Short Takes

September 2010 Issue

Curing Ringworm in a Shelter

Ringworm (dermatophytosis) is a superficial yet highly contagious fungal skin infection that affects many animals, as well as humans. In healthy cats, it is generally self-curing, and should resolve over the course of several months. However, treatment will shorten the course and help to prevent it from spreading, including to humans. This is particularly important in a shelter environment where infection can negatively impact adoptions, and is a risk for staff and visitors.

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