Ragdoll, a Havanese mix, just came back from the groomers a few days ago. Suddenly, she is itching, biting and licking at her fur, and when her owner investigates she notices bumpy, inflamed skin. Ragdoll is whisked off to the vet where a closer examination with a magnifying glass reveals little tan-colored bugs crawling on Ragdoll's skin. Dog lice! No doubt picked up at the grooming salon from another dog or improperly cleaned grooming tools.
The good news is that lice tend to be species-specific and dog lice do not infest humans, are not dangerous, and are treatable. The bad news is they are uncomfortable, and getting rid of them requires some serious elbow grease on your part applied to your dog and your home to clean them up.
Lice may be icky, but take heart, they are not dangerous and can be cleaned up with a little effort and persistence. You may need to use a combination of bathing in natural or commercial antiparasitic shampoos and manual removal of lice eggs to delouse your dog. Regular cleaning of bedding, your house, and your dog's items, will make sure that he is not reinfested. Other pets in the home are susceptible, you will need to monitor and treat them accordingly. Take heart, this too shall pass!