How is ringworm in dogs treated?
After confirming that your dog is suffering from ringworm, your vet will use medication to treat your dog.
Depending on the type of ringworm your dog has and how severe it is, they may give your dog tablets to take that will stop the ringworm from reproducing.
Your dog may need a topical medication (something that is applied to the skin) for eg a lotion or a shampoo. Follow the instructions carefully and make sure you treat your dog as needed as failure to do so risks infection recurring.
Some dogs may need both tablets and topical medication to cure their ringworm infection.
Can you get ringworm from your dog?
Yes, ringworm is contagious to people and is caught through touching an infected dog. You cannot catch ringworm if your skin is unbroken, but if you have a scratch, graze, wound or suffer from a skin condition such as eczema, you may catch the infection.
People with weaker immune systems are more at risk of catching ringworm from dogs, including young children, elderly people, people undergoing chemotherapy or treatment involving transplants or transfusions. We recommend that you don’t let children touch your dog if he or she has ringworm.
When treating your dog for ringworm, wear gloves and an apron. Note that some tablets should not be handled if you are pregnant.
If you haven’t picked up ringworm from your dog by the time your vet diagnoses them with it, then you probably won’t get it at all.
In people, ringworm lesions appear as a red circle on the skin; hence its name.
How do you keep ringworm from spreading?
Ringworm spores are hardy and can live in the environment for a long time, so it’s really important that you restrict your infected dog to one room while treating them so that spores are not spread through the house. If you cure your dog of ringworm but don’t eradicate it from your home, your dog could become infected again.
Soft furnishings and carpets should be vacuumed thoroughly and frequently, or steam cleaned, to remove the spores.
The vacuum bag should be emptied afterwards and the contents burnt.
Other items should be cleaned with a disinfectant.
Discuss with your vet which disinfectants are effective.
Bedding and toys that cannot be cleaned are best burnt.