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  1. laviolett10

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    Okay, so I was just sitting on my couch and saw this crawling on my dog. We did just come in from outside so I'm hoping maybe its some sort of outdoor bug? It looks to similar to a bed bug to me to just ignore though. If someone could let me know what when think ASAP I would really appreciate it. I'm concerned....

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    Definitely not a bed bug.

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    Oh my gosh! Thank You so much! Any idea what it could be? Also, how can I tell myself so I don't freak out and have to ask you guys. Because it does look sort of close right? Thanks again.

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    laviolett10 - 1 hour ago  » 
    Okay, so I was just sitting on my couch and saw this crawling on my dog. We did just come in from outside so I'm hoping maybe its some sort of outdoor bug? It looks to similar to a bed bug to me to just ignore though. If someone could let me know what when think ASAP I would really appreciate it. I'm concerned....
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/156670265@N04/shares/41o433

    Not an outdoor bug. It's a parasitic one - sucking louse.

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    Thank-you so much. That doesn't sound good though. Do I need to do anything, my dog is treated for flea/tick/lice. Will these bite humans? Thanks again!

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    laviolett10 - 11 hours ago  » 
    Thank-you so much. That doesn't sound good though. Do I need to do anything, my dog is treated for flea/tick/lice. Will these bite humans? Thanks again!

    Not quite sure if it's a dog louse or a human louse so that would be a head or body louse. Did you find many on the dog? The pictures are a bit out of focus when I zoom in.

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    Hi Lou, Thanks so much for responding again. Once you identified this as a "sucking lice" I took a closer look at the dog and did find more on her. That prompted a vet visit and they confirmed it is a dog specific form of lice under the microscope. Gross. Luckily, the Vet said these bugs are species specific and shouldn't effect or bite any of the humans in the house. The dog has been put on medication both oral and topical so hopefully we shouldn't have any other problems. Thanks again.

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    Dog lice! I did not know such a thing existed. Changed the title— thanks, Lou!

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    laviolett10 - 1 day ago  » 
    Hi Lou, Thanks so much for responding again. Once you identified this as a "sucking lice" I took a closer look at the dog and did find more on her. That prompted a vet visit and they confirmed it is a dog specific form of lice under the microscope. Gross. Luckily, the Vet said these bugs are species specific and shouldn't effect or bite any of the humans in the house. The dog has been put on medication both oral and topical so hopefully we shouldn't have any other problems. Thanks again.

    Dogs have both biting/chewing lice and sucking lice. The one species of sucking louse found on dogs is Linognathus setosus. I'd be interesting in seeing these lice - I suppose there are no specimens around? Did vet retain any?

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    Hi Lou, I did have 3 or 4 of these lice from the dog that I took to the vet. She looked at them under the microscope and then kept the samples! The vet told me it's actually pretty rare for a dog to get lice, and she hadn't seen a case in years. It's really strange because she is a tiny 7 pound dog that really doesn't got anywhere except for the Vet, so they are speculating she may have picked it up there. Anyway, if I find anymore on her I will absolutely save them for you. Should I send you a PM? Thanks so much for all your help.

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    laviolett10 - 11 hours ago  » 
    Hi Lou, I did have 3 or 4 of these lice from the dog that I took to the vet. She looked at them under the microscope and then kept the samples! The vet told me it's actually pretty rare for a dog to get lice, and she hadn't seen a case in years. It's really strange because she is a tiny 7 pound dog that really doesn't got anywhere except for the Vet, so they are speculating she may have picked it up there. Anyway, if I find anymore on her I will absolutely save them for you. Should I send you a PM? Thanks so much for all your help.

    Funny, if she picked it up there, then there should be another of their patients that has them. PM if you find more. Thanks.


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