Ringworm is not a worm at all. It is a superficial skin disease caused by infection with one of several types of fungus. These fungi live in the hair follicles, deep within the skin. They damage the hair shaft, which breaks off at skin level. As the infection spreads, the hairless area radiates out in a circular form, which is how the condition got its name.
Ringworm is very contagious. It can affect all pets and humans in a household through direct contact and indirect contact with infected bedding, cages, and food dishes. Ringworm can live for a long time in the environment because it is made up of environmentally resistant spores that normally live in the soil.
What factors contribute to a ringworm infection?
How do I know my pet has ringworm?
The classic sign of ringworm is the rounded area of hair loss with some scaling and/or crusting. You may also notice broken, brittle hairs, bald patches on ears, around the eyes and on the front legs. You can also use a Wood’s Lamp or a Fungassey Ringworm Kit to determine if the fungi are present.
My pet has ringworm! Now what do I do?
Before you do anything else, ISOLATE those animals! After isolating the cats with lesions from those without, close the cattery to everyone, especially children. Under no circumstances should you show, breed, or sell any of your animals. Do not add any new animals until the cattery or kennel is spotlessly clean. Stop all breeding programs & do not start again until you have 2 negative cultures. Wean kittens or puppies from infected moms at 4wks of age. Lastly, remember everyone is a suspect & treat them accordingly.
Now that you have them isolated, you need to turn your attention to treating both the animal and the environment.
Treat your pet.
Treat the environment.
How do I keep this from happening again?
Follow these six steps to prevention.
and FINALLY...THINGS NOT TO DO...
Fungassey Ringworm Kit
Treat the Animal
Maximum ChlorhexiDerm Shampoo 4%
Lime Plus Pet Dip
Health Guard Antimicrobial Shampoo
Maximum ChlorhexiDerm Spray 4%
Health Guard Fungal Spot Treatment
Mega-Tek Coat Rebuilder for Pets
Micro-Tek Pet Spray
Treat the Environment
Health Guard Laundry Additive & Disinfectant
Latex Exam Gloves
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