Among the things that can affect your pet's health, a much known disease is the infestation with ringworms.
The ringworms are common and they can affect both dogs and cats.
The serious thing is that ringworms can cross from humans to pets and the other way around.
The peculiar thing is that ringworms are not actually worms but fungus.
Three types of ringworms exist in dogs, cats and rats.
For example, if a dog or cat touched a rat, he gets infected.
Another form of ringworm is on the ground, in the soil.
The animal gets infected by stepping on the grown.
And the final type develops only in cats.
If a person gets ringworm, on the skin he will see a rash in the shape of a ring.
But on animals you can not see that and this is why it is hard to detect.
What are the main symptoms of ringworms in your pets? First of all, the pet will start scratching.
This doesn't mean he has flees.
The scratching is a clear sign of ring worms.
Those worms leave some hurtful marks on the body, creating bumps.
Besides that, another clear indication of infection is the loss of hair in those bumpy areas.
If you suspect ringworm in your pet, take it immediately to the vet.
Don't touch those areas because the ringworms could spread easily to you also.
The vet will give you some creams and shampoo for the pet and you can use that safely.
Usually, the treatments for this disease contain Ketoconazole and can be found in any pet store or vet cabinet.
The normal treatment takes around eight weeks.
Even if the pet seems to be doing much better after just a few days, don't stop the treatment.
Even if you have treated the lesions, some ringworm spores can still live in the skin for many weeks after.
Another important fact is to clean the house also, especially the pet's things.
Some specialists say that ringworms spores can hide in blankets or carpets and live there up to an incredible two years period.
Vacuum carefully all the rugs and carpets in the house, especially the ones used by the cat or dog.
This is the only way you can make sure that spores don't infect the pet again.
If you do all these things, you should have no problem with keeping your pet healthy.