Equine Ringworm is also known as Trichophyton Equinum. It is an infection of the skin caused by a fungus. It is extremely contagious and affects horses’ skin, hair, hooves, and skin. Ringworm can spread from horse to horse by contact with infected animals, as well as contact with contaminated objects such as blankets, brushes, saddles and blankets. It can cause severe hair loss and permanent skin damage if it is not treated. It is possible to prevent and treat equine ringsworm in horses by following a few easy steps.
To prevent equine ringsworm in horses, the first step is to identify it. Ringworm is characterized by circular patches of hair loss and raised borders. Itchy, reddened, or scaly patches can appear. They may also have pustules or an unpleasant odor in some cases. To identify ringworm, your veterinarian may use a Wood’s Lamp to shine a black light onto the affected areas.
It is crucial to start treatment immediately after ringworm is diagnosed. Your veterinarian might recommend topical or oral medication, such as griseofulvin or terbinafine. Sometimes, your veterinarian may recommend medicated shampoos and dips. Follow your veterinarian’s advice and continue treatment until the infection is gone.
To prevent ringworm spreading to other horses, it is important to quarantine infected horses. All blankets, brushes, or other items must be washed thoroughly and disinfected. You should also keep infected horses away until you have checked them for ringworm.
Good hygiene is the best way to prevent horse ringworm. Make sure you thoroughly disinfect all items that may come in contact with horses (such as blankets, saddles, or brushes). Avoid sharing items with horses, and ensure that you have good insect control in your stable to prevent the spread ringworm.
Your veterinarian may recommend vaccination against ringworm in certain cases. These vaccines may not be 100% effective but they can reduce the chance of your horse getting ringworm.
Ringworm in horses is a contagious skin condition that can lead to severe hair loss and permanent skin damages. It is possible to prevent and treat ringworm in horses by proper identification, treatment and quarantine. In some cases, vaccinations may be necessary. These guidelines will help you ensure your horses are healthy and free from ringworm.
What are the symptoms of equine ringsworm?
Ringworm is characterized by circular, raised-bordered patches of hair loss. Itchy, reddened, or scaly patches can appear. They may also have pus-like or unpleasant odors.
How can equine ringsworm be treated?
Topical and oral medication are the most common treatments for ringworm in horses. Your veterinarian might also recommend medicated shampoos and dips. Follow your doctor’s advice and continue treatment until the infection is gone.