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Dermatophytosis (Ringworm)

Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin, hair or nails. Caused by Microsporum gypseum, M. canis or T. mentogrophytes. Gypseum are in the soil, while the other two live on the hair and skin of the animals. Transmitted to the pet by contaminated soil, brushes or shared furniture. Cats show signs of crusty, circular areas of hair loss. Dogs incur papules, hair loss, skin redness, crust and scales. The most reliable method for diagnosing ringworm is the new fungal culture.

We strongly recommend seeing your vet when you adopt a new kitten or puppy so it can ruled out immediately. Treatment methods vary from Lymedip, 4% Chlor-hexidine, Griseofulvin and Nizoral tablets. Environment should be cleaned with clorox diluted 1:10 in water twice a week. Strict hygiene measures such as wearing gloves and washing hands afterwards are advised.

Presented Compliments of: Dr. M.A. Heinen, Gandy Animal Hospital, (813) 839-1285


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