There are two types of tapeworm that affect canines and felines. Tapeworms are the most common internal parasite that owners actually see. Tapeworms break off in segments called proglottids that look like crawling grains of rice in the stool.
Tapeworm eggs are ingested by an intermediate host such as a rodent or a flea. Your pet becomes infected after eating the intermediate host.
Tapeworms enter the bowels and attach to the intestinal wall, stealing vital nutrients from the food dogs or cats eat. Tapeworms can cause intestinal disturbances, abdominal discomfort, nervousness and weight loss.