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Lice In Dogs

Dogs can get lice, too. Fortunately, the parasites can’t be passed on to humans. But the infestation is highly contagious between dogs. Heavy infestations can cause pain, hair loss, inflammation, and may pave the way for long-term medical issues for dogs. While lice are generally less common in dogs, they can just be as itchy and irritating. They are also a challenge to eliminate. Because of their strong claws, they tend to spread more quickly compared to other parasites. There are 2 types of lice that infest dogs — chewing lice and sucking lice. 

Chewing lice (Trichodectes canis or Heterodoxus spiniger) thrive by eating secretions on the skin surface and skin debris. These lice are commonly found in tropical regions. 

Sucking lice (Linognathus setosus) feed on the dog’s blood to survive. They  have sharp, pointed mouth parts that can break through the surface of the skin and feed on the blood of the dog.  

Consult with your veterinarian Mt. Airy, MD about the best way to protect your pet against lice and other parasites.

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