These disgusting creatures live and feed in intestines. While dogs can't contract tapeworms by direct exposure (whew!), you still have to be careful.
infest dogs. An adult tapeworm looks something like a
Diatomaceous earth should be fed to your dog in his regular food for at least 30 days. This will help ensure the elimination of adult tapeworms, larvae and eggs. Consult your vet for the proper amount to give your dog. Typically, for dogs less than 55 pounds, 1 teaspoon per day of food grade diatomaceous earth is suggested. Dogs more than 55 pounds often are advised to be given 1 tablespoon per day.
Two other types of tapeworms that affect dogs can also
Taenia species - These are tapeworms that are acquired by eating prey or waste containing the infective larval stage. These are much larger tapeworms, often up to one yard (one meter) in length. Intermediate hosts include rodents, rabbits, hares and sheep. The intermediate stages develop hydatid cysts in various organs in the intermediate host. There are effective medications that will eliminate Taenia infections in dogs. If your dog eats prey such as rodents or rabbits, re-infection can occur with passage of tapeworm segments in 6-8 weeks.
There is a cycle through which dogs get tapeworms:
Tapeworms are parasites which affect dogs and cats. They reside in the intestines and although they rarely cause clinical symptoms or disease in pets, they do rob their hosts of important nutrients. Tapeworms are also aesthetically unpleasant. The most common type of tapeworm is spread by fleas. Pets contract this species of tapeworm when they swallow fleas while grooming themselves. Other tapeworms are spread through improperly prepared food. Tapeworms are relatively easy to prevent and to eliminate. Keeping your pets free of tapeworms is important for both your pets' health, as well as the health of the human caregivers who come into contact with them. Tapeworms can spread to humans in some circumstances.Tapeworms are parasites of dogs and cats. They live in the intestines and, although they rarely cause clinical symptoms or disease in pets, they rob their hosts of nutrients. Tapeworms are aesthetically unpleasant.