Ringworm In Dogs
One of the most common skin disease that affect dogs is ringworm. As dogs tend to be outside of the house, they have a higher chance of catching ringworm from contaminated sources. Ringworm also seems to be more prevalent among puppies and older dogs. This fungal infection can make your dog very uncomfortable and sick.
If you suspect your dog has been infected with ringworm, you should bring it to the veterinarian. The signs of having ringworm on the dog are usually displayed by a scaly patch on the skin as well as hair loss on that area. The common infected areas are the head, tail and legs.
There are a number of ways to detect if your dog is infected with ringworm. One of the ways is to use black light. When light shines on ringworm, you will see a glow in the black light. Nonetheless, it is still best to have a veterinarian do a thorough check up for your dog.
Treating your dog of ringworm is no easy task. As the infection is on the skin itself, you have to be very careful when handling your dog. The infected area is very sensitive and painful and by touching it, you may get infected. It is advisable to clip the hair away around the area where medication is to be applied and use gloves when you administer topical creams or lotion on the dog. You may have to use a dog funnel collar to prevent the dog from scratching the infected area.
Depending on the severity of the infection, if the cream itself is not effective in treating the ringworm; you may have to use anti-fungal shampoos and dips to further help with the treatment. Anti-fungal agents like griseofulvin and itraconazole seems to work rather well on dogs.
In order to prevent your dog from getting ringworm in the first place, it is advisable for you to get regular vaccines for your dog. Have regular check ups as well as proper grooming. Be very careful if your dog tends to be more outdoors. This increases its chances of getting ringworms. Last but not least, always take responsibility for your dog's health and care.