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How to treat ringworm in rabbits

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Many mammals, like rabbits, can suffer from ringworm. It is a skin disease caused by a fungus. It is one of the few diseases that animals can transmit to humans. While in some cases the infection can heal itself, there are some steps you should take to treat this disease before it expands or worsens. These basic steps will show you how to treat ringworm in rabbits.

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Shave the fur surrounding any visible sign of the disease. Protect dry and scaly areas with patches to know where to shave.

Sterilize the razor immediately after use, either with heat or with alcohol.

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Use gloves to apply the cream on the lesions. If there are other animals in contact with the sick rabbit, you should also treat them.

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Consult with the veterinarian about an oral medication. This is usually given for two weeks. Never medicate a pregnant rabbit against ringworm.

Thoroughly clean the entire environment of the animal. This includes your cage, your water and food containers, the place where you sleep and your grooming tools. Sterilize and clean everything with a mixture of bleach and water. The mixture should be a ratio of 1/10.

Tamara Runzel has been writing parenting, family and relationship articles since 2008. Runzel started in television news, followed by education before deciding to be a stay at home mom. She is now a mom of three and home schools her two oldest children. Runzel holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from University of the Pacific.

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