Hi there, I was wondering if anyone knew if all fleas carried tape worms. It really freaks me out to think one of my kids or animals might accidentally injest a flea and get a tape worm from it. Do all fleas carry tape worm, or do they need to bite a dog that has tape worm first? Thanks so much for any info.
Fleas get tapeworm in the larval stage, not the adult stage. So it's the flea larvae that have to be exposed to tapeworm eggs, they grow into adult fleas, are ingested by the dog, and voila.
So either way, if the flea isn't exposed to a tapeworm infested dog, then even if the dog (or person) does happen to eat a flea, nothing would happen.
I think my thought on the matter is this. Your child is probably far more likely to be injured in a car accident in which you are driving, than he is to get tapeworms. Do you not drive because of fear of that happening? You can't protect your child (or dog) from everything, though of course using a good flea preventative helps immensely in breaking the flea (and tapeworm) cycle.
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