Treating Ringworm in Pets


Ringworm is a common fungal infection that can affect both humans and pets. Ringworm is highly contagious and can be transmitted through direct contact with the fungus, through an infected animal or human, or through contaminated objects or surfaces. The fungal spores can even stay dormant for up to 18 months! 

Although ringworm is not lethal, it is very contagious and requires vet treatment. If your pet is showing any of the following signs, you should schedule an appointment with your vet: 

  • Circular areas of hair loss
  • Dry, brittle hair
  • Scabby, inflamed skin
  • Rough, brittle claws

There are a few different ways that your vet may treat ringworm:

    • Oral treatment: In most cases, getting rid of ringworm requires ingesting antifungal medication. 


  • Topical treatment: In many cases, your vet may prescribe topical treatments in addition to the oral treatment for effective removal of the infection. 
  • Environmental cleaning: Since ringworm is highly contagious and can be spread from an infected object, it is important to keep the environment that you and your pet are in as clean as possible to prevent further spread and infection.


Story Road Animal Hospital

If your pet is suffering from ringworm, visit Story Road Animal Hospital in the Irving area for compassionate veterinary care from our experienced DVMs. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

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