Treating Ringworm is a slightly different process from other dog worms and cat worms because Ringworm is actually a fungus (the most common strain on pets being Mircosporum Canis).
Ringworm is highly contagious and has no problem traveling between species. You can infect your pets with Ringworm as easily as they can infect you, or each other. Cats are the most common carriers of Ringworm but dogs also host the fungus. Many of your pets may carry the Ringworm fungus without showing any indication.
Once an outbreak of Ringworm occurs it is important to act quickly to isolate the cat or dog, and confine it to one area. The Ringworm fungus travels by way of spores which will transmit the disease when contact occurs. An animal dropping spores all around the house can infect anything or anyone who’s skin comes into contact with the spores.
Ringworm is fairly easy to treat when…
Ringworm is fairly easy to treat when caught in the early stages. Although the incubation period of Ringworm is 10-12 days before lesions develop so it will not be immediately obvious that your pet has contracted the fungus.
Treatment for Ringworm
There are a range of over-the-counter treatments that you can get to a mild infection of Ringworm. They come in the form of lotions and creams and also drying powders. The active ingredients to treat fungal infections include miconazole or clotrimazole.
It may be necessary to shave the infected area of fur from your cat or dog to effectively treat the lesions. And if the infection has become more serious or will not respond to treatment your local vet can prescribe stronger solutions and in severe cases antibiotics.
A solution of bleach and water can be used to treat the bedding of your pet daily to kill any spores and prevent reinfection. Keeping the bedding dry and aired will also help.