Children Do Not Get Lice from Pets
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Q. Are the lice that are on pets the same as the lice that are on children?
A. Lice tend to be highly species specific. This means that each species of louse almost exclusively infects one particular species of animal, such as only dogs or only cats or only people. There have been cases of the human crab louse being transmitted to dogs, but this is rare.
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