- Len Cline, Florida, USA
Ringworm, also known as dermatophytosis, may sound like a worm or parasite but it is actually a fungus which lives on keratin found in skin, hair and nails of your dog, cat or other pets.
Ringworm is spread through contact with another infected animal or through contact with the actual fungal spores called arthrospores.
These spores then scatter throughout the environment, and can be found in carpeting, furniture and bedding .
The spores are very resistant and can live in the environment for up to 18 months.
This is why treatment for ringworm must also include a thorough cleaning regiment to rid the environment of any spores that could reinfect your animal.
The use of ringworm fighting disinfectant is recommended.
Symptoms of ringworm in pets are the loss of hair in circular patterns, hair loss in irregular patterns, scaly skin, redness or itchiness and deformed nails and claws.