Canine ringworm is a skin disease. Despite the name, this condition is a fungal disease, not a parasitic worm. Canine ringworm, along with ringworm in anyone, is considered to be contagious and can cross species. However, it is not a serious or life threatening condition. The best way to prevent and treat this is by using a natural dogs health care approach.
Ringworm in dogs is characterised by circular patches on the skin. The most common places they appear include the ears, the tail, the head and the front paws, although they can appear anywhere. Sometimes the skin becomes red.
Apart from the characteristic circular patches on the skin, veterinary diagnosis comes from looking at the skin through an ultraviolet light, and a hair analysis.
Treatment is not necessary because the problem will go on its own. But in the process, others may become infected. However, these too will go on its own.
Veterinary treatment consists of anti-fungal creams and shampoos and an oral medication if the infection is serious. As these medications have serious side effects, they are not normally the first option of choice.
Along with treating your dog, it is a good idea to thoroughly clean his bedding and the areas he visits.
All disease, including ringworm in dogs, is a result of a floundering immune system. With a healthy immune system in full working order, your dog will not be subject to disease, or will only have a mild version that he can easily deal with on his own.
You can’t see an immune system. It is intangible. Many people feel they have a healthy dog, but when the crunch comes, they succumb to disease, belying the fact that they were healthy.
The only way you know that your dog has a healthy immune system is how they react to disease. When they don’t fall prey to a passing epidemic, even after exposure, you know they have a healthy one.
Two areas which affect your dogs immune system badly are commercial dog food and veterinary medication. Both are also liver toxic.
There are two highly effective ways to boost your dogs immune system. One is to feed your dog a quality, natural diet. And the other is to treat all your dogs ailments with natural therapies, such as homeopathy. A system of natural dogs health care covers both these options.