Can I get tapeworm from my dog?

asked 2017-06-22 23:57:52 -0500

Can I get tapeworm from my dog?

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answered 2017-10-24 16:05:40 -0500

The most common way to get tapeworms is by eating fleas. So you shouldn't need to worry unless you're also snacking on them! :) Obviously make sure you're washing your hands after picking up their poo, but it's really unlikely you'll get them from your dog.

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You may (unknowingly) be snacking on them if they jump into your skillet !

Ana Maria and Diana K.'s profile image Ana Maria and Diana K.  ( 2017-10-26 09:40:58 -0500 ) edit
answered 2017-06-23 21:33:29 -0500

I believe the the answer above is somewhat misleading and may be only half true

First we need to remember that "Tapeworm" (Dipylidium) is a "ZOONOSES" Zoonotic disease can be anyone of the following ie: virus bacteria fungi or parasite. We must remember that any of these pathogens are commonly transmitted from humans and non humans (mammals) as well as birds reptiles fish etc.

Anyone of use who have regular close contact with animals can be an acceptable host for this parasite. It can easily be transmitted by simply petting the animal the organism is under your nails you have an ordinary scratch on your body that for you is nothing enters through that area. Your washing a pet this pet is a drooler and shakes head the saliva from the animal hits your eye lips or your chewing gum and on the moment you open your mouth to chew a drop of that saliva enters 1 of those areas of opportunity.  The Zoonotic disease can be transmitted via mucous membranes open sores or lesions.  And if that scenario is a little of a stretch for you all How about your bathing the animal your hands and sleeves are wet You have an itch on  your face and you do the classic head lean to arm scratch maneuver. And finally for those of us who groom brush etc. in a closed or unventilated area just taking a breath of what may normally be fresh air can contain plenty of those little "BUGGERS" 
My purpose was not to scare anyone with the possible extreme ways to transmit a Zoonotic Disease as for as much to educate ourselves that if we are going to provide the best service available, we need to remember that if we are handling multiple animals we can pass it from 1 of our quests to ourselves to our guest and back and forth not even knowing.

Respectfully, HMC Bigdogpr aka "The Chief" Aronson USNR, RVT

ref, Merck Veterinary Manual edition 11 Zoonotic Diseases pg.2414-2416, 2418-2483 Table #4

Department of Health and Humans Services reg.s Vet. role in "One Health"

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answered 2017-06-23 13:09:54 -0500

Nope! Humans are safe from tapeworm. However, make sure that your dog is not in contact with other dogs until treated. To find out more, click on the link below

https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/tapeworm-infection-in-dogs (https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pe...)

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