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Lice infestation Owner Factsheet

Also known as pediculosis and nits, lice infestation is a parasitic skin disease in horses. Biting and sucking lice can infest a variety of hosts, including cats, dogs, horses and people. Lice are host-specific, for example dog lice only affect dogs, and horse lice only affect horses! This means that humans can't be infested with lice from animals.

Image: Pediculosis: lice
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What lice can infect my horse?

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What are the signs of infestation?

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How do horses get lice?

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How is an infestation diagnosed?

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Can my horse be treated?

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How can I prevent my horse from infestation?

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