WHAT ARE TAPEWORMS?
Tapeworms are parasites that invade the small intestine and, in basic terms, survive by eating what your pet eats, depriving your pet of nutrients. Unlike roundworms, which live freely in the intestine, tapeworms attach themselves to a host’s intestinal walls. Also unlike roundworms, tapeworms cannot infest an animal that eats tapeworm eggs. Instead, the animal ingests the tapeworm’s primary or intermediate host, usually an adult flea. Tapeworms do not usually lead to serious health problems, but can cause irritation — most commonly anal itching — and may affect a host's nutrition to some degree. Tapeworms are more dangerous in growing and developing kittens and puppies.