Lice are plural terminology in use for singular term louse, meaning parasitic insects. Having length approximately about two- three mm, these dependent bugs has body size equal to sesame seed.  Having daddy lengthy legs, Lice, can be found both on Anthropoid and in Canine.  Lice can be found fur coated skin of dogs. This occurrence of tiny mites on canine body is known clinically by the term “Canine Pediculosis”. The word “Pediculosis” is derived from Latin word. The intestate, lice do not spread disease harming eternal organ but affects the dermatology (Skin) of animals. These lengthy legged mites are not the aftermath effect for unhygienic and dirty habits (North Dakota Department of Health, 2012). As a caring pet parent, you don’t want your dog to be infected with any disease, at least note with disease   like the parasitic lice, Do you? Certainly, not. But how familiar are you, with occurrence and mitigation measures of such infection. You don’t have to read thousand of articles and waste long hours. Hold you patient and continue with the words from this blog section. While you read allow your pup to enjoy the mouth-filling and satisfying chews produced by us keeping your dogs health in center. You can purchase any of our product such as Tibetan dog chews – Himalayan Dog Chew , Antler’s and cheese puffs  from our website.

How lice appear on dog?

Trichodectes canine (T. canine) and Linognathus setous are the ectoparasite which can be seen on domesticated dogs. Both these canine pediculosis uses weak & unhealthy” Canis Lupus Familiaris” (Scientific name for domesticated dogs) as their primary host.  Picking out few important function, physical appearance of L.setous and T.canine , we  have found  following findings for you.

1. canine Or Trichodectes canine:

They bite and grind the scalp into small pieces making it easier to shallow, hence worldwide known as chewing parasite. Size and structure of T.canine differs between the domesticated and Raccoon canids due to the existence of polymorphism.  With help of mouth, they bite or shallow the fluid generated by the dogs skin.  This slow yet bad effect of T.canine causes damange of skin by constant itching, increase stress level leading ito hair loss and dry wound in the epidermis. Existence of canids ectoparasite for prolonged period weakens the host ability to endure cold and to fight with other diseases. Apart, T.canine louse help the host body by eating up the tapeworm found on host. These parasites can easily be discovered on upper head, lower- neck and lower –back. So, in the course of testing the presence of lice on your furry friend’s examine the mentioned area first. Lice on can be detected by our eye balls. These lice transmit from one dog to another by indirect contact such as use of grooming objects-Blades and many more lice contaminated tools.

Important Warning! When in physical contact with parasite infested dog sanitize your hands, as these parasites enable growth of dog tapeworm on humans, when consumed.

2. Linognathus setous:

This parasite show the suction function where they engulf blood from host body and are only found on canines having long hair. The high amount of RBC engulfing causes anemia. Commonly found on dog’s under-nourished and un-bothered having unhealthy lifestyle. They are visible to human eyes and may be present all over your dogs as they do not capture specific part of body.

Hence, there with direct and indirect contact pups get infected by tiny louse.  Other external factors contributing to multiplication and growth of lice in your pups threadlike coat – “the hair” are settlement in an over populated residential area and untreated sanitation.

 Interesting FACT:  

 Lice are “species- specific” which means dog lice can only be infected to the genera-canis and, not to any “Homo Sapiens”. But, when consumed by human, dog a louse gives birth to dog tapeworm inside stomach of “we” – “the humans“.



What happens when  lice grows inside your pups body?

Scratchiness: Your pup gets unpleasant feeling on their skin that makes them want to scratch. Roughly in fourteen to thirty eight days after infestation of lice on their body they get this sensation. However, this might be true if its second encounter of your dogs with the tiny mites.

When you separate our dog hair into different sections, tiny mites become visible. Although, they can be seen by our eye ball they are difficult to catch as they are quick to run whenever opened to light. Constant itching cause’s rashes so as a responsible pet parent you are to take closer examination of your dog’s body coat and adopt medical or home based treatment to get rid of these tiny parasites.

Loss of body hair: Lice bite the scalp from where dog’s hair follicle grows. They slowly dig inside the openings through which hair grows. Excessive insertion for prolonged period contributes for hair breakage. As a first symptom, you can take decrease in hair volume from areas such as tails and neck. When your eyes caught hold of such situation immediately quest for solutions by consulting a veteran.

Seborrheic Dematitis (Skin disorder): Parasites try to create suitable environment inside your four legged friend body coat so that they can stay active for longer duration. In order to maintain this they result they take help from sebaceous gland and produce sebum in excessive amount. The release of excessive amount of sebum makes your dog skin oily and smelly. This also changes skin color and makes it flaky. Hence, it will not be untrue for us to say that, tiny lice pave the pathway to  skin disease and bacterial infection on cadis.


How can you free your pup from such harming tiny mites?

Like many other dog health issues you can get rid of these tiny ectoparasite easily too. Do not panic! if you find your dog having such disastrous health issue. Its best advised to calm yourself up love your pup even more, treat them with our finest entertaining yet healthy chewing products  such as yak Dog chew, Antler’s and Cheesey puffs! With a calm mind, lets discuss about the possible solution which pet parents can adopt to.

Combing: Brushing your dog’s hair is easiest yet quickest solution you can adopt to, in order to release constant itchiness. Well-developed lice may be walking through the hair stands rather than on the scalps. So, choose a brush or comb having dense and close bristle.  These combs are commonly known as” nit-comb” .Then wet your dog’s hair and gently use the regular brushing technique. It’s sure for your dog to not let you touch them and will throughout shower you with tantrums while brushing. We advise you to lot to lose patience and support your friend as they need you!  Comb their hair daily twice a day for fast end result.

Anti-lice shampoo (Pyrethroids” &”Organophosphates): Take help from products which claim to remove lice from your dog’s body. wash your dog with them! When purchasing your product look for ingredient availability such as “Pyrethroids” and “Organophosphates” as they are most effective anti-lice agent.

If you own more than one pet, separate the lice infected one with others. Why? As mentioned earlier the parasites transmit easily to species of similar genus. In addition, clean all the materials owned by your pup such as his bed utensils and grooming tools. Also, keep your home clean and your pet in healthy and happy in order to prevent the lice infection on them. Happy holidays!

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