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Posted on 09-06-2012
If your pet seems to be losing his hair, he may be suffering from ringworm. This does not mean that he has “worms;” the term merely describes the ring-shaped patterns left by this condition. Ringworm is actually a fungal infection -- one which can spread rapidly to other animals or even your own family members unless you get it treated quickly. Fortunately, we can provide that treatment here at Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin.
Your pet can contract ringworm from another animal or even from your own household carpeting or bedding if the fungus lurks there, especially during periods of warmth or humidity. Dog symptoms and cat symptoms both include hair loss in rounded patches, often with red, flaky, irritated skin underneath. These bald patches can rapidly overtake your pet’s entire body. To make matters worse, the fungus can easily infect humans, especially young children, creating a potential health crisis in your own home. We can confirm a diagnosis of ringworm by examining the bald spots, looking at hair samples under a special light and/or performing a hair culture.
Because of the highly infectious nature of ringworm, you must make sure that your pet is treated thoroughly and aggressively to completely kill the fungus. Otherwise, your pet may continue to carry it, and infect others with it, even if he shows no further dog symptoms or cat symptoms. Even an aggressive treatment approach may take up to two weeks to start showing results, and your pet may be contagious for up to three weeks. Our emergency vet clinic in Austin can prescribe the appropriate topical medications, shampoos or oral medications for your pet’s particular case. But we urge you to take the condition seriously and bring your dog or cat to us for diagnosis and treatment right away -- for the sake of your family as well as your pet!
Have you or your pet suffered from ringworm?
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