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How can you tell if your dog has lice?
- Scratching and intense itchiness.
- Rough, dry, or matted coat.
- Hair loss, specifically around ears, neck, shoulders, groin, and rectal regions.
- Small wounds or bacterial infections from bites by sucking lice.
- Restless behavior.
- Anemia in extreme cases, or in small dogs and puppies.
Can humans get lice from dogs? Well, you need not fret as while can occasionally get lice; your child will not be able to catch lice from your pet. Why? Simply put, dog lice require dog blood to survive, and cat lice require only cat blood to survive. In other words then, pet lice cannot survive on human blood.
How do you treat dog lice? Insecticide shampoos and lime-sulfur dips are generally considered safe and effective for the removal of lice on dogs. They should generally be used weekly for a period of four to six weeks. Comb through the fur with a lice comb after each treatment can remove dead lice from the fur.
What is the fastest way to get rid of dog lice? Treatment of lice is relatively straightforward. Many insecticides kill lice. Most flea shampoos contain pyrethrins or organophosphates and do a good job of getting rid of louse infestations. Topical insecticides like imidacloprid (Advantage) applied topically every 2 weeks will also kill lice.