Ringworm in Dogs: Transmission, Diagnosis, and Treatment


Ringworm is a skin disease in dogs caused by the presence of a fungus. Highly contagious, dog ringworm can also affect humans, hence the importance of being attentive to its presence. Fortunately, this pathology can be treated, provided that care is taken as quickly as possible.

How do you get ringworm in dogs?

Depending on the case, this skin condition can be transmitted:

  • by direct contact from one affected animal to another (the other animal could be another dog, a cat, a hedgehog …)
  • by contact from one contaminated object to another (for example the cover of a dog affected by ringworm).

Once an animal is affected, spores of parasitic fungi can be transmitted throughout its environment: blanket, clothing, carpet, etc.

These spores are not only contagious, but also particularly resistant since they can survive 1 year in an outdoor environment, and therefore continue to pose a threat to healthy animals.

Transmission of ringworm from dog to man :

Ringworm is a zoonosis, which is a disease that can be transmitted to humans through pets. Very often, the transmission is done by direct contact, when one caresses a dog victim of the ringworm. It can also be linked to the environment (carpet, rugs, etc.).

To limit the risk of handing over, it is imperative to treat a dog affected by ringworm as quickly as possible and to limit contact with the animal before it heals.

Symptoms of skin yeast infection in dogs :

Different symptoms allow you to recognize a dog affected by dermatophytes:

  • circular hairless areas on the dog’s skin which may be slightly swollen.
  • a coat marked with dander (dandruff).
  • crusts and itching that may appear as a result of the dog’s unusual scratching.

Dog ringworm diagnosis and treatment :

Whether ringworm or not, most skin diseases can quickly lead to complications; the diagnosis must, therefore, be as rapid as possible. The presence of hairless skin areas will necessarily lead to the suspicion of ringworm in dogs.