How to Treat Ringworm on a Dog

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Treating ringworm on a dog, which is not a worm at all, requires a DTMF or fungal culture at the veterinary office, followed by an anti-fungal treatment and anti-ringworm shampoos. Cure ringworm in a dog with health information from a veterinarian in this free video on pet care.

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Hi I'm Dr. Aimee Beger and I'm a veterinarian. We are going to be talking about ring worm today in your dog. Ring worm is, there is a little bit of a misnomer about ringworm. It is not actually a worm, it's a fungus and the way it is contracted by your pet is through contact directly with other dogs or cats with ringworm. Ringworm is something that is treatable and is curable thank goodness and what we typically do is we do what is called a DTMF or a fungal culture on your pet which requires taking a few pieces of hair and putting them on a culture medium. These are the ones that we use here in our clinic and what we do is we put you dog's hair and skin cells on this medium for a couple of weeks, we watch it grow and we watch for color change and any type of growth on this medium and if we do see that then we look at it under a microscope and determine if it is ringworm or not. Another way that we can do like a preliminary test for ringworm is to use an ultraviolet light such as this one and there is only one type of ringworm species that does glow under a UV light and so if your veterinarian uses this and your dog does not glow that does not mean that he or she has ringworm. Typically we use an anti fungal such as Miconosol to treat and there are also shampoos out there that can be purchased to treat ringworm but it is curable.

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