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Can dogs get lice or mites from chickies?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by curliet, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. curliet

    curliet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2008
    west Michigan
    Our lab, Lil Spanky, has developed an itch this past week, and I know it must be making her crazy because her scratching is driving us nuts. I've looked her over very closely, and haven't been able to find any kinds of creepy crawlies like fleas or ticks or anything, plus we use Advantix regularly, and it works great. I did find some red irritated areas, where she's been biting and diggin tho. At first I suspected mosquito bites, as they were really fierce around here just before the weather changed. And I know that she did run through an area where there is some poison ivy. But that all was about 2 weeks ago. I gave her some Benadryl a while ago, and she seems to be getting some rest right now. Got any ideas?
  2. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    I know that chicken lice are species specific and dogs could not get that. Mites I am not sure. Good question for Miss Prissy you could try and PM her.
  3. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    Sticktight fleas can attach to mammals, but prefer birds, and you can see those just fine with your eye. Advantix does not kill mites or lice on dogs neither does Frontline. It kills fleas and ticks. Poultry lice and mites for the most part are very species specific, and might walk on you or your dog briefly and might even take a bite, but not infest. More likely your dog has a dog problem than a chicken one. They don't get poison ivy, but can give it to you via oils on the coat. Mosquito bite itch will be on the nose and other non haired parts. Dogs can itch due to contact allergy (common one is cedar beds), external parasite allergy (fleas, scabies, lice ect), pollen/mold, food, infection (fungal or bacterial) or a combination of the above. Talk to your vet to sort that all out in your dog if it's scratching is driving you nuts, it is probably driving her nuts too.
  4. ears73

    ears73 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    Westchester, NY
    I've been dealing with an itching dog since July! Driving me nuts and yes, most likely him too.

    Vet has tried soooooo many different things from injections every two weeks (for all 3 dogs!) which means washing every darn piece of cloth the pooches sit on -kid's bed, L.R. couch, 3 dog beds scattered about the house, even the playroom beanbag chairs. I have washed everything three times now. He is on a second dose of the Pro-meris (something like that, don't have it in front of me) and he is still itching....

    Food allergy might be, but he has not changed his diet. I was not concerned with the chickens and him because we have had them for longer than just July -but who knows? Following the posts anyhow to see if anyone else has a similar situation.

    *sigh* better get back to the washing....
  5. julie310

    julie310 New Egg

    Apr 17, 2012
    My dog has had a black rash for a year now. NO it is not flea dirt. I have had him to the vet 5 times this year and spent countless $$$ trying to figure this out. It is in one area of his belly. His is an inside dog and well taken care of. I have switched foods tried Benadryl and all kinds of meds and shampoos. My next store neighbor was talking with me the other day and had a similar problem with his dog. We have chickens walking and pooping all over both of our yards from a farm across the street. Starting to think it could be mites of some sort. You can not see anything but little back spots all over my dogs belly. He is chewing constantly and is misreable. Please, any thoughts on this...................
  6. Tunderwood

    Tunderwood Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2012
    Canada (B.C.)
    My Coop
    You need to start a new thread for this question, you will get more responses on this question.
  7. zane032900

    zane032900 New Egg

    Jul 15, 2013
    My dog has been itching for months and I have been using Castor oil from a dollar tree. and it is working good i just started using it. and i forget to use it twice a day and you may even have to put something on the dog to keep them for licking it of. you have to make sure that you rub it in past the hair or it will not working
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    Jun 24, 2012
    Poultry lice and mites live on chickens, but they can infiltrate houses, stalls, etc and cause other animals to have reactions to them.

  9. Nibblers

    Nibblers New Egg

    May 23, 2015
    Hi I saw this old post while investigating chicken lice and mites. Can you recommend how to deal with these on chickens and other pets. thanks
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    Jun 24, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! For lice and mites chickens most people use permethrin dust or spray. If you have lice on other pets you should contact your vet.


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