Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Let's treat our dogs! Natural Remedies for Ringworm!

Considering the recent events with the OSPCA York Region, I wanted to pos this very small but informative post on ringworm and some natural effective remedies. I realize that not many traditional vets will consider these treatments, but they should be considered as they do work!

Ringworm is one of the most common and widespread ailments in pets, especially in dogs. Ringworm is NOT worms, it is a fungal infection caused by an organism called Dermatophytes that feed on dead tissue on the skins surface. It appears as a circular mark and can spread quickly.

There are a number of different strains, all of them non-fatal! They can be treated.

Three of the most common are:

1. Trichophyton mentagrophytes – contracted by dogs and cats from rodents
2. Microsproum canis – specific to cats
3. Microsporum gypseum – contracted by dogs and cats from digging in soil

The symptoms of this disease would be small round lesions without hair. It will usually have a scaly center. Lesions are usually annoying and itchy and can be very uncomfortable for animals and humans alike.

Currently there are no reliable vaccinations for this disease.

Although there are many recognized over the counter treatments and preventative measures, it is a hard road to travel and diligence and patience must be utilized.

Here are some herbal remedies you could use for treatment of ringworm in your pet.

Calendula – serves as an anti-inflammatory and can work to heal the sores fairly quickly.

Licorice – also an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. A topical treatment by making a tea out of the dried herb along with hot water.

Now here is my favourite:

Neem oil from the Neem tree is an antifungal and anti-inflammatory. I can also help to relieve the pain and I’ve used it on my dogs in the past. Best thing about it is that the bitter taste keeps the dogs from licking! All you need to do is cotton swab it on!

We need to be aware that there are natural remedies out there for our pets that do work. With a little bit of effort from us as their guardians, we can help to guarantee a better quality life in mind, body and spirit.


  1. Hello! Out of curiosity, would you recommend tea tree oil too, as it is anti-fungal, or is it toxic? I don't have pets, but it's the kind of information that could come in handy.

  2. Hi Polmermaid. Tea tree oil is a very good remedy as well. Actually one of the best as well but I didn't mention it here as it is very harmful to cats. You can use it for dogs. But when administering it or ringworm, it is best used before the hair starts to fall out. Hope this helps out. There are so many good holistic remedies out there that it makes the OSPCA nightmare just that much more appalling.