What causes ringworm? Ringworm in dogs is not a worm, but a plant like growth which lives on the surface of the dogs skin. A majority of cases are caused by the fungus Microsporum Canis. It is a skin infection caused by a fungus. There are different types of fungus that cause ringworm, which is scientifically known as Dermatophytosis.
Ringworm gets it name from its appearance. It is a circular lesion that is usually hairless and may or may not be scaly, red or itching.
Ringworm is common in children, but can affect people of all ages.
Ringworms on dogs is highly contagious. All you have to do is touch someone or a pet with the infection or come into contact with items such as combs and clothing. You can catch it from pets.
Dog Ringworm is more common in areas that have a hot and humid climate. It is why ringworm is frequently seen in puppies. Their immune systems have not had sufficient time to develop.
If your dog has ringworm, it is very important to isolate your dog from other pets. You should sterilize any object that comes into contact with the infected dog. Ringworm may be contacted through infected soil too. Even in severe, it is not fatal to your or your dog.
Treatment of dogs with ringworm includes using anti-fungal medication, shampoo or oral medication. The effectiveness of the treatment is improved by treating the canine disease early.