Jul 26, 2016
You might naturally assume that a ringworm condition would actually involve a worm, just like roundworms and tapeworms etc; but you would be wrong. Ringworm is actually a fungal infection that occurs in the hair fibers and epidermis of the animals skin. Three of the most common fungi responsible for the development of ringworm in your pet are Microsporum canis, Microsporum gypseum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. It is important to have your pet's ringworm properly diagnosed, because the treatment for it may depend on which type of organism or fungus was responsible for the ringworm condition.
Ringworm is a highly contagious condition as it can be spread via direct contact with an infected animal or can be wind-borne as a result of fungi spores in the air. Ringworm is a zoonotic infection, which means that humans are also capable of contracting it.
You will recognize ringworm on your pet if you see small, round areas of missing hair. You might also be able to see the actual fungus that forms around the affected areas, as it will appear as white, scaly skin.
There are several homeopathic treatments that work effectively on ringworm problems, such as Bacillinium, Berberis, Chrysarobinum and Sepia. Keep in mind however that as mentioned, the effectiveness of each individual treatment may vary depending on the specific cause of the ringworm.
Remedies for Ringworm
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My cat Leo contracted ringworm recently. There are a lot of strays in my neighbourhood and the unusually warm winter we are having contributed to damp dark areas in my yard where fungus thrives. Leo must have contracted the day he ran out of the house unexpectedly when I opened the door to let the dogs out. The vet immediately told me it was ringworm and gave me chlorihexidine wipes (an antiseptic) and told me to use Lamisil. I did that for one week and the one spot above his eye spread to his lips, head and neck. I was freaking out because I've had ringworm before and it is itchy, gross, uncomfortable and EXTREMELY contagious. I have 3 other cats and 2 dogs so you can imagine my panic. I turned to Apple Cider Vinegar and, although Leo hates the smell, I have to admit that the raised, angry, red welts of ringworm all over his neck, head and face are quickly subsiding. I have kept him confined to a small room and I keep an e-collar on him to prevent him from scratching or spreading the fungus.
Twice a day, I make a 50-50 mix of ACV and water in a small bowl, wet a couple of cotton balls in it and dab it all over the afflicted spots. I then let the area air dry and immediately apply Lamisil to the spots. So far, it seems to really be working but no matter what you use, it takes about 10-20 days of aggressive treatment to completely rid the animal of ringworm. ACV is great because, despite the harsh smell, you can use it not only treat the ringworm but also to disinfect the room where the cat is being kept. It is extremely important to keep your cat's living quarters disinfected and, just for good measure, I dampen a paper towel and wipe his body down with the ACV mix to make sure that no ringworm spores have been passed to other parts of his body. Also, I have been using an antifungal shampoo for cats/dogs and I wash Leo with it once or twice a week...depending on how slimy he gets with the Lamisil.
I've still got about another 5-10 days to go. It's been a struggle but I honestly cannot recommend a better natural and safe treatment for ringworm (as well as many other ailments) than ACV. It's the best thing for so many applications...especially ringworm!
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Posted by Kathi (Arvada, Co) on 09/02/2012
Somehow I got ringworm and my Dr wants to blame my cats. They don't go outside and I don't know really where this came from. I checked my cats and I don't see any on either one of them. They are both long hairs. I wanted to know how I deal with using the Apple Cider Vinegar on them, since I don't see them having any ringworm. I have read where maybe they could be carriers of it. Since I don't see any specific spots to apply it to, would I just put it in their food? Would I give them a bath with Apple Cider Vinegar in the water? If so, how much would I use? I don't have a clue but we have to get rid of this asap! Thank you!
Posted by Tink's Family (Southern, Mo) on 10/28/2011
I have a 6 month of kitten named Tinkerbell who we adore! Tinkerbell has been very healthy up until recently when she took a trip to our vet to get spayed! She did amazing after the surgery and was almost healed when I found a spot of what my vet diagnosed (over the phone) from what I described as ringworm! I was furious because I have two children who had been exposed to it and it had to have come from the vet visit! I asked what to treat and was told any athletes foot medicine! I immediately googled to find out if it was safe and read that many people had no luck with this or vet medications!
I have been doing the ACV remedy for 5 days and thinks it's improving, but I'm not sure! I have been applying undiluted ACV three times a day with a cotton ball! We quarantined her to our garage because it is very contagious and we have a 3 year old and 5 month old! It peeled some hair and is really red and irritated! First it turned a brownish/red color! I wanted to know if anyone knows if it is better to dilute the ACV or use it full strength? She hasn't acted like it hurt and is still eating well! Please Help! We love her and want her back inside with us as soon as possible! Thanks!!!
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Posted by Gdsmkg (Las Vegas, Nv, USA) on 12/24/2009
After adopting a very sick cat from SPCA, he had ear mites, mange, ring worm. I first tried the borax mixture that I found on here, saw a little improvement but not much. Tried olive oil in the ears, was very soothing but didn't seem to do much.
Then I tried one capful of natural apple cider vinegar to a cup of water. I took a cotton ball, dipped it in the mixture, rang it out good. Then cleaned his ears with a slightly moist cotton ball. Within a couple of days I saw a big difference in his ear grime.
So then I thought I would try it for the mange and ring worm, I took the mixture, and soaked his ear good. I also wet the areas where there was the most flakiness and crusty flakes. Again within a week, big improvement! I highly recommend anyone to try this, but for him I couldn't use full strength. Just the smell made him puke on the spot.
One capful is all you need to one cup tepid water, it worked so well. I imagine you could also use it in a spray bottle and spray around the house, wherever he hangs out. They also liked me, so I used full strength on myself for ring worm and mange mites.
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Yucca Valley, Ca, Usa
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Posted by Jemsie6 (Ballina Mayo Ireland, Ireland) on 10/25/2009
i have had 7 kittens since june 2009 all being treated with a liquid remedy. 4 have cleared and am now left with three. one of these has ringworm in the ear - the other two have it around the eye area. how do i apply the apple cider vinegar, which sounds amazing, around the eye are without getting it in the eyes? i have four kittens 3 weeks old coming in tomorrow with ringworm and really dont want to have them spend their first months being caged when its not necessary
think this is an amazing site
thank you for any helpful advice
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Posted by Lililebron (Pocono, Pa) on 08/22/2009
i've used avc for my dog for other reasons in the past so i can testify to the usefulness of it. i was pleased to find out that the solution also worked on my puppy's ringworm within a matter of two days! just rubbed some on a paper towel and rubbed it on the ringworm spots on her belly once a day and its nearly cured in no time
Posted by Angie (Titusville, FL) on 04/30/2009
I have an 11 month old English Bulldog named Diesel. He came down with a terrible case of ringworms after being on steroids and antibiotics for an inverted tail. I read on-line that most of the medicine given internally for ringworms can be damaging to their liver. I came across this site and decided to try the ACV. Let me tell you, it works awesome. It's been 2 weeks and his ringworms are completely gone and the hair is already coming back in. I gave him a bath in Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo and then put undilluted ACV in a spray bottle and sprayed him all over with it and rubbed it in with my hands and let him dry naturally. I sprayed him with the ACV everyday for the first week, and then gave him another bath in the dandruff shampoo and sprayed him every other day for the second week. He looks amazing! I just started using it in his ears for the chronic ear infections he gets, so I'll let you know if it works!!
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Vancouver, British Columbia
Posted by Billy Krivolavek (Fresno, Ca) on 12/05/2008
I have a pitbull that a bad case of ringwormes i tryed the fungle shampoo.and the orle med.and it was helping somewhat intell her and my male locked up and she became pregnet.at that point i had no choce but to stop the oral med because of the puppys.i tryed to abort but vet wanted 500.00 dollors so i let her have them & they came out fine.and i read about acv & was treating the mother & it was working. I almost had it cured by the time the puppys came. (allmost) now i have 9 puppys 1 week old that have fungus all over there backs & spreding fast & mom is not looking good ether not as bad as she was but not good.but the acv will take care of her its the puppys that im triping on. one week old & im not sure if acv is to strong to use on them but its spreding fast and i must do something now ! im useing acv on mom and bathing her befour returning her to the puppys!can i use acv on one week old puppys? help im a dog lover & cant stand to is puppys in this shape! please emale me
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Posted by Romana Welch (Chaparral, New Mexico) on 07/01/2008
Apple cider vineger has cured my puppy's bad case of ringworm. Now I will be battling a bad case in a new puppy we just rescued off the streets. Thanks for being here for folks like us. The good ol ways have always been the cheapest and the best cure.
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Posted by KE (NY, NY) on 03/11/2008
After reading posts on this topic I tried using ACV on my cat. She's persian and it spread from 1 ear to the other then her neck in 2 places. Anyway... After trying Conofite for about a week and a half.. it just was spreading and she was looking worse. I thought, while I wait for the vet's "special order" liquid meds, I thought why not try the ACV. I put it on 2 cotton balls and put it on her ears and then her neck. WHY DID I DO THAT?? she HOWLED something fierce, snorted, etc.. I was almost afraid she would attack. (she didn't, she's a good kitty) I'm sure it was the smell along with the burning I guess. the next day, she wouldn't come near me! she cowered in the corner and ran away. She did let me put the old cream on her though. She had two dark "drips" from either side of her mouth. I think as a result of her trying to lick the ACV off of her. I DO NOT Recommend the ACV, but everyone's cat is different. I'll try the vrigin coconut oil, let's hope she likes that smell. Otherwise... PLEASE HELP... is there anything not painfull or smelly that I can do for my cat. The vet says the meds may take up to 2 months or more to clear up the ringworm! HELP!!!!
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Arroyo Grande, California, Usa
Posted by Katie (Bismarck, ND) on 08/03/2007
I've been using apple cider, scrubbed on with a toothbrush with my kitten for about a week now with no success. It appears to cause him some pain because he cries and after I'm finished and he even walks around the house howling for a bit. :( I wouldn't reccomend it.
Also: I thought it would be a good idea to cut the hair of where the fungus was visable (white flakes and scaley skin) so I could treat it better but it only seemed to spread to I'd advise against that as well!!
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Posted by Dianne (Haines, Alaska) on 08/08/2006
I remember once as a child I had ringworm and my mom used cider vinegar on it. It burned but it sure beat that ringworm out. We had used it on our cats and other farm animals also. When I was older I worked in animal care and a vet had me take photos of a huge ringworm on a goat and she had trouble curing it. I told her to try the cider vinegar and the goat was cured in no time, she now keeps it on hand. Vinegar is the only thing I will mop floors with now and it also takes the burn out of sunburn!
Posted by Judy (Tallahassee, FL)
I recently found a kitten with spots of ringworm on its body. It frantically chewed its paws so I poured a pint of natural ACV in a small dishpan and soaked the kitten twice a day for several days, sponging the liquid all over its body. Within 24 hours, the feet chewing stopped and in a week's time, new fur was beginning to grow on the bare areas. Sure beats typical 3-4 weeks treatment vets want to use.
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Posted by Tigerbear17 (Cheektowaga, New York, Usa) on 05/17/2013
My cat has Ringworm. I have been treating him for a week with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Extra Virgin Coconut oil. He has it over his eye between the eye and the ear. I have also been spraying my entire house down daily with a 50/50 mix of ACV and water. Is there anything else I can do ??? The skin is red and inflamed and there is a smaller patch of BLACK scabby stuff near the larger red spot. He is a long haired cat so I clipped the hair to get to the spot. I have 2 other cats who seem to not be infected.... I also spray all the cats daily with the 50/50 mix. Any advise ???? Thanks, Karen
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