How can you see images of tapeworms in dogs?


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Images of the most common tapeworm in dogs, called Dipylidium caninum, can be viewed via an endoscope inserted either rectally or orally into an infected dog, or through X-ray imaging of the abdomen. If veterinary professionals find the tapeworms using X-ray imaging, they sometimes display the images and explain them to the dog's owners.

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Veterinary clinics typically have endoscopy and X-ray imaging equipment that can be used by veterinary professionals to confirm the presence of a tapeworm inside a dog's digestive tract. The tapeworm and proglottids can also be seen in the feces and vomit, which can be examined by a veterinary professional under a microscope.

Physical examination can also confirm the presence of a tapeworm around the anus of an infected dog. The irritation that results often causes the infected dog to scoot along the ground to try and rub off the parasite. Amateur images of whole tapeworms and possibly the proglottids, the individual segments of tapeworms, can also be captured with a digital camera or video recorder by examining the anus and feces of an infected dog. The pictures or video can typically be reviewed on the same recording device on demand, and then uploaded to websites for review by others.

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