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!
We were given Bravecto for Bailee’s lice and told to wash her with flea and tick shampoo every few days. This is her second time having it since she was picked up by the fosters. We’ve had her for almost two months. Is there anything else we can do? A better shampoo we can get? Should we also put Advantage 2 on her? Does anything kill the nits?
Thank you for the question. I would consult the vet. You don't want to use too many products on Bailee at once in case the chemicals, in combination, are too much. Combing is the only way to get rid of the nits - and as well, your house has to be cleaned (especially Bailee's bedding, toys, grooming items, and furniture where she sleeps in general). The veterinarian can advise you on the procedure for getting rid of the lice in the home. The combing procedure can be explained in detail too. I know it seems like an insurmountable task but you will conquer it eventually with the vet's guidance. Good luck!
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How can my puppy get rid of lice
Hi there, sorry to hear that Betty has lice. If you have ever had experience with lice in humans, you know they are very difficult to get rid of. The process must be thorough. This is a situation for the vet. The chemicals needed to rid your dog of lice are strong and can carry risk, so eliminating them should be under the care of your vet. Do not buy a product from the store that may be too harsh and dangerous. Betty can get tapeworm from the lice, so this is another reason that it's critical that the vet attends to her. As well, the vet can advise you on how to eliminate the pests from your home - if you do not, the lice will once again latch on to Betty. It's a process, but don't worry, the vet can assist you and take care of Betty. Good luck!
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