February 28, 2014
Dear Valued Customer:
We have been working hard on making improvements to Animal Daycare and Boarding. It is important to us that we provide your dog a healthy environment as well as freedom, fun and exercise. So when we were told one of our dogs had canine lice we were shocked. We cleaned and cleaned some more. Then another dog got it; even with our extra cleaning and sanitizing, canine lice was still a problem. So I went to the internet and I called my veterinarian and I learned this:
· Years ago canine lice was nearly unheard of but with the increase of dogs socializing in dog parks, dog show events and doggie daycares canine lice infestations are now common place.
· Canine lice are parasites, they are flat, gray & wingless, they are small but you can see them, they move slowly. Push the dog’s fur out of the way to look for them; they attach themselves to the skin. Groomers are often the ones to discover the lice when using a high-powered blow dryer.
· Canine lice live only on dogs and cannot infect you, your family, or pets other than dogs; but spread from dog to dog.
· Excess scratching &/or chewing on themselves that results in bald spots may be caused by canine lice; it is uncomfortable for the dog & should be treated right away.
· The best way to treat canine lice is to take your dog to your veterinarian, bathe your dog with a pyrethrin medicated shampoo & thoroughly clean your dog’s environment.
· To prevent canine lice have your dog receive a monthly preventative that can be given orally or topically. Contact your veterinarian about using Frontline, Advantiks, Advantage, or Revolution as a preventative measure.
Currently we are not aware of any of the dogs having canine lice. If and when we find a dog that has canine lice, we will notify the dog’s owner and ask that the dog not attend daycare until he or she has been treated. Please keep an eye out for these pesky parasites, as we will, and together we can keep the dogs we love free of canine lice.
For more information on canine lice please visit these websites: www.vet.bc.com or www.petsadviser.com or www.petmd.com
Animal Daycare & Boarding