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Buddy & Porky’s Pet Health: Digging Cats and Ringworm In Dogs

By Buddy & Porky and the Oswego County Humane Society

Dear Porky:

I have a cat that digs holes in my yard.  Have you ever heard of that?  Do you know what causes such behavior?  I thought only dogs dug holes.

Mary

Dear Mary:

Thanks for your question.  You didn’t mention if your cat was digging the holes then trying to eliminate in them.  If this is the case, he could have a medical problem that requires your vet’s attention.  These holes would be shallow holes and most cats would then try to cover them.  If this isn’t the case there is a chance that it is digging after moles in your yard.  You should be able to tell if you have moles by the little piles of dirt and the underground tracks between.  Good luck.

Dear Buddy:

My dog has ringworm.  Is it possible to pass this to my children?  Should I keep them separated?

Kendra

Dear Kendra:

Thanks for writing.  Ringworm is not really a worm.  The name has evolved because the patch that occurs from the hair breaking off at the skin line is circular and it was at one time thought to be a worm curled beneath the skin. Actually, ringworm is a contagious fungus that lives in the hair follicles. It is icky but treatable.  It begins as a round patch of hair loss that, if left untreated, can affect the entire pet.  It can be passed between children and pets, so it needs to be diagnosed and treated with medication from your vet as soon as you can. Minimum exposure to children while aggressively treating the ringworm on the pet is a good idea to limit the spread of the disease.  Adult humans are usually able resist infection, unless they have a break in the skin that the fungus can enter.  Good luck.

Come Strut Your Mutt in our 5K Walk or Run and our 1 Mile Family Walk on Sunday, September 28th with registration beginning at 9 am in Breitbeck Park in Oswego.  Dogs are welcome!  $15.00 for individuals, $25 for families registered by September 19th.  There will be prizes, a picnic lunch, race hats for pre-registered participants.  Registration forms can be downloaded from out website at www.oswegohumane.org or call the office at 207-1070 or sign up online at www.strutyourmutt.eventbrite.com

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County. Our office is located at 265 West First Street, Oswego, New York. Phone (315) 207-1070. Email: [email protected] Website: www.oswegohumane.org.