Though lice infestation is not deadly for the dog, it is important that you treat your dog immediately when you see signs of the infestations.
Unfortunately, many dog owners are unaware of what they need to do to get rid of the lice infecting their pet’s body. And in this post, we list out seven things you must keep in mind when treating your lice infested dog. While our blog’s mascot is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, these tips apply to any breed.
Comb The Dog
The first thing you must do is to comb the dog’s coat thoroughly. Make sure that you use a comb with narrow teeth. Wide tooth combs won’t be as effective as the narrow ones when it comes to removing the lice. On the downside, you need to spend a lot of time combing the hair to remove the lice from your pet’s body. But on the plus side, no chemicals are used on the dog. As such, this is the best natural way to get rid of the lice. Make sure to give extra attention to areas like groin, ears, armpits etc. since these regions tend to contain the most concentration of the pest. And when these lice get caught in the comb, make sure that you immerse it in hot water for a few minutes to kill them off. Only then should you apply the comb on the dog’s coat.
Shave The Fur
While combing it’s a good way to remove lice, it still does not guarantee 100% lice removal. Some of the lice can still remain stubbornly attached to the hair follicles no matter how well you comb. And if the hair is matted, then it is almost guaranteed that there will be lice in between those hairs. The best way to deal with the problem is by shaving off the fur of your dog. This will remove all lice that is clinging on to the dog’s hair. Plus, it will also expose the maximum skin of your pet, which allows you to use a topical treatment much more effectively.
You can now apply a topical treatment on the skin to completely kill out any of the lice infecting your pet. Your nearby dog store should be able to recommend a good treatment product to use on the dog. As a rule of thumb, only buy items that contain ingredients like Lime-sulfur, Pyrethroid, and Pyrethrin since these have been observed to be the most effective in removing lice and other harmful pests for your dogs. A few other things that will also be useful in getting rid of lice include Selamectin and Imidacloprid.
Shampoo The Dog
You must also shampoo the dog properly when bathing it. There are dog shampoos available that are specifically aimed at killing off lice and other pests on the dog’s coat. Make sure that you only buy such products. Plus, when shampooing the dog, lather it up very well and leave it like that for a few minutes before you wash it off. This will provide you the best results when it comes to killing the lice.
When your dog is infested with lice, it will shed a lot of hair, which will probably be spread over the floor. And these hairs can still contain some lice on them. As such, you need to vacuum clean your dog’s living area and ensure that all hairs have been removed from the place. Plus, remember to dispose the contents of the vacuum bag safely at a faraway spot to avoid any chances of lice infesting your pet again.
You must also sanitize and disinfect the utensils used by your dog. The lice can get on these things due to the constant contact with the dog. In the same way, the lice that exist on the utensils can also get back on the dog once the animal uses the items. So, even if you get rid of the lice on the dog’s coat, your pet is still at risk of being infected with lice once more. By cleaning and disinfecting the utensils, you protect your dog from such immediate lice infestations.
Finally, it is also recommended that you steam clean the room where your dog lives. This is because the lice eggs can be scattered throughout the room. And when these eggs hatch, your dog will again be at risk of lice infestation. By steam cleaning the room, you will effectively kill off any lice eggs in the room. It is recommended that you steam clean the dog’s room once a week for about six weeks.
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