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Fungal Skin Infections

Picture of Pet Ringworm

Picture of Pet Ringworm

Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin. It is zoonotic, meaning it may spread from animals to people or from people to animals. Affected areas on pets may look like round, bald patches of scaly skin. The infection spreads by direct contact with infected pets, people, or objects contaminated with the fungus such as furniture, bedding, grooming tools, and more. Contact with the fungus is not the only factor needed for transmission. The overall health, age, and nutritional status of the person or pet play a role in determining whether or not infection occurs. People or pets with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of becoming infected with ringworm. Ringworm can affect any area of the skin, but in pets it most commonly affects the face, feet, ear tips, and tails.

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Text Reference: "Ringworm (Dermatophytosis)." The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health.