know your dog ringwormIf your dogs at home have ringworm, then it is not impossible that you too could possibly be infected by it. Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a group of fungi called “dermatophytes”. These ringworm causing fungi prefer to live on human and animal skin. Why? It is because dermatophytes feed on keratin and keratin can mostly be found on areas of the body such as nails, scalp, feet as well as the groin. Keratin is not only found on humans but animals as well such as cats, dogs, sheep and cattle. They also love to live on areas that are warm and moist.
Before you get any of those fungal infections, it is best if you get them off your dogs as soon as possible.
Here are ways on how to get rid of ringworm in dogs:
Trim. But please, if you do not know how to give your pup a haircut, don’t even think about it! As much as possible, have an expert do it since dog hairs are much more delicate than human hair. If you see any ring on your dog’s skin, use electric clippers to remove the hair from that part so that it will be easy for you to treat the affected area especially with the use of ointments. The medication will take effect on the ringworm directly because there would be no dog hair to block it. Avoid using a pair of scissors since this will only leave cuts on your dog.
Wash. Give the affected area a good wash with the use of anti-fungal soap or antiseptic soap that contains povidone iodine and chlorhexadine like Betadine Skin Cleanser. Washing will prevent the spread of the fungus on other areas of your dog’s body.
Shampoo. It is best to shampoo your dog’s hair every other day with the use of 0.5% chlorhexidin shampoo, 2% miconazole shampoo or ketoconazole shampoo. These shampoos will help get rid of the lesions and will help your dog’s hair grow back.
Creams and Ointments. When it comes to treating dogs, it is best to use creams and ointments. However, it is still recommended that you take your dog to a veterinarian first before using any OTC creams and ointments. It is important to have a proper diagnosis of your dog’s condition in order to provide an effective treatment.
Griseofulvin. Griseofulvin is a drug in tablet form that should be administered daily for 30 days. Most veterinarians prescribe this drug over OTC creams and ointments. Every administration should be followed by fatty food or any meat.
There are other ways to get rid of ringworm in dogs, but it is important not to roughly treat the ringworm. As much possible do it in a gentle and gradual way. Your dogs need your tender loving care even in treating their affliction.