Tape Worm-I have a shepherd dog, that is sick and thought perhaps you could tell me the nature of the disease. He bloats badly and vomits quite a lot, but has a good appetite and will eat all he can get. He eats hay when in the bar. He breathes hard and likes to lay by the furnace where it is warm.
Doubtless a case of tape worm. Bloated, ravenous appetite, vomit, eating trash, etc., as you state leaves no doubt in the matter. For the benefit of all dog owners will here give the usual symptoms in case of tape worm: Bloated abdomen, harsh coat, skin eruptions, falling of half, mostly dry, hot nose, cough; irregular appetite, from refusal to ravenous, diarrhea, varying to constipation; frequent vomiting, slimy, often bloodstained stools; pale gums, bulging eyes, convulsions and fits, twitching of muscles in sleep, refusal to clean food and hunting up something nasty to devour lustily; white flakes clinging to solid feces; these flakes are segments of the tame worm and an unmistakable sign. Tape worm is the very hardest of any intestinal parasite to eradicate and many so-called remedies are useless. It is better to use one of the commercially available remedies than to try your own.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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