Tape worm remedies

Discussion in 'Working and Companion Animals' started by Mountain View, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. Mountain View

    Mountain View Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have natural tape worm remedies that work for dogs? Our dog has had tape worms 3 times in the last year and I hesitate to dose him with strong anti-worm drugs but I'm not sure what else to do. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    There's a good sticky at the top of the page that covers worming. Also, you can do a search online for "natural tapeworm remedies" and come up with a lot of info.
     

  3. Bearfootfarm

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    Its not "natural" but Safeguard works well and its almost impossible to overdose a dog with it, so its not really a "strong" wormer. Id rather give them something I KNOW works than take a chance on a "natural" remedy thats not proven.
     
  4. AlaOutlaw

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    There are two types of tapeworms that dogs get. The most common is transmitted by fleas. It is called Dipylidium caninum and the least common is transmitted through rodents and it is called Taenia pisiformis. The Safeguard (fenbendazole) mentioned in the last post will effectively get the Taenia but won't kill the most common type, the Dipylidium. So if your dog has the flea type of tapeworm, which is the most common, then the Safeguard will be ineffective. I haven't found any natural remedies that really work that well at erradicating either type of tapeworm. I'm not saying there isn't any but I have tried a few and none of them completely got rid of the infestation. Praziquantel is the number one choice used to kill tapeworms and it is relatively safe. It can even be used on pregnant dogs. It is commonly used in aquarium fish tanks because it is so gentle. It comes under many different name brands but they are mostly the same thing. Here is a couple of different name brands that are very effective against both types and available OTC.

    http://revivalanimal.com/product.asp?pn=78-716

    http://revivalanimal.com/product.asp?pn=78-730

    http://revivalanimal.com/product.asp?pn=28-308
     
  5. Maura

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    DE Diatomaceous (sp?) Earth. It's very safe. Just put a little in the food for several days.