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Pictures of ringworm in cats
Cats with ringworm, a contagious infection caused by a fungal called T. mentagrophytes. In cats the fungus can cause two different types of ringworm. The first type, in cats called interdigital, occurs between the pads of the paws and feet, and can be seen as a series of raised, ring-shaped, ulcerated lesions. The second type, seborrheic dermatitis, occurs on the skin of the belly, legs, tail, face, and ears and usually is limited to those areas.
RINGWORM: CAUSES AND PREVENTION
RINGWORM: RINGWORM: CAUSES AND PREVENTION
The symptoms of ringworm in cats include:
Furred or hairy parts of the cat’s body (face, ears, and legs) develop lesions
Tiny scabs may form around the affected area
Lesions do not heal properly and sometimes reappear
Fluctuation in the number of lesions
Cat scratch disease can be the cause of a ringworm type problem
The symptoms of ringworm in cats include:
Cats in groups or other animals such as dogs develop lesions (especially between the pads of the paws and the feet) that become increasingly irritated and painful
These lesions can look similar to scabies
The scabs will scab over with a crust, leaving tiny holes and open sores
The most common treatment is to use an oral prescription from your veterinarian, or other over-the-counter medicated cream, which is applied to the affected area to reduce inflammation. Antifungal treatment is especially helpful if the cat is an indoor/outdoor pet or a cat scratch victim. Unfortunately, if the ringworm is too severe, or treatment is delayed, a fungal infection may invade the cat’s lymphatic system, causing a life-threatening condition called mycotic granuloma, or mycosis.
Treatment is very difficult if a cat has mycosis, and the cat must be hospitalized for the disease to be treated. While a cat with ringworm has a very low chance of dying from this infection, it can cause significant pain and even permanent disability if left untreated. Cats that are treated too early in the disease will continue to suffer from the effects of the illness without proper treatment.
Drs. Brian and Katie Lillie
We've been working with Brian and Katie Lillie for a little while now. They rescued two of their friends cats in 2016 that were both full of fungal infections. We successfully treated their infections but it was such a scary time for the animals. They have been through a lot since then and this year they both got their own cats. Brian still runs a business called “Cat Noodles”. His love for cats and his passion for helping them has made him one of our feline family members that will be there when we need him the most.
The story of a cat and a dog.
“It was the start of a very long, hard struggle. Our first appointment was with a vet, who said he was going to take him in because he was concerned for his health. They did a bunch of testing and were able to put an origin for the infection.” Katie Lillie
They then took a very hard decision and gave him up for adoption to a wonderful family. They named him “Buddy”. In October 2016 “Buddy” came home to a loving family.
“We had a few more tests done and the doctor said there was a chance he might be HIV positive. That was so devastating. When I was able to talk to Buddy’s new family, I was so afraid they might not take him. He was part of their family and they had rescued him and nursed him back to health. It was one of the hardest decisions to make ever. He was the one who did it for them. He’s a beautiful cat now. He sleeps with them at night and they make sure he has a bowl of food every day. They take him for regular checkups and treatments to keep him healthy and they’re happy with that. I think they’re really lucky that their family fell into place and saved Buddy. I think it’s a story that’s important to all pet owners to help educate everyone on preventing any kind of infection.” Katie Lillie
The impact of Buddy’s story on Katie Lillie’s life.
“That whole year was really hard. He was sick all the time and he was the one we were afraid would pass away. I was pregnant with my second daughter at the time, and I would come home from work and my heart would drop. I remember one day, when I was coming home from work, I got a call from the vet. I knew immediately something was wrong. I had to leave work and it wasn’t until I was driving home that I knew Buddy wasn’t going to make it. When I got home and called the vet back, they told me Buddy had passed away. I just felt like someone was sitting on my chest. I was so glad to know Buddy had a good life in his final days. It helped me get through the toughest time in my life. I found a new family for Buddy and his story is being shared by people across the world. I’m grateful for that and I’m glad to have the story of Buddy to live on.” Katie Lillie
The importance of Buddy’s story.
“When I think of Buddy’s story, I think of how important it is that we have a way to tell stories to raise awareness about animal issues and we are doing just that. Buddy’s story has shown how important it is to be compassionate to animals. I feel like a huge sense of guilt has come from what I’ve done to Buddy. What I’ve done is something that, in my opinion, has shown the world how little I care about animals. I have done something to make Buddy a part of my life for the last five years and I’m sorry I wasn’t more aware. I want to teach others how to live with kindness toward animals and also how to care for them properly.” Katie Lillie
The need to share Buddy’s story with the world.
“I believe this is a story that is relevant to many different people and many different species. It’s easy to see that animals suffer for a variety of reasons, from not having any way of defending themselves to having painful and often slow illnesses. It is the kind of story that is an example of something really terrible that is going on with so many different species of animals. I’m interested in making this kind of story available to others to inform them how wrong it is to treat animals this way. I don’t want this story to end. I think it should continue to be a beacon of hope for people everywhere who want to see change.” Katie Lillie
Buddy was purchased from the Santa Barbara SPCA, shortly after they discovered he was blind. Buddy is part Lab, part Shepherd. He is blind and has a damaged foot. It appears to have been an accident and he is very timid. However, he loves to run and play. His heart is large and he has amazing energy. He has some problems with his vision but his favorite thing is to lie on his back