Bandit was the first dog I walked at the Humane Society shelter where I was volunteering, and it was love at first sight. We paused the walk to sit down in a field and enjoy the sunshine, and he sat on my lap.
It was at that point that another volunteer came along and noticed he had some pink spots on his skin. We took him to the vet on site and discovered that he had ringworm. He underwent a vigorous course of treatment for it which included twice-weekly dips in a sulfur-lime bath, medicines, and keeping him in isolation. He was sad, but gentle and sweet throughout, even when they scraped at the lesions on his skin.
He developed mange as a consequence of the treatment. I hated to see him suffer so. Before they could pronounce him non-contagious, I decided to take the risk and bring him home with me.
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Best decision I ever made! Not only was he not contagious, he brought me more joy, laughter, adventure, companionship, and fun than I could ever have bargained for! Almost two years on, he, my kitty Ziggy, and I are a tight little family, and will be together forever!