Natural Ringworm Remedies in Dogs

Natural Ringworm Remedies in Dogs - Conditions Treated, Procedure, Efficacy, Recovery, Cost, Considerations, Prevention

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Natural Ringworm Remedies in Dogs - Conditions Treated, Procedure, Efficacy, Recovery, Cost, Considerations, Prevention

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What are Natural Ringworm Remedies?

Despite the misleading name, ringworm actually refers to a fungal infection in the hair fibers and epidermis of a dog’s skin, rather than the presence of a parasitic worm. There are a number of natural remedies that can be used to treat ringworm, all of which have the aim to prevent the spread of infection through elimination. Natural remedies are frequently used to combat dogs ringworm, especially at the early stages of the infection. Whilst the dog may need to be taken to the vet for diagnosis, natural remedies can be administered at home by the dog owner. 

Natural Ringworm Remedies Procedure in Dogs

Three of the most popular and effective natural remedies for treating ringworm are anti-fungal pet shampoo, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree oil. No preparatory steps are required, except an initial visit to the vet to have the ringworm diagnosed.

An anti-fungal pet shampoo will help fight and eliminate the infection. To use:

  • Wash your dog with an anti-fungal pet shampoo in the bath
  • Do this every other day until the infection has gone

Apple cider vinegar will relieve the itching and soreness of the infected area. To use:

  • Make a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water
  • Put the solution in a spray type bottle
  • Spray the infected area with the solution two to three times a day, as needed

Tea tree oil is said to have curative properties and will also aid with discomfort in the affected area. To use:

  • Dilute the tea tree essential oil with water, aiming for a percentage of 1%
  • Using cotton wool, apply the solution generously to the infected area
  • Repeat this process twice a day, for one week 

Efficacy of Natural Ringworm Remedies in Dogs

Many dog owners have reported significant success with the remedies above in preventing the spread and eradication of ringworm.  The anti-fungal shampoo is particularly effective in stopping the spread of infection as the whole dog is washed with the solution. 

There are alternative treatment options to combat ringworm. A vet may prescribe medicated shampoo and an ointment containing miconazole to kill the fungus. If the case is severe, they may also prescribe an oral medication to work in conjunction with any topical treatments. This alternative treatment option is usually effective in eliminating the ringworm, often with quicker results than natural remedies. 

Natural Ringworm Remedies Recovery in Dogs

The dog will not be adversely affected by the natural treatment options so will not require recovery time. An owner may start to see improvements in the infected area after a week of treatment. Improvements should be steady over the next month, and within a month or two the dog could be fully healed. The dog may need to be taken to the vet’s if the condition worsens, but if the infected area clears up, no follow-up appointment will be necessary. The owner should continue to keep the dog well groomed and cleaned to diminish the chances of the dog contracting ringworm again.

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Cost of Natural Ringworm Remedies in Dogs

The cost of natural remedies to treat ringworm is low. Anti-fungal pet shampoo can be bought for between $10-$25. Apple cider vinegar can be bought for around $5. A 10ml vial of tea tree oil can be purchased for as little as $5. The only other cost will be for the initial diagnosis at the vet’s, which on average costs between $45-$55. The price could vary if you have a dog with a number of infected areas or if you needed to return to the vet for further appointments because the infection had worsened. But, overall natural remedies are an extremely cost effective treatment method. 

To use the alternative treatment method offered at the vets will cost considerably more. The initial diagnosis will cost between $45-$55. Topical creams and ointments could cost anywhere between $20 -$100. If medicated shampoo is also required, this could add anywhere between $10-$35 to the total cost. Whilst the medication from the vets is more expensive, it is more effective, with ringworm usually being completely eliminated within one to three weeks. 

Dog Natural Ringworm Remedies Considerations

The benefits of the natural treatment route are that they are safe and pose no harm to your dog. So there are no short term or long term implications associated with the natural treatment options. Medical treatment from the vet runs the risk of containing chemicals that a dog may be allergic to. Plus, excessive use of medication on a dog may be harmful in the long term. The only risks associated with the natural treatment options are that they will not eliminate the dog’s ringworm as swiftly. Plus, there is the possibility the natural treatments do not clear up the ringworm in its entirety. 

Natural Ringworm Remedies Prevention in Dogs

Ringworm is extremely difficult to prevent, as it is contagious. There are currently no reliable vaccines to prevent ringworm. There are certain steps that can be taken to prevent infection, though. Firstly, being aware of the dogs surroundings. Grooming facilities, kennels, dog shows and vets are all locations where there is a greater risk of infection. To the best of your ability, make sure the facilities are clean, including instruments being disinfected between animals. Keeping the dog’s environment clean is the most effective preventative measure an owner can take.

Rodents also play a part in spreading infections such as ringworm. If a dog has access to rodents in their immediate environment, it would be sensible to take necessary measures to eliminate the pests. This can be a very effective preventative measure, plus, reduces the risk of owners contracting anything from rodents in their house and garden. 

Owners can also prevent the spread of ringworm by monitoring their pets. If an owner sees excessive dandruff, sore patches, and an unusual amount of itching by the dog, then the owner may catch the infection at a primary stage. Treating ringworm early on will diminish progression and the chances of it spreading to other pets or humans in the house.

If an owner knows other pets have ringworm, then they must quarantine their own dog. If the neighbors dog has ringworm, then distance between them must be ensured at all times. Keeping the dog separate from other infected animals is an effective preventative measure.

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Natural Ringworm Remedies Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Miniature pincher

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Ten Weeks

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Red Circle

I have a lopsided red circle that showed up today oosing I think it’s ring worm but I’m not sure id like to show a photo

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Dr. Gina U. DVM

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Hello From what you are describing, it sounds like your pup has a circular lesion that is seeping. Unfortunately this platform is not set up for you to share pictures. It is recommended that you take your pup to a veterinarian for an exam. He or she will be able to check his skin and run some tests to give you a diagnosis. Good luck.

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Kobie

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Cackapoo

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9 Years

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What home remedies can I use to cure ring worm in my 9 year old Cackapoo. I went on vacation and as soon as I got back I like to bath him and saw some red patches but since he suffers from dry skin I thought it was that. I make sure he was all dry and when I was about to put his medicine, I notice something scary. It look as some ticks were under his skin and the areas were now dark red. I remembered flies hate peroxide so I soak all the infected areas with that and ran to the pharmacy looking for ketoconazole to find out I need a prescription. The pharmacist gave me something similar with less strength. I put to all areas and this morning I saw improvement. I called my vet so I could explained and see what else to do. Any suggestions? Thank you

July 18, 2018

Kobie's Owner


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It is best to bathe Kobie with a miconazole shampoo and then apply the cream supplied which has already shown some improvement; further treatment shouldn’t be necessary if you use the shampoo and cream as instructed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

July 19, 2018

Which cream and shampoo

Aug. 14, 2018

Manthan Suresh N.

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Bentley

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German Shepherd

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11 Weeks

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My 11 week old German Shepard has a cluster of red circles that are white in the middle, like a rash all over his lower belly/pelvis area. He had just gotten two of his shots earlier today too and not only did I not see it but I don’t believe the bets did either so I’m not sure if he had it earlier but now I’m concerned cause I found a huge tick or flea on him and I immediately bathed him in his treatment shampoo but it wasn’t until after I was putting him to sleep I noticed he had a little rash. I’m not sure what to do or how it got there or what it is. I also have two other small dogs (Malteese) and they never seem to get ticks or flees but my German Shepard always does? He’s happy, he’s playful he hasnt been itching it or licking it but I’m just worried.

July 7, 2018

Bentley's Owner

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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There are many things that could cause that rash, and it may be a good idea to have him seen again by his veterinarian, since they may have missed that rash and he may need treatment. As far as flea and tick control, that are many good preventive medications available to control those problems, and Bentley may need to be on regular prevention.

July 7, 2018

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Henry

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Chihuahua

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3 Months

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Bump On The Vaccination Area
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My dog was vaccined with anti rabies this June 18, 2018, on June 20, I noticed a bump on the vaccination spot and next to it is a bald spot with an oily surface. What can I do to treat it?

June 20, 2018

Henry's Owner

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A vaccine granuloma may form at the site of vaccination, these are usually self limiting (along with the hair loss) and resolve themselves after a few months; however other lumps may be due to seromas, abscess among others. Ideally you should return to your Veterinarian to identify the specific type of lump (to be on the safe side) and to determine if a course of treatment is required or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.aaha.org/guidelines/canine_vaccination_guidelines/vaccine_adverse_reactions.aspx

June 21, 2018

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Daisy

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Miniature Pinscher mix

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2 Years

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Ringworm

This morning I noticed some red round patches on my dogs stomach. There’s no hair loss at all and I haven’t really seen her scratch it or bother it at all. There’s also no hair loss or oozing, just three red flat patches. The outside is a darker red than the inside, like ringworm, but I also saw a picture of a dog with a similar rash who had fleas. The spots are only on her stomach. She didn’t have the spots yesterday, and if she did then she didn’t have all three she has now. Does this sound normal for ringworm?

May 4, 2018

Daisy's Owner

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Without seeing the spots I cannot say whether or not they are due to ringworm, flea bites or bites from other insects; from your description they sound more like bites to me but without examining Daisy I cannot say for certain. You should monitor the spots to see if more appear or if there is any change in the size or colour, if you have any concerns it would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

May 4, 2018

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Bodhi

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Standard Schnauzer

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2 Years

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Ringworm
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My dog Bodhi and I both contracted ringworm from some kittens that I rescued off the streets. I found a 100% natural solution that works for both humans and dogs in treating many different skin ailments, including ringworm. It’s called Thyme Out. It only cost $16 a bottle and it’s highly effective and efficient at treating and skin condition. It’s truly a “miracle drug!” I highly recommend trying it out if you or your dog have any skin issues. I’ve previously used it on my other dog’s skin allergies as well.

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Lightning

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Shephard mix

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1 Year

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My fur baby's hair falls out in 3 spots on his side and 1 spot on his neck. After about a week it comes back and grows in thick as before. He doesn't seem to itch because I never see him scratching. It seems like it just disappears over night and grows back a few days.. It's the strangest thing I've ever seen. At first I thought it was hot spots but it's always the same spots. It's happened 3 times in the year I have had him. He is vaccinated and healthy. Any ideas on what this is??

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Max

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Weimaraner

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3 Years

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Ringworm. Chewing On Paw

I think my dog may have ring worm. I noticed he's been chewing his paws a lot and now it looks blistered, swollen and his nose I noticed today is a perfect circle. I am going to try the home treatments I read above. But I have other pets. I have a 12 yr poodle, I just got a husky puppy 2 weeks ago and I have 5 cats. Should I be worried? And 2 kids.His paw he has always chewed on to the point where he cries and limps and sometimes can't get up so I give him a dog asprin. I don't notice a ring on his paw Only on his nose. His paw just looks blistered and a little pusie. What can I do for his nose and his paw?

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