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Ringworm

Ringworm

Support Your Cat in Healing from Ringworm Naturally

It would be easy to mistake ringworm as a parasite similar to roundworms and tapeworms, but it’s actually a type of fungus. Ringworm is highly contagious to humans, especially children and the elderly. Ringworms can live in the environment for over a year, and can spread to people and other animals in the home.

Cats develop ringworm after being in contact with an infected animal or with bedding, dishes, furniture or other contaminated objects that had contact with the skin cells or hair of an infected animal. All cats are susceptible, but kittens, older cats, long-haired cats and cats with compromised immune systems are particularly at risk.

Treatment for Cat Ringworm

When treating cat ringworm it is important to be as comprehensive as possible. Depending on the severity, antifungal medications may be necessary. Be sure to clean the contaminated environment. Provide added nutrition to help boost the immune system.

At NHV, we have natural support for ringworm in cats formulated by a veterinarian and master herbalist. Use these effective supplements along with the treatment recommended by your veterinarian.

  • FELIMM - Vet-formulated herbal support that contains a blend of herbs that have both antifungal and antiviral properties to help your pet fight ringworm.  Felimm also contains herbs high in antioxidants and nutrients to help boost your cat’s immune system to fight and control the damaging effects of the fungal ringworm.
  • OUCH AWAY - A natural spray to help soothe irritated skin as well as calming the symptoms using a gentle herbal blend of chamomile, aloe vera, rosemary, and natural oils. Helps with inflammation, infection, and hair growth.   
  • BK DETOX - A natural detoxifier that contains a blend of potent herbs such as neem, which has healing and disinfectant properties for the skin. BK Detox is helpful for immunocompromised animals.
  • PET OMEGA 3 - An omega 3 supplement. Holistic veterinarians recommend omega oils to support a healthy skin and coat.
  • ALL CLEAR OINTMENT - An ointment which contains a powerful blend of echinacea, angustifolia, marigold, and goldenseal to fight fungal infections. Because it is all natural, it is safe should your pet lick it.

Symptoms of Ringworms in Cats

  • Bald and scaly patches with broken off hairs in a ring-like pattern
  • Skin lesions typically on the face, tips of ears, tail, and feet. (however, lesions can appear anywhere on the body)

Additional Support Tips

A few support tips to help prevent family members from catching ringworm include:

  • Vacuum the house regularly, which will help remove skin cells and hair from your home.
  • Regularly dispose of the hair on your pet’s grooming brush.
  • Regularly clean your pet’s bedding and blankets.

For more information about ringworm from our pet expert, Dr. Hilary Cook, read our NHV blog. At NHV, we strive to provide all pets with a better quality of life.

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