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Taenia or Dipylidium infestation from eating prey or fleas

Medical name: Tapeworms


  • Severe scratching
  • Scooting bottom on ground
  • Bead-like chains in feces


Tapeworms occur when your pet develops an infestation of the parasite Taenia or Dipylidium from ingesting part of an infested animal, or from fleas. The most definitive sign of a tapeworm infestation is scooting, when your pet drags his hindquarters on the ground. Other symptoms of a tapeworm infestation may include bead-like chains in your pet’s feces, or severe scratching behavior. If you suspect that your pet may have a tapeworm infestation, your vet can determine the tapeworm type in order to treat accordingly.

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