the environment when it dries out, so …
- Clean up after your pet, especially in playgrounds and public parks. Bag it, and bin it!
Homeopathic Remedies for Tapeworm in Dogs
Cucurbita Pepo: Tapeworm. Pumpkin seed.
Felix Mas: Worm colic, with itching of nose. Violent vomiting and diarrhea. Ineffectual urging to stool. Pappy stools. Constipation.
Granatum: Epistaxis with worms. A vermifuge for the expulsion of tapeworm with salivation, vertigo & nausea.
Sabadilla: Crawling, burning and itching at anus. Nervous twitching from worms, alternate nervous and bodily symptoms. Crawling and itching at anus, alternating with tickling in nose or ears.
Teucrium: Itching of anus, and constant irritation in evening in bed. Nightly restlessness. Irritation and itching of nose and anus suggests worm infection.
We have around 50 remedies for tapeworm, so this is just a snippet of homeopathic remedies that are available. As always, if you are unsure on how to proceed on creating a treatment plan for eradicating tapeworm, we’re just a click away for a consultation.