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Head lice DOES NOT live on dogs and it is completely different from a flea or a tick.
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While lice are species-specific and can survive only on either humans or dogs, fleas are a closely related parasite that can effect both people and their dogs. Unlike lice that crawl from person to person, fleas can leap up 2 feet in the air and can travel the length of three football fields when looking for a new host. While they prefer to live on cats and dogs, fleas can survive on human blood as well. People typically experience flea bites on their ankles, elbows, knees or waist. Fleas can be extremely difficult to get rid of and often require a combination of several products to tackle an infestation.
Dogs get the lice from heavily populated areas like dog parks or doggie daycares.
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Canine lice are visible to the human eye and appear as small, flat, black bugs on the dog's skin. They are larger than fleas but still quite small. Nits are lice eggs, and they look like white flakes on the dog's hair shafts. These nits are sticky and resist removal from the hair. Parastar for Dogs is a one spot, topical flea, tick and lice treatment developed for dogs and lasts for one full month. 100% Happy Guarantee from 1-800-PetMeds.
Photo provided by FlickrAnimals including cats and dogs have temperatures that differ from humans. If your family has head lice, you do not have to worry about Fido or Kitty.
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Scientifically known as Trichodectes canis, lice are also referred to as chewing lice or canine chewing louse. Unlike other creatures in the animal kingdom, males are usually smaller than females. Females possess a special organ that looks like a couple of bowed appendages on either side of her genitals. This organ helps stick the eggs to the host’s fur as well as to grasp and hang on to its fur. Interestingly, the female can lay up to 100 eggs, or nits, at a time, and will proceed to glue each one onto its own strand of hair. There are two types of lice that commonly affect dogs. The first type survives by scraping off and eating flakes of their host’s skin. The second type feeds on the dog’s blood. Both types of lice can be found on domesticated and wild canines around the world. Dogs that receive proper and regular grooming have a smaller chance of encountering lice, whereas dogs that are undernourished and not taken care of are more likely to suffer from this problem.When you run your fingers over your dog’s body, you may notice small bumps on its skin. This is a sign your dog is being tortured by the bloodsucking type of lice. These bumps come about from the nasty bites the lice inflict upon your pet.Although dogs tend to scratch and lick themselves multiple times a day, you will be able to tell when it gets out of control. One way to tell that your dog has a problem is when you find it excessively scratching and licking itself. The reason for this is that lice will bite its skin, causing extreme itchiness and discomfort. Additionally, your dog will lick itself more often than usual. This is because its saliva offers temporary relief from the itchiness. Similar to you dousing cold water on a mosquito bitten area of your skin, dogs will lick themselves when they feel bothered and itchy.Tick and lice infected dogs and puppies, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Tick free, vaccinated, and sterilized now : )
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