How to treat ringworm in cats and dogs

Does your pet have ringworm? Don’t fret! This common fungal infection might be easy to contract, but it’s very treatable!

Ringworm is one of the most common skin conditions affecting pets of all shapes and sizes. Named for the characteristic circular pattern of hair loss that’s the hallmark of this infection, ringworm is a stubborn problem. But its symptoms make it an easy problem to identify, and with a bit of care and planning, it can be treated effectively.

So what is ringworm exactly?

Despite its name, ringworm has nothing to do with worms, but rather with an insidious fungus that hides in dark, moist areas of your pet’s skin, hair and nails. Ringworm is contagious and can be easily transmitted from animal to animal, or even animal to human, through infected surfaces or skin-to-skin contact.

What is the treatment for ringworm?

Ringworm can be one of the most frustrating problems to treat because of its contagious nature. The first step should be a thorough decontamination of your animal and his environment, including all grooming supplies, toys and bedding. A simple blend of vinegar, water and high-quality tea tree essential oil can be used to clean most items. It’s also a good idea to limit your animal’s contact with other animals and humans in your household, and to take precautions yourself by wearing gloves and washing your hands frequently.

Once you’ve accomplished these simple tasks, the next step is to treat the infection directly with an effective antifungal agent like Banixx Pet Care. Banixx is the simple, one-step solution for treating fungal or bacterial infections in any and every type of pet. Because Banixx doesn’t sting or burn upon application, and has no odor or foreign smell, it’s easy to apply to even the most skittish critters. More importantly, it’s safe to use around sensitive areas like the eyes and ears, and on the most delicate skin — so even a case of kitten ringworm can be treated without worry!