What are ringworms in pets?
Ringworm does not mean it is a form of worm. Ringworms are a most common form of skin infection (fungus) and can occur most commonly in dogs, cats and human beings.
How do you identify ringworms in pets?
It can be easily identified by a round hairless lesion. This is the initial stage of ring worm and can change gradually forming an irregular shape.
Ringworm is commonly found in face, tail, ears or paws. The infected skin is usually scaly, reddened and inflamed.
How did my pet get infected with ringworm?
Ringworms usually spread when coming in contact with another infected animal or human being. Puppies are more susceptible to ring worms as their immune system is still building up against ring worms.
Children can easily get infected with ringworm than adults. Extra precaution needs to be taken when allowing your children to play with an infected animal.
What are the home remedies for ringworms?
If ringworms are not treated then it will usually last for a period of 2 to 4 months. The symptoms will resolve themselves unless the infected animal is not come in contact again with another infected animal.
However, treatment is recommended to avoid your pet suffering for such a long duration. I have clubbed up some home remedies which could be of help for your pet.
- Garlic – Rub half clove of garlic on the infected area twice a day for a week.
- Lime dip – For the first week give your pet a lime dip twice a week. The next couple of weeks give your pet a lime dip of once a week. This should continue for up to 4-6 weeks.
- Bleach – Prepare a diluted solution of bleach and dab the infected areas using a cotton ball. Before applying in multiple places, try it in a small area and monitor if the pet is facing any form of irritation. If you notice irritations then do not continue this treatment. Also do not apply this treatment if it is a place where the pet can easily lick the bleach solution.
- Papaya – Papaya’s are known to be the best remedy of ringworms in both animals and human beings. Cut a fresh slice of raw papaya and apply on the infected area couple of times in a day.
- Tea tree oil – Tea tree oil in a diluted form when applied on the infected area in pets is known to do miracles. Do this treatment two times a day for one week.
- Apple cedar vinegar – The most easily available natural hair rinse. A diluted solution of apple cedar vinegar is a very powerful remedy for most infections. Rinse your pet after giving a bath and notice the difference.
Keep a track of the progress of treatment and in case of no improvement do show your veterinarian immediately. Before following any of the proposed treatment it is better to consult with your veterinarian.