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.