Ringworm In Cats

Ringworm is highly contagious. In fact, did you know that you can get it from your cat? Despite its name, the skin problem is not caused by worms. It got its name from the typical worm-like lesion. It’s actually caused by a fungus. In medical terms, ringworm is called tinea corporis or dermatophytosis. Direct contact with infected cats or being exposed to contaminated surfaces or objects are the usual modes of transmission. Affected cats have red rings on the surface of the skin that are hairless and scaly. The most common sites where ringworm develops include the head, ears, and front legs, but it can occur anywhere. Just like in people, cats with ringworms suffer from intense itching. 

If you notice a small patch of hairless skin on your pet’s body, it is a good idea to have it checked out by your Aurora, CO veterinarian for it could be ringworm. Learn more here.


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