Preventing ringworm: protect your pets and your family

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Adopting an animal can be an extraordinarily rewarding act; giving a safe and loving home to a pet in need. But sometimes caring for those animals can come with complications.

Cases of the highly contagious skin infection ringworm are not uncommon in shelter pets and vets say it can easily transfer to people as well.

"You want to just be clean," says Dr. Caylie McClure. "Wash your hands, obviously don't touch the infected area and if you do, wash your hands immediately."

Ringworm can live both on a body and out in the environment for an extremely long time, animals can even get it from soil that has infected hair on it.

Vets recommend keeping your pets clean, especially after letting them play outside or with other animals.

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