Mission Veterinary Clinic and Animal Emergency Hospital in Granada Hills is an emergency walk-in animal hospital. Our pet clinic offers high-quality services and innovative technology, including ringworm treatment. Our veterinarian and skilled staff treat every pet like precious family members. You can trust us. Ringworm is not life-threatening but does require expedient veterinary care from a pet clinic or animal hospital. Ringworm treatment will shorten the experience and make your pet more comfortable. Consult with your veterinarian for more information.
Ringworm: Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment
Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus. It is not actually a "worm." It is named as such because the rash it generates has the circular appearance of a worm. Ringworm can be transmitted between animals and from animals to humans. Take preventive measures to keep a safe distance until the fungus is eliminated.
Ringworm Symptoms in Pets
These are the symptoms of ringworm in your pet:
- Hair loss
- Red, scaly, crusty skin
- Broken or brittle nails
What to Do if You Think Your Pet Has a Ringworm Infection
If you suspect your pet may have a ringworm infection, take the following measures:
- Call your veterinarian.
- Isolate the pet from other animals and humans until the fungus is gone.
- Limit close contact with the pet.
- Wear gloves and long sleeves when handling the pet.
- Monitor other animals and humans for the spread of infection.
- Keep your home clean, vacuumed, and free of flaky skin or hair.
- Regularly disinfect the area where the pet is kept.
- Don't over-bathe the infected pet.
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after handling the pet.
- Wash pet bedding regularly.
- Keep regular checkup appointments with your veterinarian.
Ringworm prevention includes keeping the spaces the pet uses clean and disinfected. Vacuuming and dusting for dead skin cells and fur are essential to prevent infection.
Ringworm treatment begins after your pet has been diagnosed with the condition. Skin and fur cultures will be taken to confirm the diagnosis. Then, your veterinarian will consult with you about treatment options. These are the three steps taken for ringworm treatment:
1. Topical therapy, like ointment, cream, or medicated shampoo
2. Anti-fungal oral medications
3. Thorough daily environmental decontamination
Start Prevention or Treatment Today
Mission Veterinary Clinic and Animal Emergency Hospital in Granada Hills, CA, is an urgent-care walk-in pet clinic. Call (818) 363-8143 for more information or to notify our veterinarian that you are bringing a pet to our animal hospital. If you believe your pet may have an infection and needs ringworm treatment, give us a call. We can help.