Types of Lice
Here’s a short list of the different types of pet lice found afflicting pets worldwide:
- Heterodoxus spiniger is an Australian chewing louse that is almost 3 mm long. Its place of origin has to do with how it is transmitted to local dogs. It finds it way by infecting feral dogs who transmit it to local dogs and so on.
- Linognathus setosus is a bloodsucking louse that is also known as the dog sucking louse. Its size ranges from 1.5-2.5 mm long. If you want to check whether your dog is infected with this species, look for the louse on head, neck, and breast.
- Trichodectes canis is similar in length to the other louse species. Since it is a chewing louse, it will be found chomping on the ears, neck, and back of dogs.
- Felicola subrostratus is a small chewing louse that is mostly found on stray, weakened, old, or neglected longhaired cat breeds.
The most natural way of dealing with lice is to mix lemon juice and water together. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and use it to treat a pet that has lice. Lemon juice contains limonene, which is an insecticide. Even if your cat doesn’t like its smell, it won’t be toxic for your cat.
After you have made the solution, mist your pet’s fur with it. Then use flea/lice comb to comb the wet fur, so that the lice will fall out of it. Combing the fur will also get rid of the nits or the lice eggs.
Unlike fleas, lice won’t be found in the pet’s bedding. They like to confine themselves to the pet, which is where they will live, breed, and feed. Even so, you might want to check the collars, grooming tools, bedding for any presence of lice.
I hope these tips helps you get your pets lice-free!