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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 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.
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:
Apple cider vinegar may relieve the itching and soreness of the infected area. To use:
Tea tree oil is said to have curative properties and will also aid with discomfort in the affected area. To use:
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. However, non prescription medicine isn't always effective and should only be trialled in healthy patients with mild disease.
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.
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. The environment must be deep cleaned to prevent re-infection.
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 when they work.
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.
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. The risk you run is that the treatment will not work and your dog will be infected for longer which increases your risk and adds to the fungal burden in the environment. 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.
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 neighbor's 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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Round rough spot on dogs back leg
Dec. 9, 2020
Dr. Linda S. MVB MRCVS
In addition to my previous answer, from this photo, another consideration would be ringworm. Your vet can do a test for this.
Dec. 9, 2020
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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
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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