How to Get Rid of Tapeworms in a Puppy

By Kristie Karns

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Items you will need

  • Tapeworm medication

  • Flea-prevention medication

  • Fecal sample

Finding worms in your pet's stool is unappealing, but it is a good way to find out that your pet is sick. Most puppies get worms at some point, so you must remember to check your puppy's stool often. While adult dogs also can get worms, they are more common in pups, so the earlier they are discovered and treated, the healthier and happier your puppy will be. Neglecting worms at the first signs can lead to worse infestations, which can be fatal if ignored too long.

Get your puppy dewormed at around 6 weeks of age; many pups are born with worms or get them from their mother's milk after birth.

Keep fleas away from your puppy as much as possible.

Check your puppy's stool and hind quarters frequently for little white worms about the size and shape of rice. If the stool looks like diarrhea, has fresh blood in it that appears bright red or dried blood, making it look dark and thicker than usual, take your puppy to the veterinarian.

Administer a tapeworm medication designed to kill the adult tapeworms.

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