Ringworm in an individual animal is a nuisance; however, ringworm in an animal shelter can lead to completely unmanageable outbreaks, thousands of dollars in diagnostic and medical costs, the possibility of spread to adopters and staff, and an intolerable blow to the shelter’s status in the community. It is vital to have a consistent and effective strategy to prevent and manage this disease.
This guidebook is part of a resource library maintained jointly by the Shelter Medicine Programs at the University of Wisconsin and UC Davis. The latest version of this document and all other shared resources can be found at their respective websites.
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About This GuideBook
- Ringworm (Dermatophytosis)
- How is Ringworm Spread?
- Diagnosing Ringworm
- Treating Ringworm
- Preventing Ringworm in a Shelter Setting
- Environmental Decontamination
- Risk assessment: How do you decide how much to worry about exposed animals?
- Managing Ringworm in a Foster Home or Private Home
- Summary of Ringworm Prevention and Treatment