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We found this bug in our bathroom not sure what it is was

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We found this bug in our bathroom not sure what it is was hoping that you could let us know. My kids have been getting some bites was curious if this could've been the cause.

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This appears to be a louse. Please see images of lice here:

Dogs can contract lice and you know that kids can contract head lice. Lice aren't contagious from dog or cats to humans, however. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
this looks like an animal kind of lice? We also have some bite marks we thought they were fleas could it be the lice or cannot be fleas? So the cat lice cannot be on human hair correct? They are two different kinds

Here's a pic of a dog louse:

It looks like the pic you send me but I must admit that I'm not a louse expert! Correct, we don't consider dog or cat lice contagious to people. If your only pet is a cat, she isn't likely to be the culprit. I can't remember ever diagnosing a louse infection in a cat although it's certainly possible if a cat spends time outdoors and associates with other cats.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I have dogs too.

Ah! If they've associated with other dogs they could carry lice. This is unlikely if their skin is normal and they haven't been pruritic (itchy), however. Because lice aren't considered contagious from dogs or cats to humans, by the principle of Occam's Razor, a human brought the louse into your home.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you!

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