Does your Lab have ringworm infection? There are many effective essential oils for ringworm infection in Labradors. Using these essential oils helps treat and remove such problems in dogs and heal and prevent skin problems due to fungus infection.
Ringworm is not a real worm but an infection. A group of fungi called dermatophytes are responsible for causing this infection. The word ringworm infection denotes itching circular patches on your Lab’s skin or nail infections. It appears like fungus infection and forms a reddish ring-like pattern on the skin.
Dogs with ringworm infection typically have circular bald spots on the skin and these may develop lesions after a few weeks. Dermatophyte, the fungi responsible for causing this skin condition, lives in the affected dog’s skin. It eats out the hair’s keratin making them dull and weak. The dermatophytes eat in an outward manner – thus leading to a circular bald spot and exposing raised red bumps on the skin. The circular spot may not always be itchy but the area may become inflamed.
Essential Oils for Ringworm Infection in Labradors
Ringworm is a highly contagious skin disease that can be spread to dogs, cats, and even humans. But the good news is that there essential oils for ringworms and they are pretty effective in healing the infection.
Coconut oil is rich in anti-microbial properties that can help treat ringworm in dogs. The oil may be used alone in treating ringworms in Labradors. But since it is a carrier oil, many use it along with other essential oils. Several dog owners and holistic health enthusiasts believe that coconut oil is the best carrier oil to fight for ringworm in dogs.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has long proved its effectiveness in treating fungal infections. This oil is the most effective of all essential oils when it comes to treating fungal infection. The tea tree oil is potent to cause skin rashes. So, diluting it in a carrier oil is essential before applying on the affected area.
Licorice Root Oil
Unlike most topical treatments, licorice root oil is safe to apply even on the dry flaky skin. It has many anti-fungal properties that promote healing of ringworm infection in Labradors. Licorice root oil is gentle but diluting it in a carrier oil is better. Make sure o keep the oil away from the eyes, as it may cause issues when comes into contact with your eyes.
Neem oil can be applied directly to the skin. However, make sure it is pure and does not contain any other oil. This essential oil helps lessen pain while treating a ringworm infection in dogs.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract may be given orally or applied as a topical. It is often used along with other essential oils when given to dogs orally.
Oregano has a lot of antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is a versatile essential oil that is widely known for its effectiveness against different parasites, including fungus. Oregano oil may be diluted in coconut oil or sweet almond oil before being applied to the skin of for dog with ringworm infection.
Lavender is known for its calming properties. But this can also be an effective essential oil for ringworm infections in dogs. Lavender oil is rich in anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It also works fast and helps get rid of unwanted parasites in your Labrador quickly.
Calendula is also an excellent essential oil for ringworm infections. This oil does not cause any problem even when applied to sensitive skin. This oil promotes healing existing wounds while battling the ringworm infection in dogs.
Aloe Vera is not an essential oil but it has soothing properties that can help eradicate ringworm infections and other fungal infections in Labradors. It does not irritate the skin that is already inflamed and may be applied to the skin directly.
Preventing Ringworm Infection from Spreading
Ringworm infection spreads from dogs to humans easily. It is important to prevent it from spreading as soon as owners learn about the presence of ringworm in their dogs.
To do this, you must isolate the infected dog. Make sure that there is no carpet or furniture nearby for the fungi can latch and live on. Clean the infected dog’s bedding with essential oils to kill these fungi. You may also opt to discard the bedding.
Regularly clean carpets, bedding, sofa, and other furniture in your home especially if you have young kids.