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Ringworm - How to Recognize and Treat Ringworm in Your Dog

Ringworm can be prevented - there are various chemical worm preparations on the market which your vet probably endorses, but I don't recommend. Conventionally trained vets are fed most of their information by the pet pharmaceutical companies, so it's no wonder that most vets just don't realize that ringworm and many other conditions can be prevented by all natural formulations. Click here for a natural worm preparation that will prevent your dog from getting ringworm, and any worms for that matter.

But what about if you haven't been giving your dog a worm medication of any description?

If you suddenly notice a bald spot on your dog's coat, chances are it is not because he is getting older. Sudden hair loss in dogs as well as cats could indicate the presence of ringworm. And although your dog may catch ringworm from time to time, he may experience nothing worse than a bald spot and mild itchiness.

Ringworm creates ring-like, flaky, bald patches on your dog's head, ears, back, nails, and paws. Although the name ringworm sounds like some sort of a curly worm, it is actually a type of fungus that is similar to athlete's foot. Ringworm can be easily seen and looks very similar to a ripple forming when you throw a stone in a pond. The growth begins at a middle point and gradually spreads out in a ring shape. As the fungus grows in the skin cell and hair, the skin may become irritated, reddened, and thickened and the hairs may break off leaving course stubble behind.

The ringworm is contagious to humans, especially children, and other animals. The extensive spread of this parasite could indicate that your pet's health is not doing well. Actually, it is usually the sick, stressed, and weakened ones that acquire serious infestation. Ringworm that spreads throughout the body is a very serious issue that signifies a severely low immune system.

But unless your dog has a low immune system, ringworm normally goes away on its own within one to three months. In the meantime, you may still want to relieve the itchiness and discomfort that is associated with this parasite and also reduce the odds of infection to humans and other animals.

To effectively treat ringworm, the first thing you must do is clip the hair around the area of your dog's bare spot and up to about one half of an inch past it. You may need to have someone help you keep your dog still or preoccupied in order to prevent you from accidentally injuring the skin. Clipping the hair will reduce the chances of spreading the ringworm by confining the infection to just that area and also make for an easier application of the treatment.

Remember to carefully dispose the infected hair once you remove it, burning it if possible. Ringworm can still feed on the hair even after it is off your dog and is contagious on contact. Vacuum the area where you did the clipping to catch loose hairs. You also need to vacuum carefully and regularly if your pet has ringworm. Wash bedding, dishes, and utensils with soap and hot water and always wash your hands properly.

So as you see, treating ringworm can be inconvenient, infectious, and messy. Not to mention the fact that having ringworm can be extremely irritating for your dog, and cause significant health problems in your dog.

Preventing ringworm is therefore the answer - and you don't need to use chemicals to do so. As I said earlier, there are natural worm meds, which work just as effectively as their chemical counterparts. Find out more by clicking here: Holistic Worm Prevention