Dermatomycosis is a skin disease commonly known as ‘ringworm’. It is caused by a fungus infection. The fungus lives on the skin surface in the dead cells that is being replaced by live cells. As the fungus grows, it spreads out many times in circular patches on the skin surface – thus, the name – ‘ringworm’.
Fungi are not particular about where they live. They can be found in the soil, on animals and on man. Your pet may acquire a fungus infection from any of these sources and, in turn, pass the infection on to others. If your pet becomes infected, you will first see small areas of hair-loss. There may be one or several of these patches most commonly affected are kittens and puppies. Skin lesions appear as circular scaly areas of hair loss particularly around the face, ears and on the paws. As the patches increase in number and size, large portions of skin may be involved.
Laboratory tests to determine the precise cause and treatment for dermatomycosis may be performed. Small patches of hair and skin may be scraped.
Common treatments include antifungal solutions or creams and oral tablets for 3-4 weeks. While your pet is under treatment he should be confined and kept out of contact with other animals or people.
NOTIFY THE VETERINARIAN IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OCCUR:
• Your pet develops other types or sores.
• You are unable to medicate your pet as directed.
• Your other pets may become infected.
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