How to Prevent Dog Lice

10 - 30 Minutes
2 Weeks


Dealing with lice on your dog can be infuriating and also dangerous for your dog. An infestation of lice can cause your dog's skin to become dry and itchy and possibly even infected. Lice are tiny bugs that feed on your dog's blood and burrow deep into the skin for a safe haven and reproduction. A case of Lice is not as common on dogs as fleas and ticks, but lice can cause quite the destruction. If your dog has lice, he will be itching and scratching and have areas of dry, rough coat. You may even see bald spots or hair loss, and some dogs with serious infestations can potentially become anemic. Lice are highly contagious, moving from one infested dog to another and quickly multiplying. If your dog is infested, you can also bet your dog's bedding and toys and potentially even your carpets or furniture around your home are also infested.

Dog's Perspective

If your dog has lice, he's probably already quite uncomfortable. If you're noticing the signs of lice, it may be because it's grown so bad that it's affecting his skin condition or his coat. If he is itching and scratching more than normal, he's pretty miserable. Though he will appreciate a good grooming and preventing any future lice from attacking, your dog may be apprehensive about bathing or even brushing. His skin may be dry and sore. Take caution and be gentle and loving.

Caution & Considerations

  • Lice that dogs get are different from lice people get. If your dog does end up with lice, they will not transfer to your skin.
  • Lice can live for short periods of time in fabrics. So if your dog has lice, be sure to wash all of his bedding thoroughly, along with any carpets or furniture in areas your dog may frequent.
  • A high-quality diet will help your dog maintain healthy skin and an increased immune system.
  • A flea comb or a fine-tooth comb is the best tool to use to find lice in your dog’s fur and comb them out.
  • Combing your dog will help get rid of adult lice. A fine tooth comb will not pull up nits or eggs.
  • Lice are not typically something healthy, well-groomed dogs get.
  • Keep your dog on a regular a grooming schedule and offer a healthy diet with high-quality foods to keep your dog's skin and coat healthy and free of lice.


Keep your dog lice-free by creating a healthy environment for him. Usually, only dogs who lead a ruff life tend to find themselves with something as bad as lice. If you see dry bald patches on your dog's skin,  you might find yourself in the doghouse for not properly grooming your pup.

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