Can Pets Spread Head Lice?
This is quite a popular myth that has been around for some time and despite the best practices of professionals, refuses to go away! So we’ll tell you, you can not catch lice from you’re dog or cat, nor can you transmit lice back to them. We hope this clears up any stress you may have on the subject. Human lice need human blood to survive. They are unable to survive without it for any longer than 24 to 36 hours.
Dogs and cats get infestations from a completely different type of lice which is specific to dogs and cats. Meaning that, this lice variant has no effect on humans, it can only survive on dog and cat blood. Lice are species specific. So the species that live on household pets are not able to live on humans.
Cats can obtain a type of head lice known as Felicola subrostrata. While dogs can obtain two types including Trichodectes canis and Linognathus setosus. Besides all of this it may make you more comfortable in knowing that lice are not a commonly diagnosed parasite to animals.
If you have questions, concerns, or need to schedule a lice removal appointment; please give us a call at 914.424.1367. We provide lice removal service throughout New York, New Jersey & Connecticut.