Why your pet is having a nervous breakdown
By Mayo Clinic Staff Veterinarians in some states are reporting an increase in cases of pet lice in pets.
The problem has been linked to changes in the pets’ diets, especially if the pets have become obese, which can lead to lice being released into the environment, said Dr. Andrew Hirsch, a veterinary infectious disease specialist at the University of Missouri.
Lice, which are often fatal, are the most common cause of pet allergies.
Hirsch said pet lices can be easily transmitted through direct contact, or if the pet gets infected by a flea bite.
It’s also possible that the pet will be in close contact with a person who has lice, and the person will then pass the bacteria to the pet, Hirsch told Healthline.
Humble, shy, or overly sensitive pet owners, as well as those who have recently adopted pets, are at higher risk, according to Hirsch.
“The people who were very sensitive were the ones who had a lot of pets,” he said.
Littering is also a possible risk.
“We’ve seen people littering in public spaces in the past, but we’ve also seen people who have just given up on caring for their pets,” Hirsch added.
“You see more and more of these cases, especially when the pets are older.”
It can be difficult to predict how many pets will become infected.
For instance, it can be hard to predict what level of infection a pet is likely to get.
“It’s hard to tell when someone is a high risk or someone who’s been neutered or is a very small risk,” Humble said.
“But we’ve seen it rise from about 100,000 to about 100 million in a matter of weeks.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of pet deaths in the U.S. was nearly double the number that occurred in 2015.
The most recent statistics from the U-M Veterinary Medical Center indicate that lice were diagnosed in 10 percent of the dogs and cats tested.
About two-thirds of pet owners said they would keep a pet if they knew it had lice.
Pet owners can get pet health care from the American Veterinary Medical Association, which recommends the following: Preventing the pet from having a food allergy.
Keep the pet in a clean and hygienic environment, including a good scratching area and a dry substrate.
If a pet has louse, make sure to wipe it out with soap and water and place the pet on a towel.