We’ve recently been hearing rumors of a ringworm outbreak being linked to a public dog park.
You’ll probably be relieved to learn that ringworm is not caused by worms at all. Rather, it is a fungal infection of the skin. Unfortunately, it is contagious and can be spread between pets and people.
It’s likely that at least one dog that visits the park on a regular basis has ringworm. That dog(s) unknowingly spread fungal spores around the park on every visit, which then possibly lead to other dogs coming into contact with the fungal spores and developing ringworm themselves.
The problem isn’t the park itself, but the infected dogs who keep visiting the park and continuously spreading ringworm fungal spores around the park.
What can be done?
Check your dog carefully for round, bald patches paying close attention to their legs, head and belly.
If you find any spots, take your dog to the vet for ringworm diagnosis and treatment. If it turns out your dog has ringworm, keep your dog away from the park until the ringworm has cleared.
Since ringworm can be passed from dogs to people and other animals, it’s a good idea to keep a human ringworm treatment handy in case you get it yourself. Children are especially susceptible to it. Several friends have recommended a ringworm cream called Phytozine from the Ringworm Be Gone website.
Clean the floors and surface areas in your house frequently. Ringworm spores can be spread around your house just as they are spread around the park. Clean frequently, paying special attention to floors, surface areas, bedding and towels.
Nearly every one of our volunteer events starts with coffee and chit chat. One thing we all seem to have in common is lack of sleep.
Sleep is crucial to a healthy lifestyle, so we thought we’d put together a few tips on how you can get a better night’s sleep.
Turn off screens at least 1 hour before bedtime.
TVs, laptops, tablets and phones emit blue light which can alter levels of melatonin in your body. Instead of signaling your body that bedtime is coming, the blue light and melatonin is telling your body to wake up. If you can’t ditch the screens, try wearing orange goggles to block the blue light before bed.
Develop a Bedtime Routine
Bedtime routines aren’t just for children. Set yourself up for a good night’s sleep by going to bed at the same time every day, and performing the same tasks every night before bed.
Relaxing activities that reduce stress like meditation, taking a bath or reading a book are especially beneficial because they’ll help you sleep better.
Find solutions for things that routinely wake or keep you up at night.
If your husband snores, get him a snoring device from Stop Snoring, Sleep Well so that you can sleep through the night. If light from outside wakes you up, get blackout curtains to block the light.
Ruth Parker is a true Friend of Erie
MetroParks and conservation efforts.
A kind, gentle, and wise philanthropist, Ruth has contributed to upgrade the quality of life wherever she travels. In the late 1970’s her father John Frost, renovated the Frost Center, a building that once was used at the Osborn Prison Honor Farm. This act began a patterrn of family giving that has continued. The Frost-Parker Foundation was formed after Ruth’s husband, William, passed away and it contributed to building the William Parker memorial steel bridge that gave usability to Parker Lake at McBride Arboretum at Firelands BGSU campus. The foundation has given contributions to Adventure Walkway at Edison Woods and interpretive signs at Osborn Park. The Shoreline Park in Sandusky happened because of Ruth.
She donated to the Trust for Public Lands to accomplish its mission to conserve lands that have significance historically, ecologically and recreationally to the people of Ohio. This includes the pledge to aid in preserving east Sandusky Bay region under management of of Erie MetroParks. Its purpose is to be for recreational, educational, and interpretive programming.
A graduate of Wooster College, she and her later husband William have three children, John, Jim and Allison. Ruth has six grandchildren.