Few dog owners consider the fact that tapeworms are very common. Unfortunately, they are a very common parasite, and it is not unlikely for your beloved pet to acquire them.
Dogs usually get them by eating fleas that were infested with a worm – meaning flea protection is an important preventative measure!
If you are worried your dog has a tapeworm (or many) you should look for symptoms such as segments of worm in your dog’s feces or your dog losing weight even though his diet and food consumption has not changed.
It used to be that the only way to confirm 100% that your dog had worms was to take a sample of the feces to your veterinarian to be tested. It also used to take a prescription to get rid of tapeworms – however, due to their common nature, there are more options available now.
Perfect Pet Products Fecal Worm Test at Home
This test has truly revolutionized the ability to test for tapeworms. This product is great for anyone who has multiple dogs, cannot afford the vet bill or simply love to save money. This is the first product of its kind and has some seriously great talk going on.
All you have to do is collect a sample of your dog’s fecal matter inside two zip-lock bags. Then label the bag with your name, your pets name, the date and the serial number (which is found on the barcode).
Then you simply put it in the mail and it will be shipped off to a lab where it will be tested properly for tapeworms. You should receive the results within a few days of sending out the sample and from there you will be able to make a treatment decision.
You can purchase multiple tests and send in multiple samples at once – however, you need a serial number for each individual sample you want to be tested.
You also need to be sure to print the information clearly, including contact information – otherwise, there will likely be a delay in getting the results. Other than that this is a cost-effective and simple solution and you don’t even have to go to the vet!
8-in-1 Safe-Guard 4 Canine Dewormer
This is a great dewormer option that will fit into just about any budget. It is given once daily over three days and it is already divided up into individual doses. This dewormer is effective against tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
One of the best things is that this medication is FDA approved for use in dogs – meaning it has proven over and over to be safe for dogs of all breeds and sizes. As long as you order the right product for your dog’s weight you will easily be able to administer the proper dose.
As far as it being easy to give to a dog it is a powder that you will need to mix into your dog’s food. Some dogs will happily gobble down their food no questions asked – other dogs are likely to give the bowl a sniff and disregard it all together.
If you know you have a picky eater then you may want to look for a different type of treatment (maybe something that comes as a delicious, flavored chewable). On the other hand, if your dog will eat just about anything you should not have much of a problem with this.
In the end, this is a highly effective medication that has worked for many dogs who did not respond well to other treatments. It can be used on pups six weeks and older too, which is great if you brought home a new pup with worms.
Sentry HC WormX Plus Flavored De-Wormer Chewables for Dogs
If you looked at the last dewormer and thought there was no way you would ever get your dog to eat food with medicine mixed in you’re not alone! So an alternative for those with picky eaters is the Sentry HC WormX Plus.
These are flavored tablets, which makes them seem more like a treat to your dog than medicine. This is one of the best things you can do when you are trying to trick a dog into medicine. Skip pill-pockets and go right for a pill in delectable treat form.
This medication is effective against roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms – however, unlike the 8-in-1 Safe-Guard powder, it is not effective against whipworms. However, it does work on the three most common types of worm wonderfully.
When you are looking for an easy and immediate solution this works great – depending on the weight of your dog you will only need to feed them 1 or 2 tablets for it to be effective. The tablets are sold in packages depending on the dog’s weight to ensure proper dosage.
While no one wants to think about having to deal with nasty worms sometimes it’s unavoidable. Thanks to some great vets and scientists, however, we are now able to treat our dogs of these parasites with the ease of a couple days of treatment.
If you were worried about the cost of a vet trip to take care of worms, then you should be comforted to see all the at-home treatments and even tests that are available to help save you time and money!