Ringworm: 7 Solutions You Can Find in Your Home

Ringworm: 7 Solutions You Can Find in Your Home

Ringworms in dogs are one of the most common pet-related issues worldwide.  This condition is a disease of the skin, caused by the spread and growth of a fungus.  It actually has nothing to do with a worm; rather, the effect it has on the skin looks as though a worm is living beneath the surface.  There are many ways to go about treating your dog with products found in the home, but remember that professional care is always the safest bet.

How to Tell if Your Dog has Ringworm

Very young or very old dogs are generally at the greatest risk for ringworm due to their underdeveloped or diminished immune system.  Some of the symptoms are very obvious and characteristic.  To spot ringworm on dogs, look for the following:

  • Increased itchiness or irritation of the skin;
  • Scaly or hard and flaky skin;
  • Thinning of the hair;
  • Small pus-filled blisters;
  • Ring-shaped lesions resembling worms.

There are a number of other diseases that have similar symptoms to ringworm, but the key identifying factor is the circular lesion, typically found on the head.

Home Remedies

When it comes to caring for your dog ringworm is no light matter.  When afflicted with ringworm dogs can eventually die, and even spread the disease to humans.  If Try one of these seven home treatments to relieve your pet of ringworm.

Tea Tree Oil

One of the most commonly used health products for humans, this oil can be used as a topical ringworm treatment for dogs.  Simply apply it to the affected area twice daily.

Small Amounts of Bleach

Dogs like to lick wet spots on their skin, so be sure to restrain your dog in some way (preferably with a dog cone).  Lightly apply the bleach to the affected area.  If it begins to cause your pet discomfort, discontinue use immediately.

Anti-fungus Dog Shampoo

This may not be an item found in most households, but it is highly effective.  Simply bathe your dog once daily with this shampoo.

Papaya Fruit

Rubbing papaya on the ringworm will fight off the fungus.  It also works with ringworm in humans.

Lime Bath / Dip

This medicinal dip can be purchased at most market/pet supply stores.  A biweekly dip of this powerful medicine will help rid your dog of ringworm.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Also containing powerful anti-irritant properties, a mixture of apple cider vinegar and warm water can be used to bathe your dog and fend off ringworm while also providing some instant relief.

Garlic

Finally, garlic is known to cure a number of skin diseases.  Either separate a clove, or chop or crush up some garlic and rub it on the area.  Repeat this once every morning and evening until the ringworm subsides.

Regardless of pet owners doing everything they can dogs get ringworm from a range of sources.  Clean or replace all dog beds, kennels, and anything the dog slept or sat on while afflicted with ringworm using a 1:10 ratio bleach and water mixture.

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