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alek0
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« on: October 22, 2019, 10:48:17 PM »

 Lips sealed  Shocked

Somebody, likely Leo, has tapeworm. Need to deworm all tomorrow. Not sure how can this happen with indoor cats, and shoes always left outside so that we don't bring anything in, windows are always closed, etc.?

Vet said that geckos can be carriers, I was suspecting freeze-dried food even though freeze-drying should kill parasites, thinking I would notice if they killed and ate a gecko. But to make absolutely sure, looked into every nook and cranny and found a tiny dead gecko stuck to the bottom of the cat carrier with wheels which is why we didn't see it when cleaning. Argh. Still have no idea how it got in. Maybe through bathroom or kitchen exhaust fan? Should install insect screen on those...

I am just so totally freaked out. First finding that disgusting moving proglottid from a tapeworm, then tiny dried up gecko corpse...
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2019, 06:00:47 AM »

I had the same thing happen with Cosmo. One day out of the blue he had those white things around his butt. Yuck! I quickly got some dewormer and that took care of it. The other cats never got infected even though they shared cat boxes. I never did figure out why only he got worms.
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2019, 10:46:52 AM »

 Tongue tapeworms. So strange with the gecko!  Huh
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2019, 05:19:38 PM »

Those white ones are apparently from the fleas, and apparently relatively common. There are several other less common kinds and apparently he got one of those. I've learnt more about tapeworms than I ever wanted to know, yuck.

Deworming for everyone just in case, and figure out how to install insect screens over exhaust fans to prevent anything coming in. You would expect that living on a high floor in a high rise building you wouldn't need to deal with unexpected visitors... Those geckos can really climb.
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2019, 11:01:33 PM »

They had a quick checkup and got deworming meds. Will repeat treatment for Leo (since he is the most likely source) after two weeks to be absolutely certain we got it.

And as mentioned we will install mosquito/insect screens over exhaust fans. Two geckos in over 19 years is not a big deal, but I would rather avoid a repeat of this experience. Ewwwwww. Yuck. Even the vet said that video of that proglottid (pinkish, about 1 cm in length, 3-5 mm diameter, and moving) was absolutely disgusting.

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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2019, 07:41:04 AM »

1 cm is huge! The only ones I've ever seen are about 4-5 mm. Gross! Glad they are all taken care of now.
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