Ringworm Treatment for Pets

Ringworm is a fungus that is quite common in many home and outdoor environments.  Many pets can be exposed and infected with ringworm and show very little symptoms. For these types of pets, they are known as carriers.  Infection usually occurs when a pet comes into contact with hairs from an infected animal or a carrier animal, and sometimes from the environment, particularly when a pet’s immune system is stressed.

Symptoms of ringworm can vary and include the classic round areas of hair loss on the body, to non-specific skin symptoms of skin crusting or sores.  In cats, lesions often occur around the face and ears, and can often affect multiple cats in a particular home, cattery or kennel.   While many try and diagnose ringworm by appearance and/or see if the affected areas fluoresce under a special lamp known as a Woods Lamp, ringworm can only truly be diagnosed by fungal culture of the hairs, and/or a skin biopsy.

Ringworm that occurs in only focal areas can be treated with topical antifungal treatments such as Miconazole or Tresaderm.  Topical Clotrimazole can also be affective. In pets with more serious widespread infection, clipping of the hair may be needed as well as prescription oral antifungal medications such as Ketoconazole. Treatment in these cases can take several weeks to months, and all pets in the home should be treated, as well as the environment treated with an antifungal product.

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  2. LOOKING FOR COURE (RINGWORS) (6) nonths with vet seems a long time..to get red of..is black creek vet honist ? ? from what ive seen…my puppy has hadringworms as a pup it took a long time for them to even know,what it was..my way of thing gingworm is common & they ran every test known to man..now
    Im talking with petmeds and thay are giving me all the ifo they have..I love info..if you can help..thanks

  3. i took my puppy to black creek

  4. my puppy has been going to black creek, sick,loosing hair, not groing as his brother..they ran all the tests thay had,after (6) months he has ringworms! ! dont you think thats quite common,I see it all the time, ringworms, this product or that will take care of ringworms…now were on this med.KETOCONAZOLE..25mg.at the end of this 50.00 bottel and if there is a change,its not much…so like I say Im looking other places..
    it just seem A shame,If you love dogs,cats,etc..I know its A money thing..get what you can.but it seems like,every where you go they take your money,but you get verry poor service,you have to check,and more times than not..the service is verry poor….

  5. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Sorry to hear about your dog’s experience. Perhaps seek out another opinion from a different vet in your area.

  6. I took my kitten to the vet due to ringworm. He sold me a shampoo and a cream for all my cats. The Vet has also given me a prescription for Griseofulvin and Sporanox. Needless to say he said that they are extremely expensive. I don’t know what to do…. I can not find any one that can provide me with this medication not to mention that I am unable to spend an arm and a leg, Please help!!!

  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Check with 1800petmeds pharmacist Eddie on availability.

  8. Do I call the Pharmacy Line or is there a chat area

  9. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I would call pharmacy directly.

  10. where got the best treatment for ringworm.

  11. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 20, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Treatment varies. I like the prescription systemic drug called itraconazole or fluconazole.

  12. can you use tresaderm and clotrimazole on a cat for ringworm

  13. I have used both of these before on cats and dogs with ringworm, however I would make sure you clear that with your local veterinarian, who is needed to make an accurate and definitive diagnosis of your cat, as well as prescribe the appropriate topical and/or oral medications for it

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