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Is my cat at risk for tapeworms?

Fleas do not only cause biting and itching, but they are also the main cause of tapeworms. They can carry tapeworm embryos that are transmitted to the cat when it ingests a flea while grooming. In addition, cats can also become infected with tapeworms through hunting and ingesting small rodents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the telltale signs my cat has tapeworms?

A: Mature tapeworms periodically produce tiny rice-like segments that contain eggs. These segments can be found in the cat’s feces or in the fur around the rectum. Ask your veterinarian for a fecal exam for proper diagnosis.

Q: What impact can tapeworms have on my cat and my family?

A: Tapeworms are parasites and live off their host – your cat – causing weight loss and dull fur. Tapeworms can also be passed on to humans and put you and your family at risk.

Q: If my cat has fleas, are tapeworms a foregone conclusion?

A: No, but chances are cats that have fleas will also have tapeworms. Tapeworms are not something your cat can just get over. Treatment ensures piece of mind.

Q: How can I lower my cat’s risk for tapeworms?

A: Ask your veterinarian about monthly flea prevention and a strategic deworming plan and try to prevent your cat from foaming and hunting.

Treatment for tapeworms

We use Profender® Topical Solution (emodepside/praziquantel) to remove 100% of tapeworms and treat and control roundworms and hookworms in a single dose. Because it is applied topically to the back of your cat’s neck, it’s less stressful for your cat. No pills. No messy pastes. No injections. Just a simple-to-apply topical application.

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