What are nits?

Nits – this is the term that usually refers to the lice’s eggs. These are tiny parasitic organisms that can survive on the surface of the skin. At a closer glance, you will see the lice seen as brownish entities on the dog's skin. Next, the nits will be seen as the tiny eggs that seem to be glued to the hair or attached to the dog's coat. The nits will also appear as small clear white like spots on different parts of the dog’s hair. These  can easily be dealt with especially with the proper guidance of a vet. The treatment usually involves the use of an anti-parasitic medication. These drugs are said to be very potent in eliminating the nits.

Lice infestation is a very common problem that usually affects, not just humans but also, dogs. Oftentimes, they are also considered as harbingers of certain diseases involving animals. They are host specific and so they will not survive well in a different host from the ones they originally dwelt upon.

Lice in dogs are usually of two distinctive types which include the biting type and the sucking type. The biting lice are said to be the most irritating to the dogs. When the latter gets infected, they often bite themselves or rub their bodies against something rough. Lice infestations are often seen during the winter months as high temperatures can kill the lice. That’s why most diseases associated with lice infestation do not prevail in summer time.

In your pet, you may note that he easily gets irritated with some of his body parts such as the openings of the body. One popular irritating area is by the ear tips. You will also note some areas of entangled hair in the animal. In this connection, the infected dog may not feel the itch but assuredly he will have some scaly skin areas.

In cases wherein the more sensitive dogs experience itching, they worsen the problem through constant scratching. Lice infestations often occur in places whereby dogs live in a crowded environment. This is also common in younger dogs due to bad hygiene. Nevertheless, when lice infestation occurs in older dogs it may be accompanied with some devastating diseases.

Sometimes, you may confuse lice infestations with mite infestations especially with the Cheyletiella and the very common Sarcoptes mange. In this regard, it is important to note that lice infestations are known to cause biting. This is where the problem kicks in.

Generally, nits can occur in any dog breed that’s why you should first be looking into some ways to prevent the prevalence of lice infestations rather than on the course of actual treatment. Prevention comes first before treatment. In this regard, regular grooming is certainly one of the best ways to ensure that your pet does not get infected with lice. Make a habit of brushing the hair of the dog regularly (but not too often). Moreover, dog shampoos and spraying can be used to get rid of lice and nits. These shampoos can be obtained from various pet shops and other places such as the veterinary clinic. Taking the dog for a lice and flea dip may also be another way to get rid of this problem the easy way.


This pet health article is for reference only.

If your pet is showing any symptoms or distress, and you suspect your pet is ill CONTACT YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY.