Diagnosing Tapeworms in Pets: Tests and Procedures

Diagnosing Tapeworms

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Tapeworms in pets can be difficult to diagnose, as the symptoms can be non-specific and lead to misdiagnosis of other illnesses. Fortunately, several tests are available to help veterinarians accurately identify the presence of tapeworms in a pet. Some of the most common tests and procedures used to diagnose tapeworms in pets include physical examination, fecal testing, ultrasound, and radiography.

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Physical Examination

A physical examination by a veterinarian can be an effective way to diagnose tapeworms in pets. During the examination, the vet will look for signs of worms or the eggs they produce, such as on the fur or skin, around the pet’s anus, or in the vomit or stool.

Fecal Testing

Fecal testing, also known as a fecal floatation, can help a veterinarian diagnose tapeworms in pets. During a fecal floatation, the pet’s fecal material is examined under a microscope. If the parasites are present, they will be visible to the vet.


Ultrasound can be used to diagnose tapeworms in some pets, such as cats and dogs. During the procedure, a vet will use an ultrasound machine to take images of the pet’s intestines, which may reveal the presence of tapeworms.

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Radiography (X-rays) can also be used to diagnose tapeworms in pets. X-rays may reveal the presence of the worms or the segments they produce.

Health Risks of Tapeworms in Pets

Tapeworms in pets pose a potential health risk to both the pet and the people around them. Tapeworms can cause nausea, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal issues in pets. Tapeworms can also be transmitted to humans, which can cause an infection known as cysticercosis.

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People who are infected with cysticercosis may experience flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, and fever. In rare cases, the infection can cause seizures and even blindness. As such, it is important to properly diagnose and treat tapeworms in pets.

At Pets-R-Us, we understand the importance of diagnosing and properly treating tapeworms in pets. Our veterinary staff is experienced in performing the tests and procedures necessary to identify and treat tapeworms. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and ensure the health and well-being of your furry family member.