My Dog Has Lost A Patch Of Hair On The Top Of His Head And It Is All Scaly. Looks Like A Severe Case Of Dandruff And It Is All Red. Does It Ring Worm Or What?


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Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
Ringworm, also known as "Tinea", is a contagious fungal infection of the skin, and can exist anywhere on the body. Contrary to its name, ringworm is not caused by a worm, but generally is a reddish to brownish raised or bumpy patch of skin that may be lighter in the center, giving the appearance of a 'ring'.

The treatment for ringworm is one of the many effective topical antifungal creams, such as miconazole (Tinactin) or clotrimazole (Lotrimin). Several of these antifungal creams are now available without a prescription.

Pets can be treated with the same medicines, but this is difficult, since they often don't get a rash with their infections.

Call your vet and talk to the secretary, or assistant, see what they tell you, odds are that they'll tell you to use one of the lotions you just read about. Hope this helps, good luck.
Valentina Virion Profile
Your dog could either have a ring worm or it could be a early stage of mange. Either way you should talk to your vet just to be safe.

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