April 23rd, 2012
Ringworm is a common fungal infection among pets, especially dogs, cats, and even horses. The infection invades the hair and hair follicles. It is transmitted by spores in the soil that come into contact with the hair. But dogs and cats do not just get it, humans can too. Actually, humans can transmit the infection to their pets and vice versa. Children are actually very susceptible. Either way, it needs to be treated right away.
Warning signs include a spreading circle of hair loss with scaly skin at the center and a red ring on the periphery. The infection itself isn’t itchy, but a secondary bacterial infection with scabs can cause your pet to lick and scratch the area. The infection can also infect the nails which will be dry, cracked, and brittle.
The solution? Topical agents like shampoo. Malaseb and Ketochlor shampoo both fight the fungi and yeast. They can reduce the risk of transmission to other animals and humans and stop the spread of skin problems, reducing skin irritation and reactions. Read the labels of these shampoos though to make sure they are safe to use on your animal. Rescue Pet Supply carries both these brands, which can be very pricey through the vet, but much more affordable if purchased online.