We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Why Do They Call It Ringworm?

They call it ringworm because Ringfungus sounds GROSS! But, truth be known, ringworm is a skin condition caused by a few species of fungus (dermatophyte) rather than a worm. On human skin, the lesions can look like targets or concentric rings (hence the name). On animals, the lesions can be circular or ovoid. The areas have lost fur and appear red, dry and scaly.

Some species of dermatophyte are found only in certain areas of the world; others more commonly affect one species of animal over another. The organism we see most often in veterinary hospitals is Microsporum canis. This dermatophyte can be transmitted from pet to pet, as well as to people.

Cats and dogs are “reservoir” hosts of these organisms. In a healthy, stress-free environment, the organisms exist on these animals but do not cause disease. The organisms can overgrow if the animal is ill or living in a stressful environment. If lesions develop, the dermatophyte can be transmitted to other animals or people via contact with the lesions.

Proper diagnosis is necessary to treat ringworm effectively. Treating a fungal infection requires specific medication and can take longer because fungi reproduce more slowly than bacteria.

Veterinarians will start with an examination of the pet. Samples can be collected from the lesions to rule out other conditions of the skin. As well, fur samples can be placed in a culture media-rich in nutrients, in hopes of growing the organism over a period of 2-3 weeks.

If a pet is diagnosed as having ringworm, we caution clients about proper handling of their pet in the home. Wearing gloves when treating or cleaning the lesions is essential. Washing hands after handling pets, even if the owner does not contact a lesion, is important. In multi-pet households, keeping pets from contacting each other is tough, but necessary if the transmission is to be avoided.

Ringworm is a biological organism that is very interesting but can become quite annoying if a family pet or family member develops an infection. If you see any dry, scaly areas of hair loss on your pet, call us at 204-269-8162.

Written by: Tara, RVT

Resources
1. Mario Pasquetti et al, “Infection by Microsporum canis on Paediatric Patients: A Veterinary Perspective”, Vet Sci, 2017; Sep 4(3)

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following policies are up-to-date as of Tuesday April 7, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. The hospital is still OPEN with the following hours:

Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

The boarding and grooming building is CLOSED until further notice.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice physical distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital