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Ringworm: The Most Common Skin Infection in Cats

Ringworm is a fungal infection which affects the hair, skin, and nails. While it affects humans as well as other pets, including dogs, it is the most common contagious skin infection found in cats. The most common location to look for ringworm is on the tail, head, or ears.

How is Ringworm Contracted?
Ringworm can be contract both directly and indirectly by an infected individual. It can be spread from species to species. For example, it is not just spread from cat to cat. It can also be spread from cat to dog, dog to human, etc.

Signs of Ringworm
If you are concerned that your pet may have ringworm, look for the following signs:
– small, round skin sores that are sometimes scaly at the center
– small, round skin sores that may have abcesses
– hair loss where sores are present
– red skin or darkened skin
– itching

What to Do If Your Pet has Ringworm
There are a number of at-home remedies you can use to help with fungal infections such as ringworm.
 1. Clean the wound with soap and water at least two times per day
   2. Apply any of the following to the affected areas after each cleaning:
Manuka honey (use a cotton ball or gloved hand for application)
Colloidal Silver (spray or use a cotton ball for application)
Apple Cider Vinegar (undiluted, use a cotton ball for application)
Aloe Vera Gel (use a cotton ball for application)
**All remedies have anti-fungal properties**
3. Once topical remedy is applied, put a cone collar on or a small t-shirt to  keep them from scratching the affected area
  4. Feed your cat food that is grain free and potato free
   5. Increase Omega-3 intake by adding fish oil into your cat’s diet
 6. Add coconut oil to your cat’s diet
**Both oils are beneficial for the skin and are an anti-inflammatory**

If you are concerned that your pet may be suffering from ringworm or some other skin issue, contact PetMedella at 612-812-9121 or email us at info@petmedella.com.