Ringworm in dogs is a fungal infection of the skin characterized by dry, scaly, inflamed, itchy or irritated skin that can easily be spotted by scanty hair, red skin, dandruff, and, in some cases, pustules. Ringworm can occur anywhere on the skin especially in the skin folds. Natural and homeopathic antifungal treatments are available to cure and prevent the spread of ringworm.
It is important to treat ringworm as early as possible to curb secondary infection to other areas of the skin, other animals and humans. The skin disease causes blisters and cracks and can be extremely painful if left untreated. Antibiotics must be administered at the extreme stages. Early treatment involves identification of the possible cause of the infection, stopping the fungus from spreading, and eliminating it quickly. Pet owners need to ensure that ringworm doesn’t recur by eliminating it completely in the earliest stages.
Isolate the cause for infection
Ringworm is transmitted either through direct contact or from contaminated materials and surroundings like toys, other infected dogs as well as pet-owner’s clothing or even staying in dirty kennels. Other factors like poor nutrition, suppressed immune system etc can also increase the chance of fungal skin infection. Children and other pets with suppressed immune systems are most common carriers.
Stop the fungus from spreading
Ringworm in dogs can spread to other dogs and humans that come in contact with the infected animal. It can also spread to other parts of the body of the same infected animal if not treated in good time.
- Pet owners must clean and wash the kennels, dog blankets, bowls, toys and clothes of owners using a solution of bleach diluted using 10 parts water to prevent the fungal spores from spreading.
- One must also use antifungal shampoo to check aggravation and spreading of ringworm.
- If required, shave the affected areas.
- Use calendula, a homeopathic cream, to cure infection.
Natural remedies to cure, heal and prevent ringworm from spreading
- Mix apple cider vinegar and water and use it to rinse your canine in order to heal existing infection.
- Rub crushed garlic on the affected area and leave for half an hour. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day to cure and heal the infected area.
- Apply a mixture of equal amounts of oregano oil and extra-virgin olive oil in the affected area and leave for a few hours.
- Refrigerate used tea bags and apply them on the infected area. Repeat until the infection clears.
- Apply coconut oil on the affected area to sooth and heal.
Homeopathic remedies for ringworm in dogs
- APIS, BACILLIUM, SEPIA, SULPHUR, TELLURIUM, KALIUM ARSINICUM, PSOR are the common homeopathic remedies associated with curing ringworm in dogs. Consult a homeopath/vet for exact potency and dosage.
- It is hard to select a suitable homeopathic remedies for ringworm in dogs because it requires an in-depth knowledge of the biological nature of the patient and the nature of the ailment. Individual pets exhibit individual set of symptoms based on their composition and a suitable remedy should be chosen after a thorough understanding of the pet as well as the disease. Consult a registered practitioner when in doubt.
- Homeopathic medicines have indefinite shelf life. Store the medicine carefully away from strong odors and sunlight. A wooden chest is ideal for storage.
- Try one remedy at a time. Administer every 15 minutes in case of an acute infection. After the first hour, if the remedy has failed or stopped affecting after slight relief, it is possible you have chosen the wrong remedy. Move to a different but non-inimical remedy.
- Homeopathic natural ringworm treatment for dogs comes in the form of sugar pills and tablets, and sometimes as liquid. The pills and tablets must not be touched. Open the pet’s mouth and pop the pills directly onto the tongue. If using liquid, put 10 drops of the liquid medicine in half a cup of water and feed this water to the pet.
- Homeopathic medicines are absorbed through the blood vessels in the tongue and must be administered on a relatively clear tongue. Do not feed your pet 10 minutes before and after administering the medicine.
- Homeopathic medicines are made from natural substances that come from mineral, vegetables, plants and animals and are manufactured carefully eliminating all toxicity. A homeopathic remedy is as good as a natural remedy for ringworm and is safe from any side effects.
We hope these homeopathic remedies for ringworm in dogs help cure the infection quickly.