Dog Ringworm (credit to kingsnake.com)
Ringworm (Dermatophytosis) is a skin disease caused by a fungal infection. It is usually shaped like a circular ring around the neck, eyes, groin, head, and nail. Ringworm is contagious. This disease can be transmitted from dog to human, so that you must wash your hand immediately once you touch your dog.
This disease commonly caused by Microsporum canis, Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Microsporum gypseum fungus. At first, the infection was believed due to a worm, not from fungus. Don’t let your dogs live in a dirty and unhealthy environment or play with infected dogs because this will increase the chance your dog infected from ringworm transmitter as well. Poor nutritional intake resulting in bad immune system will exacerbate this condition and make your dog can be infected with ringworm easily.
The disease can be easily identified since ringworm infects outside the body/skin. The infected skin is usually shaped like a ring spot. There will be a reddish spot and inflammation on dog’s skin, even worst bleeding. Dog also suffer hair loss due to this ringworm infection. The ring spot will turn into dark spot after healed from ringworm infection. When dogs suffer from this dermatophytosis infection, they feel intense itching and then biting, or scratching in the area of ringworm infection afterward.
First of all, we have to diagnose why our dog suffered from this kind of disease. Look at the history of illness. When the symptoms appear, do some physical examination of the infected body then analyze the causes of illness. Isolate/ quarantine the dog to more hygiene place immediately once they suffer ringworm infection. Give antifungal medicine (griseofulvin, ketoconazole, itraconazole) to dog. When the dog suffer from severe ringworm that cause secondary diseases, give them antibiotics and anti-inflammatory along with the ringworm medicine. Ask veterinarian for more medication.
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