Dipylidium Caninum – The Dog and Cat Tapeworm

Without a doubt, the commonest tapeworm to infest dogs and cats in the UK.

It is also probably the most benign of all parasites. While some tapeworms can be life-threatening, Dipylidium barely causes a ripple in our pets’ sense of well-being. Huge numbers can be debilitating, but we usually become aware of their presence only when we see the egg sacs wriggling around our pet’s bottom.

Which is utterly revolting, of course. And that is why we get rid of them.


People can pick up Dipylidium, but it requires a great deal of effort! The infective stage is inside an intermediate host which must be eaten. The intermediate host is the flea. Not too many people consider the flea a delicacy – but some very small children do! If they do develop a tapeworm, not a lot of harm will come to them. Just a fit of the screaming ad-dabs from mother when she see’s the little wriggler exiting.


Drontal wormer is excellent. Not only for getting rid of the far more dangerous Toxocara roundworm, but eliminating Dipylidium tapeworms at the same time. Exterminating fleas will also help. By eliminating the intermediate host, the tapeworm cannot develop to the next stage.


The life cycle of Dipylidium Caninum is truly one of the wonders of nature. The accompanying video will delight and inform you …