Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Tips and resources
for protecting your pets
from fleas, ticks, and
other pesky irritants.

Guest Expert Photo

Ringworm and Your Pets

Unlike tapeworms and heartworms, ringworm is not actually a worm. It’s a fungus that feeds on dead skin. And it can be passed on from your pets to you. People with compromised immune systems, very young children, and the elderly are particularly likely to pick up ringworm.

The good news: ringworm isn’t an especially dangerous fungus. In fact, the unsightly lesions are usually the worst of it.

In the WebMD Pet Health Community, M. Duffy Jones, DVM, says that ringworm is much more distinctive on your skin than on your pets'. The characteristic red, raised, scaly, circular lesions on human skin can vary in shape and can look a lot like other types of lesions on your pet. And sometimes, pets can shed ringworm spores even when they have no visible lesions themselves.

If you think your pet has ringworm, the only way to be sure is to take him or her to a vet. There, several tests can be performed, including:

  • Ultraviolet light examination
  • Fungal culture
  • Microscopic examination
  • Skin biopsy -- sometimes the only definitive way to diagnose ringworm

Treatment for ringworm includes oral medications, dips, and baths.

It’s important to keep the pet with ringworm isolated while she’s being treated, because she can continue to shed spores until the ringworm is wiped out. You’ll also need to disinfect the areas where she’s been in your home.

Discussion led by M. Duffy Jones, DVM Guest Expert
Next Article:

Guest Expert What is a guest expert?

Dr. Jones is an Atlanta-based veterinarian who founded the Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital of Atlanta in 2005…More

Read Profile

Flea and Tick Protection Poll

How do you protect your pet from fleas and ticks?

View Results