We are seeing a lot of lice on livestock every day now. Lice tend to take up residence more in the winter months. Please take a few minutes to part the animals’ hair and look for the adult lice or nits (eggs).
What might lead you to check your animal for lice?
Pale eyes or gums (indicative of anemia because lice SUCK blood)
Areas of hair loss on the animal
If you animal is slow moving, he/she will be prone to getting lice
What type of problems can lice cause for my animals?
Destruction of fiber
Poor hair coats
Increased chance of bacterial/fungal infection if the animal scratches enough to get open sores
What kind of lice are out there?
Lice are species specific, but are contagious within herds through contact.
Biting (bite into the animal)
Sucking (suck blood from animal)
How can I treat my animals for lice?
Cattle – Pour-on dewormers, injectable dewormers, many over-the-counter
topical products are available
Goats & Sheep – Injectable Ivermectin dewormers, Frontline for dogs
Alpacas and Llamas – Injectable Ivermectin, Frontline spray
Pigs – Injectable Ivermectin, topical products are available
How can I prevent lice?
Quarantine new animals and treat as necessary
Continue to monitor after treatment, make sure to dose properly