Luckily, ringworm is easily treatable and your dog will be back to his pawsome self in a matter of no time! If you notice the red lesions or circles on your dog, make sure to contact your vet, as the infection can spread to other animals and humans if left untreated.
Signs of Ringworm in Dogs
If you notice raised, knotty circular lesions (which may ooze), scales on the surface of the skin, inflammation or reddening of the skin, itchiness, darkened skin at the infected area, hair loss, or dull hair coat, it could mean your dog has ringworm. Be sure and contact your vet right away so the infection doesn't spread to other pets, or you.
- Scales on the surface of the skin
- Hair loss
- Darkened skin at the site of infection
- Brittle nails
- Poor hair coat
History of Ringworm in Dogs
The first major studies on ringworm in humans popped up in the 1900s around. During World War II, military doctors used mercury, iodine, and sulfur to treat the condition. The infection is very contagious and thrives in humid environments, which is one reason why so many soldiers contracted it in the South Pacific during the war.
Science Behind Dogs Getting Ringworm
In order to diagnose ringworm, your vet will do a fungal culture, which basically means they will take a few hair and skin follicles and add a culture to see what grows on it. Test results can take several days to a few weeks to come back, during which time your dog may need to be quarantined from other animals.
Impressively, ringworm can survive in a given environment for upwards of 18 months. If your dog does get the infection, the environment will need to be decontaminated in order to ensure no one else gets it.
Training Your Dog to Live with Ringworm
Today there are several treatment options for ringworm in dogs, including topical treatments such as medicated shampoos, creams, and ointments and oral medications. Your vet will have insight as to which is best for your dog.
How to React If Your Dog Has Ringworm
Call your vet
Sterilize your home
Don't touch the infected area
Keep other pets and children away from the dog with the fungus