How To Remove Lice On Dogs

Even if a dog is groomed and cleaned regularly, he or she can still develop lice. It can be difficult to spot lice with the unaided eye, so you may want to consider using a magnifying glass. Lice are gray, flat and wingless. They are about a 1/12 of an inch long. Dogs can develop lice by coming in direct contact with another dog that has been infected.

A lice infestation can cause discomfort and itchiness. It can also cause the dog to become anemic if it is left untreated. Dogs who have poor health are much more likely to suffer a lice infestation. Fortunately, there are several ways that dog lice can be treated. Below are some tips for treating dog lice:

 

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You can use shampoo to get rid of dog lice. You should buy a natural dog shampoo, or one that has d-limonene, which is an insecticide that is derived from citric acid. Wash the dog’s fur with the shampoo for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

The shampoo will probably kill all of the adult lice. However, the nits, or eggs, will continue hatching for a few weeks. That is why you will need to give the dog a bath every day until all of the lice are killed. If you pick lice off of the dog, then you should put them in a sealed bag and dispose of them.

You should use a nit comb after you have bathed the dog. The nit comb will help you get rid of the eggs and dead lice. Keep in mind that lice only feed and breed on the dog. That is why you will not have to worry about treating the dog’s bed, toys or any other pet area.

 

Topical Insecticide Treatments

If you cannot get rid of dog lice with shampoo, then you may want to contact your dog’s veterinarian. You can get a prescription for a topical insecticide treatment from your veterinarian. Topical insecticide treatments are typically applied twice a week for up to six weeks.

Additionally, topical insecticide treatments can be used to prevent lice from developing. Your dog’s veterinarian may recommend that you give your dog a topical insecticide treatment once a month in order to prevent lice from returning. Insecticides not only treat and prevent lice, but they are also effective for treating and preventing fleas and ticks.

Dog lice can cause serious problems if it is not treated. You can use a special shampoo to treat dog lice. You may also want to consider taking your dog to the veterinarian and getting a topical insecticide.

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