I was just doing some research online and read that for a dog to get tapeworms they have to injest an infected flea. Now we don't have fleas here where I live, but it said the cycle of the worm after injestion is about three weeks. Well it has been three weeks since we brought him home. So he would have injested the flea before we came home and even though he doesn't have fleas now he has the tapeworm still. I noticed the "rice-like" segments in his bedding today. Of course it seems that there is no over-the-counter medicine to treat the tapeworm so he will have to go back to the vet for the medicine.
He has been confined to the main floor of our house (away from any carpeted areas) and is always crated if not being supervised (for house training purposes). I have not let him near my pigs (they are in the basement) except once when I brought a pig upstairs to sniff noses just to see what he'd do. I also have been very vigilant about picking up the dog poo in the yard because I know that things can be passed to our other dogs through feces.
Is there any way my pigs can get tapeworms from the dog?? And once it becomes summer here should I not let my pigs out on our lawn to eat the grass?? I should have fenced off a small area so the dogs could not go the bathroom there, but it is too late now for that!
SOOO, once I get rid of the tapeworm in the puppy then it should be done. I am a little miffed that the vet we took him to here in Canada didn't prescribe the specific medicine dogs need to get rid of the tapeworms. He put those Revolution drops on him which he said also act as a dewormer AND gave us a pill to give him two weeks following our appointment (which we did), but he never mentioned anything about treating tapeworms. I am not used to having to deal with fleas and the other things dogs can get from fleas because I have never lived anywhere where I had to worry about my dog getting them. Well back to vet we go!!!
Between my piggies and my dogs I could have put a good down payment on a new car for the amount I have spent in recent months. Instead I drive an older vehicle because I didn't want car payments!!! Oh well...can't help it... I love them too much.
Sorry don't know much about guinea pigs getting tapeworms. I know mites and lice are species specific, but don't know about tapeworms.
I know exactly what you mean about finding the rice like pieces in the dog's bedding. Gross isn't it? Blech.