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Dog Health Treatment & Advice : How to Treat Ringworm on a Dog

August 20, 2019


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.

14 Comments

  • Reply kterbo May 1, 2009 at 3:53 am

    A couple of weeks??! Poor dog. Treat him now.

  • Reply Imasexyblkman September 18, 2013 at 5:34 am

    The best miconazole treatments

  • Reply TheSabetuer July 20, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Heey doc

    is there any online forum or place i can ask vets some questions, i think my poor doggie has a mixture of fungal and bacterial infections, and after 3 vet visits, it doesn't seem to be getting much better. unfortunately most vets around my area are severely lacking in medical equipment or knowledge, i dont think they confirmed the diagnosis or anything using a lab test like mentioned in the video. 

    So far the diagnosis is: Mixed infection fungal (ringworm) AND  Bacterial (stafl. + Strepl.) Those 2 last word were illegible to me so i'm just wondering what those mean. types of bacteria? Im hoping to confirm this diagnosis and hopfully research more cures and remedies, or atleast confirm what i'm told isn't just misdiagnosis's

    Dog is a female, rat terrier mixed, 13-15 years old.
    Symptoms include:
    Redness and irritation on the underside of paws.
    Hair loss, redness, inflammation and hotspots ontop 30% of hindlegs
    Black spots are increasing on the underside of the belly slight redness and irritation (doggie licks there- a lot)
    Hind legs shiver sometimes and shake, especially the left hindleg and some times it gives-out when she is running.. maybe muscle spasms, or atrophy?
    NEW – after going to the vet for the above symptoms i noticed some whitish smelly liquid coming out of one ear – seems to be an ear infection, yeast? bacterial?

  • Reply MrTrainREX October 31, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    She's cute!

  • Reply Eli Ramirez June 14, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    thank you Im really appreciate it that calms me down I need to take my dog t ok you where are you located

  • Reply lerch400block June 22, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    I just put some vagisil on my pup. hope it works. I figure if it's safe enough for a chocha it's ok for a puppy.

  • Reply Clear Combat Self Defense and Fighting System January 10, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Wonder what she looks like now.

  • Reply My Youtube Passion October 6, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Do you think ringworm on an dog or a cat can be cured with tea tree oil is it worth a try?

  • Reply Holly Jaye September 24, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Just 100% cleared my Boxer's patch of R/W using Nizoral shampoo every other day AND Metronadiazole cream twice daily to the patch. Took about 10 days but hair is almost grown back!! ALSO…VERY IMPORTANT…I washed the sheets off her dog bed DAILY in HOT soapy water with bleach to kill any R/W spores.

  • Reply Heritage Collections West September 26, 2018 at 1:09 am

    that was a stupid waste of time. How about just getting to the point and telling us exactly what to buy and where to buy it? without all the commentary and damn advertisements ????

  • Reply topaz5858 October 10, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    My pup has fungus now 1 month under treatment shampoo but so slow I feel so sad for my seeing the red and dry skin on her back..just wonder what is the best and fastest method to heal my dog.. My Vet is too slow every 1 week I take him for visit ..

  • Reply LegShowMagazine January 18, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Easy treatment to find, besides apple cider vinegar, is Clotrimazole 1%. You can find it very cheap on eBay (1 oz 6-pack for $12) or if you need it immediately go to the drugstore's athlete's foot section – https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/walgreens-clotrimazole-1-athlete's-foot-cream/ID=prod6359081-product They sell one that specifically says "Ringworm Cream" but is only .5 oz and not as good a deal. Active ingredient is the same.

  • Reply gracebilavi2 February 23, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Treatment response: "but is curable " ??

  • Reply msdhark July 3, 2019 at 2:58 am

    A good "how-to" video would show the actual treatment and application of it on a dog. Please redeem yourself eHow.

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