Dog Lice: Dog infestation due to lice is known as canine pediculosis. These are insects that live on the fur and skin of your affected pet. They suck the blood or chew on the skin. As a result, irritation, itchiness, and anemia occur.
Infestation is common in puppies or old animals living in unsanitary conditions. Besides, the lice affecting human are different from the lice that affect animals.
Lice on animals and dogs do not transfer between species. This article will guide you about dog lice, their bad effects and tips to get rid of them. So if your pet is affected by lice and you want a solution then read the article till the end.
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Dog Lice Symptoms
Some of the most common symptoms of lice infestation in dogs include:
- Scratching rubbing and/or biting at skin
- Skin redness, irritation
- Dry coat
- Matted fur
- Hair loss occurs often around the neck, ears, upper back, groin, and rectum
- Anemia is seen more often with severe infestation
- Lethargy, weight loss, poor development in severely infested pups
Bad Effects Of Lice On Dog
If the canine pediculosis is not treated on time, it can lead to severe consequences. such as:
- Your pet may damage the skin by scratching.
- Bacterial infection
- Scratch wounds
Treatment Of Lice In Dog
It is fairly easy to treat infestation with lice. After diagnosis, the veterinarian will give you instructions for coping with it.
There are many sprays, shampoos, and powders which are effective in killing lice. The effective ingredients are:
Lice infestation can also be treated effectively by the same treatment of flea. Some products that are recommended by the veterinarian include:
Matted or clumped fur may need shaving.
It is necessary as shaving will expose the skin. Also, it will ensure that lice are put in contact with the treatment.
It is necessary to treat your dog more than once with powders, topical shampoos, or sprays. This is because of the life cycle of parasites.
Adult female lice live approximately 4 weeks and they lay eggs daily. Within 1 to 2 weeks, the nits hatch.
Moreover, within 2 to 3 weeks nymph becomes an adult laying eggs. The initial treatment using topical solutions will kill the adult lice.
However, nits will remain on the skin of your pet as they are not susceptible to insecticides. Therefore it is necessary to treat once or twice a week for at least 4 weeks to kill hatched nymph.
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