Some parasites are more obvious than others – it is difficult to miss fleas jumping on and off your pet – but any have the potential to impact your cat’s health and wellbeing. Ringworm is one of the problems you can’t likely diagnose at home; since it can transfer from cats to humans, you should have your cat examined by our team if you suspect a problem.
What is Ringworm?
Ringworm is a fungal organism, not a worm at all. It can occur in both animals and humans. It can cause hair loss or damage and a circular lesion may be spotted under the fur. If your cat is itching, losing hair or sporting actual lesions, you should schedule a visit to the vet. Since this can transfer to humans and can be dangerous for elderly family members and children, it is important to get ringworm diagnosed and treated promptly.
How is Ringworm Diagnosed?
Your vet will use a Wood’s lamp to spot the lesions; they glow under this specialty, non-invasive light. They may also take hair samples for confirmation. If ringworm is spotted or suspected, then your cat will begin a course of anti-fungal treatment.
Ringworm can be treated either topically with shampoo and medicated cream, with pills or using both. Your cat’s treatments will depend on the severity of the symptoms and can last several weeks. Your pet’s age, overall health and well-being and the extent of the infection all play a role in determining your treatment options.
Treating your cat is just the beginning; you’ll also need to treat your home environment to eradicate the fungi and ensure that your pets and family members can’t contract the same condition. Don’t hesitate to call if you suspect your pet has ringworm or any medical issue; we stay late after hours and come in on weekends to ensure your pets get the treatment they need.