Tapeworm eggs will stick to fleas and then can be ingested when a dog or cat bites the flea.
This "flea ride" greatly enhances the chances of the tapeworm egg being ingested.
It is important when treating tapeworms to also treat for fleas.
Remember, fleas are the main transport mechanism the tapeworm uses to get its eggs into the host.
To detect these parasites, a stool sample is examined microscopically.
It is important to have a stool sample examined on a regular basis, but keep in mind that the eggs cannot always be found in the stool.
It is more common to find egg cases undulating around on your pet or on the stool itself.