Millie Bishop

Last night I saw a worm coming out of my boston terrier's anus.

The worm was flat and white and moving, it would be flat and then it would move around. Is the same medication for roundworm useful in treating flatworms?

Asked by Millie Bishop on Sep 5th 2009 in Health & Wellness
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Auda abu Tayi

Yuck, that is a tape worm. They are caused by swallowing fleas, eating rabbit droppings or….anyway you need to take your dog to the vet and get a wormer for tapes, you will have to worm him again in about 3 weekswhen the eggs hatch or they will come back .
I have had them several Xs, I do love to eat wild rabbit droppings and I occasionally get a few fleas despite being treated for them every three weeks.
It can wait until after the holiday, but go to the vet as soon as you can; you need to get rid of those nasty worms. The stuff the vet uses is gentle and won’t make you sick. The stuff some feed stores sell will give you a bad tummy ache and the runs. Wormer for round worms won't touch tape worms at all.
Good luck

Auda abu Tayi answered on Sep 5th.

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You need to go to your vet and find out exactly what is wrong with your dog.

Megan answered on 9/5/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Scarlet, CGC

Just wanted to add that you should remember to take some fresh poop with you to the vet so they can take a look and make sure he gets the rite wormer for the rite worm(s).

Scarlet, CGC answered on 9/6/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Auda has it right, but it is important to note that tapeworms do not always show up in a fecal exam becuase they shed segments, not eggs. Because of this, even if you do take a sample to be checked you need to tell the vet that you saw the tapeworm segment.

B.J., CGC answered on 9/6/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Take the dog to the vet.
They will require a fresh stool sample to see.
They don't charge that much to examine it under microscope and they will treat the pup right there for the Right Type of worms.
They will ask you what type of preventative you want also to take home.
If it was flat more likely it could be tape worms. They can grow to be up to several inches long. It is best to go to the vet now for help then to wait and give the dog too much wormer or not the right kind.

Dieta answered on 9/6/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


You need to take your dog & a fecal sample to the vet to find out just what kind of worms the dog has...What you are describing sounds like tape worm & round worm wormer will not kill them...Good luck...Worms are so nasty!

Member 73926 answered on 9/6/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

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