Lice and easy: Dog infestations

By Connie Orcutt • Published: May 1st, 2017
Category: Animal Airwaves

If your pooch is super itchy, you’re liable to blame it on fleas. But a lesser-known parasite could be at fault.

Although lice are commonly considered to be a human problem, cases of dog lice have been on the rise in some parts of the country. Certain types of lice only infest specific species of animals, so dog lice are not a problem for humans. Dogs get lice from other dogs or from contaminated objects — for example, at dog parks or doggie day care centers.

Lice tend to target a dog’s neck, ears and backside, so those are the best places to look for evidence. Parting fur down to the skin makes it easier to see the adults or tiny white eggs attached to fur shafts.

Check with your veterinarian before starting treatment. He or she will be able to tell you which products will send lice packing.