Nearly 60% of Americans are pet owners, and Ringworm just happens to be one of the 5 most common infections that are spread by dogs and cats. Also known as dermatophytosis, Ringworm is pretty common and not something you need to get worked up about. However, if your dog does happen to catch this unpleasant skin infection, should treat it as quickly as possible.
Although it’s often confused for parasitic worms like tapeworm or heartworm, it’s actually a fungus that survives on old tissues such as dead skin cells and hair. Ringworm leaves a notably round, red patch of itchy skin. As it gets worse, you’ll begin to notice hair loss around the area, and it may be somewhat tender or painful to the touch.
Your dog will bite and scratch at the area if the itch is persistent enough, worsening the infection of course. Ringworm is highly contagious, so if one of your dog has it, it’s not unlikely that other in your home may catch it. Kittens and senior cats are more often diagnosed with this fungal issue than dogs and puppies; if you have a colony of feral cats in your area or got a cat from the local shelter, be sure to get them tested. It’s not a surprise if they do test positive!
Veterinarians generally recommend a couple of different topical medicines for treating ringworm in dogs and cats. One is chlorhexidine and the other is ketoconazole. When the two are combined they create a powerful remedy that is effective in getting rid of your dog’s skin infection. They work simultaneously as a disinfectant and as an antifungal to safely soothe your dog’s itch problem.
If your pet avoids receiving treatment like it’s the plague it might not be the actual medication, but the way that it’s administered that bothers your pet. Cats for example aren’t huge fans of being sprayed or bathed, so it’s not a surprise if they run away as soon as you pick up the bottle. If you’ve got a difficult kitty, try some medicated wipes instead!
Dogs on the other hand are little more forgiving, and don’t give us as much of a hard time when it comes to getting a nice warm, medicated bath. You know your pet best, so be sure to treat them accordingly, and don’t forget to be consistent.