– Ringworm infections can be spread by the spores of soil and/or contact with the infected hair of dogs. Usually the type found on brushes, combs, toys, carpet and furniture.
– Not all circular shaped irritations in your dog’s skin are ringworm. For instance, in the spring in some parts of the country dogs get bit by black flies which will also reflect a circular shape if infected.
– If you can treat your dog’s ringworm infection before it becomes irritated and inflamed, the condition itself won’t be itchy to the dog because the blisters and scabs will have not formed. This happens rarely however.
– The most contagious aspect of a dog having a ringworm infection is that they can travel through the entire cycle of the infection without treatment. This makes the time they are infected longer and the likelihood they will spread the infection larger.
– Standard treatment is best done with an anti-fungal topical lotion or cream that is applied twice daily. Expect a 4 to 6 week cycle and in rare occasions up to 4 months. The application is easy but you must keep your dog from licking the area which can be challenging.
– If multiple infections are present, add the use of an anti-fungal shampoo. Long-haired dogs may need to be shaved around the infected areas for the treatment to be most effective.
– If you do have to treat a dog that has a ringworm infection, wash your own hands religiously with a powerful anti-fungal soap throughout the day. You are coming into direct contact with the infection and should touch other parts of your skin as infrequently as possible.