When my first German shepherd was about eleven years old, he developed a bald spot on his side. It was quite obvious, since his black fur contrasted with the white skin beneath. I couldn't figure out what was going on, as the bald spots continued to spread. Turns out, my dog had ringworm.
Nope, that's not a worm that's fond of jewelry, either! Ringworm is a fungus and it's most likely to affect old pets--and babies. In fact, when my kitten came to live with us, she also had ringworm on her face--but it looked different than what had afflicted my dog. Ringworm can masquerade as any number of skin disorders and fool you. It doesn't necessarily look line the red "rings" that give it a name due to the human condition--and yep, you can get ringworm fungus from your pets, and the puppy can get it from you!
That's why it's so important to learn about this parasite. My latest article describes how your puppy can get ringworm, what it may look like, how to treat it and how you can prevent it from spreading. Kids are especially susceptible, go figure. Learn more in this article about ringworm.