Ringworm on Your Dog

ringworm on dogs - the telltale pink areaRingworm on your dog can be treated using this information on ringworm in dogs including how to treat it and how to spot the symptoms. Ringworm is a fungus that can not only infect dogs but it can infect other kinds of animals and it can infect people. It easily passes from pet to human or human to pet and is extremely contagious. When sharing your home with animals, being aware of its symptoms and signs is very important to control it.

 

Patches of missing hair characterise ringworm when visible on dogs. The fungus attaches to the hair follicles. The hair gets damaged, becomes brittle and then falls off after breaking. Eventually the bald spots to reveal what looks like a circle with raised edges and the dog’s skin can be seen through the very thin hair that is rapidly becoming thinner. There may be a light colored spot in the center. It almost always results in your dog becoming uncomfortable and very itchy.

 

Furthermore, another characteristic is that the dog’s skin may also become scaly, crusty, or red. Due to the itching, the dog can easily spread their infection to other parts of their body by their scratching. The dog`s infection can also be spread through bedding and blankets and can spread to all animals in the house, humans, dogs, cats and the soil can all be infected unless you treat the ringworm immediately, thoroughly and extensively.

Ringworm on Your Dog – The Vet

Take your dog to a vet if you suspect your dog has ringworm. Your vet will look at the skin under a special ultraviolet light or will take a scraping from the skin and then will test it. The vet will then be able to determine if the fungus does exist on your dog.

 

It may take between one and two weeks for the test results to be returned and before the vet can identify the cause of the worrisome spot. Only after this can your vet suggests a course of ringworm on dogs - showing the protective sleeve over the dog leg suggested by the vetmedication and action.  Here is the problem though. There is a 10 day incubation period between occurrence and exposure of the ringworm. So by the time you have taken your dog to the vet, your dog has already been infectious for at least 10 days and then to wait until another 10 days can really allow the fungus to settle in take hold of everything. That is a total of 20 infectious days during which your dog can spread the infection throughout the house, to the children, the cat and into the soil. Not so good. You will have your reasons to suspect a ringworm infection, so you should perhaps fence off a piece of yard or find somewhere to keep your dog almost quarantined. Begin treatment with the treatments described below and then the vet can either confirm or dismiss your fears that your dog has ringworm. At least you will have a head start on containing the infection if the vet confirms your fears.

Ringworm on Your Dog – Treatments

There are a variety of treatments that you can use to rid your dog of ringworm. All are simple to do, but do take time and persistence. You need to be really thorough as it is possible to be unsuccessful in completely ridding your home or your dog of ringworm and then you will have ongoing reoccurrences if this is the case.

 

You will need to stay on top of the eradication process and put in the work so that it can be quickly removed. The first step is to keep your dog to a limited area, such as in a cage then you need to start treating your dog. Hopefully you can convince your vet to prescribe cream, medication, or shampoo before the test results come back from the lab.

 

A daily dose of medication will most likely be recommended for your dog and you should follow the instructions. Creams are not as effective because your dog can simply lick the cream off or can rub it off. Anti-fungal shampoos work well since you treat your dog without the dog being able to disrupt the treatment. You will most likely need multiple shampoo treatments. The shampoo is smeared all over the dog’s body and you rub it in as you do when washing your own hair. The shampoo will get rid of the microorganisms from the hair and will help to get rid of the microorganisms that are still dormant. Repeat the treatment as per directions. 

Ringworm on Your Dog – Eradicating the Ringworm

it is essential to wash  infected materials in hot water and bleach  It is important to also eradicate the ringworm infection from throughout your house along with the treatment of your dog. You need to use bleach and hot water to wash your dog’s bedding every day until 10 days after the last lab result comes back negative for ringworm infection.

 

Try to avoid becoming infected yourself. You do this by avoiding direct interaction with your dog. All of the animals in your house need to be treated at the same time. So make sure that you treat them as well if you have other dogs or cats living in your home. They will not be harmed if you wash them with the shampoo whether or not they have ringworm. They soon will have ringworm if you do not do this. If you do not treat the ringworm completely and thoroughly you will have a household of reoccurring infections.   Maximum effort in the beginning will reap its rewards.

 

An overview of ringworms can be found here.  More information from these sites WebMD and Wikipedia here.