Ringworm is a common infectious disease, found in dogs, which is caused by a fungus. This is a highly contagious infection which leads to patchy areas of hair loss on dogs. It can spread to other animals and at times to humans, too.
General symptoms of ringworm
Usually ringworms start appearing first on a dog’s head, paws, ears and forelimbs. It looks like crusted circular bald spots, which sometimes look red in the center. Initially, only a few broken hair might appear what gradually can spread over the entire body.
How does it transmit
In most of the cases, puppies less than a year old get infected by ringworms. Dogs suffering from malnourishment, weak immune system and stress are also prone to this infection. Ringworm fungus can be transmitted via contact with infected animals. It also transmits via bedding, dishes and other materials in the environment. Ringworm also spreads in kennels, shelters and other spaces dogs are found in groups in a close environment.
How to treat ringworm
Treatment of dog ringworm is not an expensive affair and actually depends on the severity of the infection. Mostly veterinarian prescribes a medicated shampoo or ointment containing miconazole or a dip such as lime sulfur to destroy the fungus effectively. In some cases, vets prescribe oral medications to cure ringworm. If the infection is severe, the vet might suggest you to clip away the fur. Once the treatment is started the infections should get healed within one to three weeks.
It is also important to note that you should not stop providing your dog with the right dose of medicines as prescribed by the vet. Your dog might have to go through certain diagnostic tests to ensure cure. Lamberts Vet Supply has a wide range of medicines for your dog’s ringworm treatment. So, you can order your pet medicines online without much hassle.