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What is ringworm in dogs?

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Despite its name, ringworm is not a worm at all. It is a skin infection caused by a fungus. In dogs, ringworm often presents as a dry, gray, scaly patch, although it may cause no symptoms at all. In people, it forms a round, red lesion with a ring-like appearance. Dogs pick up ringworm when their skin comes into contact with the spores of the fungus. Spores are commonly found in the soil or on cats. The spores can be present on a cat even when it shows no symptoms. People can catch it by touching an infected pet. Treatment for ringworm in dogs may involve medicated dips, shampoos, or ointments. Your dog may also need oral medication for one to two months. You may need to take other measures to clear ringworm from the environment or prevent its spread.

From: Worms in Dogs WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 06, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/06/2018

SOURCES:

Veterinary Information Network: ''Ringworm FAQ;'' ''Roundworms: Dogs & Puppies;'' ''Hookworms;'' ''Heartworm: The Parasite;'' ''Heartworm Treatment;'' ''Whipworms;'' and ''Tapeworms.''

Veterinary Information Network. “Hookworms.”

Veterinary Information Network. “Heartworm: The Parasite.”

Veterinary Information Network. “Heartworm Treatment.”

Veterinary Information Network. “Whipworms.”

Veterinary Information Network. “Tapeworms.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Veterinary Information Network: ''Ringworm FAQ;'' ''Roundworms: Dogs & Puppies;'' ''Hookworms;'' ''Heartworm: The Parasite;'' ''Heartworm Treatment;'' ''Whipworms;'' and ''Tapeworms.''

Veterinary Information Network. “Hookworms.”

Veterinary Information Network. “Heartworm: The Parasite.”

Veterinary Information Network. “Heartworm Treatment.”

Veterinary Information Network. “Whipworms.”

Veterinary Information Network. “Tapeworms.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 06, 2018

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