Ringworm on animals
Ringworm on animals is not a life-threatening disease. But, it is highly contagious. Many animals get ringworm, including dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, rodents, rabbits and birds. While ringworm sounds like it should be grouped with hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, and tapeworms, it is not a worm. It is actually a fungus. The disease gets its name from the raised, red, ring-shaped appearance on the skin.
How does an animal get ringworm?
Ringworm is caused by a dermatophyte, also known as a ‘skin loving’ fungus. There are several different types of this fungus. However, they all spread through direct contact. Your animal can get the disease from an infected animal or person, from a contaminated object like grooming equipment, bedding, carpet, or from the soil. Unfortunately, the fungi can thrive for long periods of time within an environment.
Ringworm can be present for weeks without any visible signs of infection. Nonetheless, there are certain symptoms you can expect.
- Small raised spots that spread
- Spots with thick, dry, crumbly scabs
- Dry brittle hair
- Circular areas of hair loss throughout the body
- Soreness and/or itching
It is important to take care of ringworm in your animal because the condition can become extensive. It can also spread to other animals and to humans.
How Curicyn Original Formula and Wound Care Clay help…
Curicyn Original Formula or Curicyn Wound Care Clay can be used on ringworm. The Curicyn Original Formula is fast acting and promotes rapid healing. It cleanses and soothes the area affected by ringworm while helping reduce inflammation and helping releave irritation. The spray nozzle makes it easy to apply. It does not stain, burn, itch or create any sensitivity to your animal when applied. In addition, it is non-toxic, steroid and antibiotic free. Curicyn Wound Care Clay also helps aid in the healing process. It is formulated using a combination of bentonite clay, our Original Formula, aloe, plus several other active ingredients that helps accelerate the healing process. It will not burn or sting. Whether you use the Original Formula or the Wound Care Clay, apply it on the affected area 2 to 3 times a day as necessary.
Prevention and Control
While it is impossible to completely prevent ringworm, there are certain precautions you can take to help control it and keep it from spreading. If you think ringworm may be present, address the disease immediately. To get it under control, the environment needs to be properly cleaned and disinfected. Clean any grooming tools, bedding, tack, collars, etc. thoroughly with disinfectant during and after treatment. And do not let other animals use the infected animal’s things.
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