Early ringworm detection is fundamental in preventing further spread of this infective fungus. One of the easiest, fastest and most common forms of detection of ringworm is by using a wood's lamp. This is a special lamp that emits UV light at 365nm and the infected skin area will fluoresce. Many animal sanctuaries in Malta do not have a wood's lamp on site and rely on a veterinary visit to check the dog/cat. In our opinion this is something that should be present in every animal sanctuary and for this reason we are collecting funds to be able to purchase and donate wood's lamps by Christmas. The amount bought will depend on the sum collected and they will be donated to sanctuaries and individuals who foster/medicate and rehome many cats regularly.
What is it? It is not caused by a worm, but by a fungus. This fungal infection is common all over the world and infects almost all species of domestic animals. Ringworm is not a life-threatening disease, but it is contagious and requires the intervention of a veterinarian.
Infection: Infection is caused by contact with the fungal spores; however, the fungus cannot infect healthy skin. This means that freshly shaved, scraped, or scratched skin is especially vulnerable.
Symptoms: Knowing the symptoms of ringworm can help you catch the disease before it passes to other pets. In cats and dogs ringworm usually appears as circular areas of hair loss. These lesions may start to heal in the center as they enlarge, creating a patchy appearance, and may become inflamed or scabbed.
Detection: One form of ringworm detection is by using a special ultraviolet light (365nm) called a Wood’s lamp.
Treatment: The most common way to treat ringworm is to use a combination of topical therapy (application of creams, ointments, or shampoos) and systemic oral therapy (administration of anti-fungal drugs by mouth). Regular cleaning of the pet’s environment is fundamental to eliminate spores.