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Question: Dear Dr. Mike, My cat is a ringworm sufferer. No longer have I cured her when it flares up again. I know I am doing everything humanly possible but to no avail. I used Grisofulvin daily for one month which did help but made her lifeless - I've also tried other internal medicines and anti-bacterial shampoos and I'm presently using a fungal spot treatment which I put on the hot spots daily for 3 days then another bath. It contains DI water, triclosan, d-alpha-tocopherol, mix tocopherol and vegetable oil. She is now pregnant and has broken out everywhere. Is it safe to continue this treatment or should I stop (she is not taking internal medicine). How can I stop the kittens from getting this disease if the mother has it chronically? I have other cats at home and afraid that they are all going to get this. If there is no cure for her would it be unreasonable to put her to sleep to save the others from catching it - I'm in a dilemma. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. G.J.
In more severe cases, several different treatments are used. For isolated lesions, the area around the lesion should be thoroughly clipped down close to the skin. Care should be taken when clipping not to irritate the skin, as this may make the infection spread. Also realize that the clipped hair, clippers, and any grooming instruments that come into contact with an infected animal will harbor the spores and must be heat or chemically sterilized before being used on any other animal. The lesions can then be treated topically twice a day with a topical antifungal medication. Several well known dermatologists insist that all longhaired cats must be shaved completely if the owner wants to have any success with treating ringworm. Popular topical treatments include miconazole cream, Lotrimin cream, or 1% chlorhexidine ointment. Because of the risk of a cat becoming an asymptomatic carrier, a cat should also be shampooed or dipped with an antifungal product. A 0.5% chlorhexidine shampoo, 2% miconazole shampoo, ketoconazole shampoo, lime sulfur dip, or a 2% chlorhexidine solution that is applied every 2 to 4 days have been used effectively, however, the lime sulfur dip is the most highly recommended. Topical treatment must be continued for 6-10 weeks, or for at least 2 weeks after the lesions have resolved.
It worked well and I wondered if I could use it on the cats. I asked my veterinarian about it. He did a bit of research and gave me a prescription for the ointment, oral medication, and a shampoo containing Ketoconazole
I was amazed at how fast the cats responded to treatment, and within 3 weeks all cats were clear. I was hooked! I wondered, "Was Ketoconazole the answer to the dreaded Ringworm dilemma?".I bath kittens or pregnant queens once or twice a week with this shampoo, depending on the severity. I also use it on cats that have Ringworm to help control the spread, and I bath my show cats in it before and after shows, as a precaution.It worked well and I wondered if I could use it on the cats. I asked my veterinarian about it. He did a bit of research and gave me a prescription for the ointment, oral medication, and a shampoo containing Ketoconazole
I was amazed at how fast the cats responded to treatment, and within 3 weeks all cats were clear. I was hooked! I wondered, "Was Ketoconazole the answer to the dreaded Ringworm dilemma?".Treatment for cats consists of oral medications and a topical cream, ointment or shampoo containing an antifungal. A special shampoo named , containging Miconazole and chlorhexidine, has been shown to be effective against ringworm. Cats should be bathed twice weekly. For the shampoo to be effective, it is important that there be a contact time of 10 minutes with the cat’s fur. This can be a difficult thing to accomplish, depending upon the cat. The oral medications work by inhibiting fungal reproduction rather than by directly killing the fungus. The topical therapy actually kills the fungus on the pet so that the hairs dropped will not be infectious. So, both oral medications and topical treatments are desired.