We call our dogs our furry friends, and it’s a fitting moniker. They’re full of fur, and they’re loyal friends.
They romp around, shedding hair all over the house. Outside, they roll in the grass, picking up fleas, ticks, and smells, rolling in who knows what. But, we still hug and pet them, because after all, we love them for being the loyal creatures that they are.
But, with all that fur, they can also pick up unwelcome passengers along their way. So, is it possible to get lice from dogs? Fido can get fleas, but can he get lice? And, if he’s got them, should you forego petting him until he’s cured to prevent getting them yourself?
Dogs Can Get Lice
The reality is, dogs can get lice. And, they usually get them from contact with another dog that has them.
So, why don’t you ever hear anyone say that they’ve gotten a case of lice from their dog?
It would make sense that dogs with lice can give lice to people. But, if we go a little bit in-depth on the different species of lice, we can get to the bottom of the question.
A Species of Lice for Every Host Species
The answer lies in the nature of the individual species of lice. Each is adapted to target a particular host species. The claws of lice are adapted to cling to the hair of specific animals. From the look of all that shed hair on your pillows and furniture, it’s clear that dogs have a different kind of hair than humans. Lice species that feed on dogs can grip their hair, while with human hair they can’t get a toehold.
Lice cannot live for very long away from a warm host, and they cannot survive more than a few days between each blood meal. So, if they can’t cling to the hair of a host, they won’t infest them. Because of this, humans have no danger of being targetted by dog-infesting lice.
If your dog is itching and you find lice and nits in his fur, you don’t have to worry about separating him from your kids or keeping him outside. But, It’s a good idea to get him treatment by a veterinarian to remedy the infestation.
Treating Lice in Humans
If you, or your child, or even your whole family have been struck by a case of lice, you can be sure that the infestation came from another human. Also, you don’t have to be concerned with the health of your pets because of the species-specific difference.
When you have a case of head lice in the family, you need somewhere to turn for treatment. Shampoos made for killing lice and similar products have become less effective over the years as lice have adapted to them. Also, with their chemicals, they may not be healthy to use.
The good news is that Lice Clinics of America has developed cutting-edge technology that can eradicate any infestation of lice. With a 90 minute treatment that uses hot, dry air to dehydrate the lice and eggs, you’re guaranteed a total resolution of any infestation in humans.
Our treatments are entirely chemical-free, and the treatment process is comfortable, providing a sure and pleasant remedy for lice.