Taenia spp. in dogs and cats

Common info

Taenia spp. is a group of over 100 species of tapeworms. Dogs, cats, livestock, including humans, can infect with tapeworms in the Taenia spp. The infection can cause diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, abdominal pain, anal itching, or intestinal obstruction.


In 1933, Meijer reported that in dogs and pigs. There is an infection of the Taenia spp. tapeworms.


The carriers of Taenia spp. (cows, goats, pigs) will receive Taenia spp. eggs from contaminated water or food. Taenia spp. eggs will hatch and then spread into the intestine. Taenia spp. will buried in various organs through the bloodstream. When dogs or cats eat the carriers, they will become infected, and Taenia spp. will grow and breed in the intestine.


  • Abdominal pain
  • Anal itching
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Weight loss
  • Asymptomatic

Dogs and cats that infect often asymptomatic. If there are many Taenia spp. in the body, Taenia spp. will cause diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, abdominal pain, anal itching, or intestinal obstruction.

Treatment and Prevention

Use Praziquantel to treat the infection Taenia spp. in dogs and cats. The infection Taenia spp. can prevent by not letting your dogs and cats eat the carriers and feed them with cooked meals.

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