Dog louse

Dog Louse

Dog Louse

( Latin: Linognathus setosus )

Although very similar to the human louse, there is very little chance of a human becoming infested with dog lice. Like their relatives these parasites are very much tied to their own specific host. They mostly live on the back, flanks and at the root of the tail of dogs. In addition to the irritation that they cause these lice are also intermediate hosts for one of the dog’s intestinal worms. The infection takes place when the dog swallows infected lice as it scratches itself.