Ringworm Treatments for Your Dog

February 1, 2010

in Cat Health

Ringworm in dogs is very common. A lot of other animals, including the human animal are also susceptible to ringworm. Ringworm, because it is highly infectious, is easily transmitted between animals and humans, and humans to animals. If you share your residence with pets such as dogs or cats, it’s imperative to beware of ringworm and its symptoms..

Bald spots on your dogs skin is typically an warning of a ringworm infection. Ringworm causes the hair follicles in the infected area to harden and break off at the foundation. The ringworm dog skin in the area of the infection will appear as a red raised circular rash. It may look kind of crusty or flaking, with the center area appearing mostly normal.

The bald spot created by the ringworm rash will probably appear as a red crusty ring. In the middle of the rash the skin will look normal. The rash is also very itchy and your dog will likely scratch the spot if he can reach it. Scratching the rash will likely cause the rash to spread to other areas of the dog’s body. If the dog comes into contact with furniture the rash can easily spread to humans from this indirect contact.

The best way to establish if your dog has ringworm it to have your vet check him out. The vet can scrape the skin and take a sample for an correct analysis. The veterinarian can determine the right course for treatment once the test results come back. There are quite a few treatment options available. All are relatively simple to put into practice but must be carried through to the very end to ensure the rash will not reoccur. The incubation period for ringworm is 10 days, which makes it very difficult to fully get rid of the fungus. You need to work hard to disinfect on a regular basis so the fungus is thoroughly eliminated. Always follow your vet’s prescribed treatment to the tee. The most common prescribed medication is an anti-fungal shampoo. Anti-fungal creams do not work properly on dogs since they will lick them off. Shampoo will eliminate the fungus spores from the hair and treatment is applied all over the dog’s body at once helping to get rid of fungus spores that have not yet revealed symptoms. Most likely more then one bath treatment is required to rid your dog fully.

Because ringworm spreads so effortlessly its important to treat your dwelling as well as your dog. Cleanse any areas everywhere your dog frequents in the house.Don’t forget to cleanse the dog’s bed each day. And avoid contact with your dog until the rash is totally gone. The shampoo provided by your vet can be used to cleanse the dog’s bedding. The one thing above all else you must do is stick to the treatment plan fully to the end. Once the fungus is gone it may be a excellent idea to take your dog back to the vet for a follow up exam just to make sure the ringworm fungus is totally gone.

Accurately spotting ringworm in you dog is key to proper treatment. For additional information click on the link http://RingwormRemedy.com.slhost3.com and while your there feel free to sign up for our free email mini-course “10 Steps to Curing Ringworm”

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