Summer is almost here, and if you’re like most Houston residents, then you’re already enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve had in the past few weeks. Much like you, your pet will probably be spending more time outside, and we regularly receive questions from concerned pet owners about whether or not they should worry about their pets catching lice. In today’s post, we’ll provide you with a quick guide that covers everything you need to know about lice and pets.

While we don’t provide lice removal for pets, we can treat you, your partner, your children, and anyone else in your household. We offer low rates and fast appointment times, and we can even provide your little ones with a certificate of lice treatment if their school requires it for reentry. Schedule an appointment here, and read on to learn more about lice and pets!

Lice in Dogs and Cats

As far as lice infestations in dogs and cats are concerned, there’s good news and bad news.

We’ll get the bad news out of the way first — pets can develop lice, but the good news is that the lice that attach to your pets are a different species than the ones that attach themselves to humans. Although the term “lice” is generally used in a way that suggests there’s only one kind, you should think of it more like “dog” in the sense that there are a number of different species. Trichodectes canis and Linognathus setosus are the two most common species that affect dogs, and Felicola subrostrata is the only species that can affect cats. This means that if your child comes home with lice after attending summer camp, or they develop them after returning to school in the fall, there’s nothing to worry about as far as your pets are concerned.

Lice Removal for Pets

In one of our previous posts, we mentioned that conventional lice treatments can be toxic to humans, and you should steer clear of using them on your pets, as well. If you suspect that your pet has lice, then bring them to your veterinarian as soon as possible for a diagnosis. They’ll recommend a shampoo or spray you can use to treat your pet without harming their skin or coat. Much like conventional lice treatment methods, you’ll also want to wash their bedding, combs, and thoroughly clean the areas where they usually sit or nap. Bring them back for an evaluation in a few weeks to ensure that the infestation was completely eliminated.

Contact Our Houston Lice Removal Specialists

We hope that today’s entry will help you should you ever need to treat your dog or cat for lice. If you, your children, or anyone else in your household needs fast and affordable lice treatment in Houston, then come to Lice Treatment Solutions today for an inspection. We offer all-natural lice treatments that won’t harm your skin or hair, and we also offer follow-up inspections for up to 30 days after your initial treatment.

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