Some ask: "Do dogs have lice?" You can answer this question in the affirmative. Lice are a suborder of mammalian ectoparasites.
They pierce the skin of the host animal and suck blood. These are "highly specialized" parasites that live on only one species of animal or its close relatives. Two types of lice parasitize dogs:
- biting (in areas with hot climates),
Biting dog lice move quickly, and sucking dogs move slowly and are easy to catch.
Symptoms of lice infestation
Lice appear to cause anxiety to the animal, it itches, dermatitis and scratching appear on the skin, the dog is depressed, does not sleep, its fur is knitted into tarts, it becomes dull. The dog rubs the affected skin on various objects. On the affected areas, the skin is covered with scratches and abrasions, inflamed.
With strong lice in an animal develop:
This is especially evident in puppies. Dermatitis, eczema or neurodermatitis can be the result of the disease. Upon careful examination of the dog, adult insects are visible and white grains attached to the fur - their eggs. Most often, lice prefer the tips of the ears, the holes in the body and the place where the wool gets tangled.
In addition, the dog may be a carrier of lice. The only symptom of the disease is seborrhea.
How does a dog get lice?
The traditional way of spreading lice is contact with infected animals. In addition, it is possible and household path through the objects. The owner of the dog can bring eggs of parasites on clothes or shoes from the street. Puppies are infected from their mother in the first minutes of their life.
The lice is most intense during the cold season, although it is observed at all times of the year. The spread of the disease has poor nutrition, poor hygiene, crowded animal living, solid age.
How to get dog lice and methods of prevention
Dog lice never attack a person and rarely a cat. However, they cannot be ignored, since they can carry dangerous infectious diseases. A dog affected by lice must be isolated from other animals until it is completely cured.
For the destruction of parasites on the skin of the dog using insecticidal drugs. For example, 0.5-1% solutions:
- Advanteydzhutoks and others
Some preparations are contained in special shampoos for dogs. Also in pet stores you can buy special drops and processed collars. A few hours after processing the animal, you need to carefully comb out its hair with a frequent metal comb, and destroy the combed parasites.
After using the drugs, the dog needs to change the litter and thoroughly wash and treat the cells, beds, booths, rooms. Floors and equipment process 1-2% chlorophos solution. Dog brushes and clothes need to be boiled. It is also necessary to give the dog a pill for worms, because of the parasites the immunity is significantly reduced. It may not be enough to use a single shampoo, because it is better to use it two or three times.