My UNWANTED friend…
Hello and Good Morning fellow pet advocate…
Yesterday a friend asked me to look at some chickens.
Friendly little guys, and they were more than happy to have me pet them?
These chickens like people…they were raised by hand as little chicks with many children handling them
SO the chickens seem to be pecking at their feathers MORE often.
As IF they are itchy.
I picked them up and had a long look.
Which revealed lice.
Of course I told my friend NOT too worry
Lice are ‘species specific’…meaning dogs may have dog lice, BUT you or I can’t get these..
After feeling all smart after diagnosing this cause of chicken illness
I was getting ready to work on a newsletter, I felt SOMETHING crawl up my neck…
Up INTO my hair.
A slap to the back of my neck revealed this:
A subsequent rapid removing of clothes and long shower made me feel MUCH happier 🙂
The point of all of this?
1.I am not always right…Back to my mantra of QUESTIONING what you are told….
2.You can get some diseases from animals..although it is very unusual
3.Regularly examine your pet- I advise weekly
4.I don’t LIKE having critters crawling on me!!
5.Lice are common critters…Here is what you need to know about dog lice:
Your pet is very itchy. On closer inspection you find small grayish creatures attached to your pet’s skin (they resemble miniature crabs). You may also find small white nits (louse eggs) attached to your pet’s hair.
Lice are very infectious, and are transmitted from dog to dog by direct contact. They live their entire life on your dog, so they are not usually transmitted from the environment. They are species specific, meaning you or your cat cannot get them from your dog. The lice life cycle is 21 days; a new set of adult lice are around every 21 days unless you break the cycle.
SHAMPOO. Lice are sensitive to traditional flea shampoos containing pyrethrins. Shampoo your pet twice a week for 4 weeks. Leave the shampoo on for 10 minutes at a time.
ADVANTAGE. This is a topical insecticide available from your veterinarian, if your pet has a bad infestation and/or natural remedies are not effective. I often use it in conjunction with shampooing. Apply it every 2 weeks for 3 treatments. This should eliminate the lice.
BRUSH AWAY. Purchase a small comb at a pet supply store (flea comb). Brush out your pet after shampooing. You will remove the adults as well as their eggs.
FEVERFEW FLOWERS. Natural Pyrethrins – these are where the first flea sprays came from. Get a handful the flowers, steep in hot water, cool and pour over your dog or cat. This will temporarily paralyze the lice.
MULLEIN. Another herb that can be made as a decoction/tea and rinsed on your pet.
HORSEWEED. A urinary astringent that also is an effective lice repellent. Once again apply it topically.
PREVENTION. Regularly check your pet for lice. One or two lice are easy to remove with a comb and shampoo.