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.