Saturday, November 6, 2010

Spirometra tapeworm

Cairns Vet Clinic puts a lot of emphasis on preventative health care and client education.  The goal is to give your pet the best vet care and health outcomes we can.  Cairns Pets are at risk of tropical problems like the gecko tapeworm in cats (easily prevented with regular tropical-strength tapeworm tablets) and leptospirosis in dogs.
I posted recently on the impact of the  gecko tapeworm (spirometra erinacei) on frogs and its not very nice for cats either.
To see how Spirometra matters to frogs, check out the life cycle of Spirometra from Stabler and Howlett's web site below: 


Spirometra Erinacei

Spirometra Erinacei
The tapeworm is more common in cats than dogs because of the intermediate hosts of the life cycle. The adult tapeworm which is found in the small intestine can be from 1.5 to 5 metres in length. 
Clinical Signs

Generally also this tapeworm does not cause major problems but in larger numbers there can be loss of appetite, obstruction and occasional diarrhoea. 

Regular tapeworming is the most effective treatment, as often as every 4 to 6 weeks if the dogs are continual hunters of the intermediate hosts.

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