I just bought a Beagle puppy and we just found out that she has tape worms. When I took her to the vet they could not get a stool sample. I have bought Praziquantel and I am not sure how many doses to give her. Can anyone help. Thanks
Hope this helps you - HOW DO WE GET RID OF THEM? Tapeworms are killed by different medications (one is called Droncit, brand name Praziquantel) which is administered by injection or tablet. The tapeworm is killed and digested with the petís food. It is not passed in the stool later. WHY DO SOME VETERINARIANS RECOMMEND TWO TREATMENTS AND OTHERS ONLY RECOMMEND ONE TREATMENT? Only one treatment is needed to kill tapeworms present; however, many clinics recommend a second injection in three weeks. The reason for the second injection is this: If the owner finds out at the time of their office visit that they need to control fleas to control tapeworms, they will need at least a month or so to control the fleas. After the first treatment is given, there is no reason why the pet cannot immediately reinfect itself. It probably will reinfect itself at some point. By seeing the animal in three weeks and giving another treatment after the fleas are controlled, there is a good chance that the tapeworms will not just be back three weeks later. It takes 3 weeks from the time tapeworms are swallowed by the pet to the time segments can be seen by the owner. On the other hand, who knows when the pet will swallow another infected flea? Our recommendation is that a single treatment be administered whenever segments are seen. IF ONE PET HAS TAPEWORM SEGMENTS, CAN IT BE ASSUMED THAT THEY ALL DO? No, just because one pet in the household has swallowed an infected flea does not mean they all have. Our recommendation is to deworm only the pets who have obvious tapeworms. WHY MIGHT A PET CONTINUE TO GET TAPEWORM INFECTIONS? While many people would like to blame the medication as ineffective, the truth is that there must be an on-going flea population in the petís environment. The key to eradicating tapeworms from the home is flea control.
Did your vet prescribe the medication you are giving your puppy? If the vet couldn't get a stool sample how do you know your puppy has tape worm? You need to take a stool sample to your vet to have it checked to make sure its tape worm. If in fact the vet told you its tape worm then they should be able to give you meds to get rid of it. As far as how much of the meds to give, your vet should have advised you on that or if you purchased the med somewhere else, there should be dose directions on the label.
Halo611, Thanks you for your quick response. The vet did not prescibe the Praziquantel. This is an over the counter med. I found the information on the internet. I can see the white worms in her feces. I tried to call the vet, but they are not in on Saturdays. The package only had dosage information but does not say how many times to give it to her.
Call the vet and make an appointment and take a stool sample. Right after your dog poops (the day of the vet appointment) scoop up some of it and put it in a container with a lid. Your vet will be able to determine what type of worms your puppy has by putting a smear of stool on a slide and looking through a microscope. Little white worms can be round worm, hook worm, etc. If you are not sure what type of worm or even if the puppy does have worms don't give medication to treat something that wasn't diagnosed by a vet. Over the counter wormers for puppies are not good, your puppy needs a medication prescribed by your vet. Its usually a pill. Usually when they have worms, they have runny poop and are not eating well, sometimes even throwing up. If there is blood in the stool contact a vet ASAP. Good Luck :)