Ringworm in dogs is a skin infection manifested by red, flaky patches. It is caused by a fungus. As it grows, it can spread outward in a circular pattern. It causes hair loss, thick scabbed and irritated areas on the skin. They may be 1″ or more in diameter.
Ringworms can affect cats more often than dogs. In cats, the infected areas look like circular gray patches of broken, short, thin hair. Cats do not seem to itch or have as much as dogs do from ringworms. Most ringworm is transmitted from cats rather than dogs. Cats tend to show very few visible signs that the ringworm spore is present. The cat can have hairless gray areas without inflammation or without scabbing. They tend to not itch as much as dogs do with the ringworm infection.
One thing you really need to be cautious about is that this fungi is contagious, especially to children. Humans can get it at any age though. As a nurse, we are always taught that the most important thing we can do to prevent infection is to wash your hands frequently. Watch your children closely when you realize your pet has ringworm and prevent them having contact with the pet, or have them wash their hands immediately after contact with the animal.
Of course, for this infection to be present, it is an indication that the animal’s immune system is compromised or not working at its highest level.
If you suspect your dog or cat has this infection either take your pet to the vet or search further for photos and more information to correctly identify the infection. A great product that will help is below.