Pesky Pet Problems: Ringworm

Make no mistake- ringworm is not a worm but a fungus. And your cats, dogs, or even rabbits can contract it just as easily as humans. Take care to watch your pet carefully when it is exposed to other animals outside, as this fungus is carried by a host that may or may not be immune to the ringworm.

The signs of ringworm are simple enough, for it usually appears as circular patches of broken hair on your pet’s body. It is a circle of red and inflamed skin with little hair, and usually a darker center. If you suspect your pet has ringworm, check to see how your pet reacts to it. Usually the skin can be itchy, and if it appears crusty or bumpy, then you’re likely to be seeing ringworm. It most often appears on the face, ears, tail, or paws of your pet, but can appear anywhere that your pet has come in contact with the fungus. Depending on your pet, the ringworm could appear differently. It is more common for cats, especially long-haired cats, to have multiple patches of ringworm on their body, whereas dogs usually only contract it in one location.

If you suspect your pet has ringworm, first make sure that it is separated from any other pets of yours that could be susceptible to the fungus. There are many home treatments available, but if you are concerned with the appearance of the ringworm, you may want to take your pet to the veterinarian. Ringworm is not a severe threat, as almost all dogs and cats infected with ringworm can cure themselves even if untreated, but if you have become aware of your pet’s condition, you should seek to reverse the ailment.

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