Ringworm in Pets and How to Avoid It

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Ringworm is not, as the name suggests, a disease caused by a worm. It is instead a fungal infection of the skin, also known as "dermatophytosis."

Ringworm is very infectious and easily transmitted from one person to another. Ringworm may affect a wide variety of animals, including dogs and cats. Ringworm may infect humans as well, and you can catch it from an infected pet or another sick person.

How Can a Dog or Cat Get Ringworm?

Ringworm can be transmitted to your dog or by contact with another affected animal or person. He can also become sick by coming into contact with contaminated materials like grooming equipment, bedding, or dishes. Fungal spores present in the soil can potentially infect them.

Ringworm is more frequent in cats than in dogs, but both species are susceptible. In comparison to adults, puppies and kittens have a higher risk of infection. Yorkshire Terriers, hunting and working dog breeds, and Persian cats appear to be at risk.

How Can a Person Get Ringworm?

Ringworm may be contracted by coming into touch with infected dogs. They can, however, become infected by coming into touch with sick persons as well as contaminated objects and surfaces.

How Can You Protect Yourself From Ringworm?

If you suspect your pet has ringworm, make an appointment with your veterinarian right away. It's possible that all of the animals in the house will need to be treated. Even pets that exhibit no indications of the illness might have been exposed.

Ringworm spores are very hard to kill and can survive for over a year in a contaminated environment. It is important to get rid of the spores when treating ringworm for your dog or cat.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling your pet. Traumatized skin (open wounds and abrasions) is more susceptible to ringworm, so keep these areas clean and covered.
  • Wash your pet's bedding, toys, grooming utensils, dishes and other paraphernalia with a disinfectant that kills ringworm spores.
  • Any pet supplies that cannot be disinfected should be discarded.
  • Vacuum your flooring regularly to remove loose hair. The spores can survive on these hairs.
  • If possible, keep infected animals isolated in an easy to clean and disinfect area.

Remember that you can catch ringworm from other individuals. If someone has ringworm, don't share clothes, towels, or other objects with them. When using public locker rooms or showers, wear sandals or slippers.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.


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