we just got a puppy and he has tape worms. They said he was wormed just before we got him but there are still live worms comming out! My biggest concern is that I have a 2 year old who plays woth the dog then puts her hands in her mouth could she get them from the dog? He will be going to the vet but depending on the answer to my question tells me how fast today, tommorow, or right NOW
As far as your child getting "tape" worms i don't know. I know other worms in dogs can be passed to children. I wouldn't worry right this minute though as if the dog was just wormed "right before" you got it, this is a normal thing. It takes a few days for all the worms to come out.
I would simply suggesst, Clean up immediatly after your dog and be sure to be keeping your daughters hands clean.
Where Tapworms are concerned, the child or any other dog would have to ingest a flea that carries the parasite. It has nothing to do with playing with the dog, touching feces or not, and the child putting their hands in the mouth. Tapeworms are -not- transmitted that way.
Hello, ALL puppies can have worms and all are born with them. you have to de worm them religiously every 3 to four weeks until you can get them on a preventative. If the breeder said they wormed them I am sure they did it just takes a few times to clear them up. tape worms though USUALLY come from people who own cats. very common. just have the pup de wormed again and wash hands every time after the baby touches the puppy. they have to touch feces then put hands in mouth or swallow a flea
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Tape worms are usually not a worm that your typical wormer will take care of. My dogs have had tape worm in the past and it is a seperate tablet that specifically removes tapeworms. You can get the tablets from your vet, or you can even buy them at a pet supply store...As far as passing them, I believe that you can only get them by ingesting fleas or wildlife that is infested with fleas or tapeworm...which is what my lovely dogs did to me a few years ago!! It was GROSS!!
I guess we all have our own opinion here and I will give you mine.
Tapeworms (along with other worms) will and can be transmitted to humans.
A dog with worms will have eggs that are around the anal area and feces, larva also crawling on their coat. A child could pick them up even from the carpet.
Most likely from the feces.
I have two children that have been raise around cats since birth. We went through all the worms, fleas and crap and had my kids check with out any problems. Best is you contact your Doctor to make the whole house hold parasite free.
Invest the extra money and buy the correct wormer from your vet to cover tapeworms. Don't buy the over the counter junk.
Also, take a fecal sample in and have the vet check it for other parasites. The puppy or dog will need to be wormed every 2 weeks for a short period, because the wormer normally does not kill / destroy the worms eggs. It kills the worm themselfs, but the eggs live on. That is why the vet will suggest that you worm the animal every 2 weeks, probably 2 to 3 times.
I am amazed at the number of people that try to save a few bucks and buy that junk wormer at the grocery store.
Just because the breeder you bought the dog from says they wormed it, does not mean that you never have to worm the dog again or that you don't have to do follow up preventive maintenence on internal parasites.
Good luck with your new dog and YES, tapeworms can be passed along to humans. Children are especially vulnerable, since they are not as attentive to what they put in their mouths as an adult. Those little fingers are constantly moving and into everything, as you already know.
Basset_Lover is exactly correct. Tapeworms are very easy to transmit. Back in to '70s and '80s they sold a tapeworm segment in a capsule to people, (usually teens) that wanted to loose weight. Segments hang around the backend of the dog who is infested. Anyone is susceptible. Again - see your vet for proper medication.
Are you sure they are tapeworms?, all worms can be passed to humans, tapes to, but normally tapes just pass through most of us. I would be more worried about rounds. You would be surprised to know how dangerous rounds are, and they are the most common.
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I am curious if you saw the worms and thought they were tapeworms? Who told you they were tapes? At any rate you said you were taking the dog to the vet, a fecal will tell you. If the breeder wormed the dog and the next day you received the dog, it means the medicine is working. The medicine has to get rid of the worms so you will see the evidence in the poop. A new pup should at least get wormed at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks. And then have a fecal exam so you can put it on a preventative. All of this goes along with pet ownership.