What is Ringworm?

Contrary to what the name suggests, ringworm or dermatophytosis is actually a contagious fungal infection which causes circular, hairless and sometimes itchy lesions on our pets.

Transmission of fungal spores occurs through contact with affected animals and contaminated surfaces in the environment. Ringworm is zoonotic, meaning it can spread from pets to people. Particular care should be taken with young children and anyone who is immunocompromised.

Ringworm is diagnosed by your veterinarian via history, clinical examination and diagnostic tests such as Wood’s lamp examination (as seen above), trichogram and/or fungal culture.

Malaseb Medicated Shampoo is an aid in the treatment of ringworm infections in dogs and cats by decreasing time to clinical resolution when compared to using a systemic antifungal alone. Malaseb Medicated Shampoo kills infective spores on the coat, helping prevent the spread of disease and reduces environmental contamination.

If you are concerned your pet may have a ringworm infection, contact your veterinarian for more information.