Tapeworm Prevention With Dogs?

I have a cocker spaniel who has been plagued by tapeworm infections lately. We go to the vet and get the medicine, but invariably, within the month, I am seeing worms in his stool again. I know that eating fleas is the cause, and we constantly battle them, but I was wondering if there are any home remedies to keep them from returning? Does the garlic really work? Powdered or fresh?


Thanks for your help.

Sue H

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By Laine (Guest Post)
April 29, 20050 found this helpful

I don't know about tapeworm; but we have been putting vinegar in the drinking water for both our cats and dogs for the past 3-4 years. No fleas!!!! I got this idea from one of the groups I subscribe to (wish I knew that person's name, so I could give her the well-deserved credit) and I have passed this tip along innumerable times. Use approximately 1 teaspoon white vinegar to one quart water.

Incidentally, the cats are unhappy but they drink it anyway. The canine kids don't even notice the vinegar. They all drink from a big bowl.

Hope this helps

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By Linda (Guest Post)
April 29, 20050 found this helpful

The best thing would be to control the fleas. I just bought a 6 month supply of Advantage on EBay for 2 dogs for what a 4pk would cost at retail!

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By Roberta (Guest Post)
April 30, 20050 found this helpful

If you prevent the flea's, you prevent the tapeworms. I would use Frontline to begin with and then sprinkle some powdered garlic over your dogs food each day.


I have 5 large dogs and have never had either a flea or tick problem nor worms. They always get their garlic each day in their food.

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April 30, 20050 found this helpful

FOr the fleas definitly use Frontline Plus.. I swear by it!

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By Suzie (Guest Post)
May 2, 20050 found this helpful

Just give your dog a garlic capsule every day in their wet dogfood. It's much easier.

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By Sandy (Guest Post)
June 19, 20050 found this helpful

Pets can get tapeworm from other sources besides fleas - check out the following (from this website

"The various species of tapeworms:
You will notice in the images below that tapeworms use an "intermediate host" to accomplish transmission from one dog or cat to another. There are three common species that affect dogs and cats: Dipylidium caninum which can infect dogs, cats and people uses the flea larva as an intermediate host; Taenia pisiformis which infects dogs uses the rabbit; Taenia taeniaeformis which infects cats uses the rat or mouse.


To make a long story short, if you can keep your pet from eating fleas, rabbit, mouse or rat viscera it won't get a tapeworm. The intermediate host is required."

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November 7, 20060 found this helpful

The cats may be unhappy because the vinegar is not cool. I was always taught that white vinegar is for cleaning, and apple cider vinegar is for eating.

My cat once had a diphyllobothrium latum tapeworm when I was in school in Indiana. The intermediary is the Northern Pike fish (as in Washington State). I couldn't figure out how she got it, until my neighbor told me an old friend just visit from Oregon. The friend had brought a Northern Pike he caught as a gift. They cleaned it, and threw the innards in the garbage can out front.


Oh! hahahahaha

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