Do you know about Spirometra tapeworm?

Does your dog or cat like to hunt wildlife, such as reptiles and amphibians? Frogs, geckos and snakes may carry the Spirometra tapeworm, also known as the zipper tapeworm. This tapeworm infects dogs and cats when they eat these hosts.

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Does your dog or cat like to hunt wildlife, such as reptiles and amphibians? Frogs, geckos and snakes may carry the Spirometra tapeworm, also known as the zipper tapeworm. This tapeworm infects dogs and cats when they eat these hosts.

Spirometra live in the gastrointestinal tract of our pets and reproduce, passing eggs in the faeces to continue the life cycle. They can cause clinical signs including vomiting, diarrhoea and in some severe cases, weight loss.

Infection with Spirometra can easily be treated with a higher dose of a drug called Praziquantel. If you are concerned that your pet may be infected, call our friendly staff to discuss their treatment.

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