Worm Advice

Biting Lice

How can my pet contract Biting Lice?

  • Lice are small wingless insects that spend their entire life cycle on the host
  • They are highly host specific, meaning that a dog louse will not infect a cat, and vice versa

How can my pet contract Biting Lice?

  • Transmission of lice occurs via direct animal contact

How will this parasite affect my pet?

  • Signs usually relate to the damage caused to the skin when the louse feeds
  • Very young, old or debilitated animals are most at risk from this parasite
  • Heavy infestations can result in intense itching
  • Damage to the skin from scratching can result in inflammation, hair loss and bacterial infections

Can this parasite affect my health?

  • Lice are highly species specific; the dog louse will therefore not affect humans