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Ringworm: Contagious From Dogs To People!

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

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Today I'd like to talk about ringworm. It is one of the most common diseases that can be spread from pets to people.

Do you know much about it?

Ringworm is a fungus that lives on the skin. It is more common in cats than dogs, but dogs do get it and it may feel itchy. Common signs are hair loss, scaling and crusting.

By its name you would think otherwise, but this disease is not caused by a "worm". It is spread from person to person or from animal to person. Or, it can be spread indirectly from contaminated objects or soil. The associated spores can live for years in the right conditions.

Ringworm infects three sites: scalp, body and nails. Learn more about this common disease. Go to: Ringworm (Dermatophytosis) in Dogs.

Please remember to always wash your hands after handling your dog.

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