Dipylidium caninum

What is Dipylidium caninum?

It is a parasite, more precisely: a flatworm (Taenia) that lives in the intestines of dogs and cats. It has several segments: beige and mobile. The segments contain the eggs of the parasite, the larvae of the fleas ingest them and when they become adult fleas and put themselves in the coat of your pets. When they groom themselves, they will contaminate themselves by ingesting the fleas.

Signs of infestation

  • Your companion rubs his rear end on the ground
  • The presence of structures resembling grains of rice in the feces or on sleeping areas (chairs, baskets, blankets) is characteristic and justifies the deworming of animals.

Treatment and prevention

A deworming and a treatment against fleas and ticks should be done regularly; to see with your veterinarian.

For more information

You can visit the ESCCAP website

You can call our Veterinary Assistants and make an appointment for a consultation on 02/3802492.