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My pet was diagnosed with ringworm. How do I clean my house?

By Dr. InoueJune 5th, 2012

Ringworm is a fungal infection that is easily transmissible from animal to animal (or human) either by direct contact, contact from human to animal, or contact with infected surfaces. There are multiple treatment options for ringworm which you should discuss with your veterinarian.

Ideally, the infected animal should be shaved down to reduce the amount of surface area the spores can attach to and thus transmit the disease to others. All hard surfaces, including floors, baseboards, heating registers and auto interiors should be cleaned thoroughly with disinfectant cleaner, then wiped down with a 1:10 bleach solution.

This is also true for cages, litter pans, carriers, food and water dishes. All bedding, sheets, fabric surfaces should be washed in hot water with detergent and a 1:32 bleach solution. Color safe bleach may also be used. Carpets, furniture and drapes should be vacuumed and steam cleaned frequently throughout the course of the treatment. Forced air furnace filters should be changed weekly since the spores are taken in through the intake vent and can escape through the outflow vents leading to continued re-infection.

Find out more about ringworm and other health issues on our Client Education page.