Ringworm Diagnosis and Treatment
by R. wiseman
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Reader Question: How Do I Rid My Canine Of Ringworm?
My dog Sparky is 8 years old, since his last professional grooming he has suffered from what the vet says is ringworm. I have used neem oil, (didn't work) the vet prescribed Sebozole shampoo & Cephalexin 500mg for him. It helped the first round, then it came back, then I was told to use shampoo, also use resi Keto cholor along with the Cephalexin and Ketoconazole.
It cleared up for three months now it is back. I don't want to keep giving him all these medications that can cause severe damage to his liver. It’s been two years that he has been dealing with this; I do disinfect everything I can. My other four dogs don't have it or have ever had it. I even thought of using Collidal silver spray in his water. I am at a loss. Also my vet just did a visual exam. She didn't do a culture or the black light test. Can someone help?
R. WisemanVet Recommendations for Treating Ringworm on Dog
I am a little confused about your dog’s skin condition. You mentioned that he had been diagnosed with ringworm
, but then some of the treatment that he received doesn’t seem to be directed towards ringworm but rather against a skin infection caused by bacteria and/or yeast.
If your dog were my patient, at a minimum I would need to run a fungal culture to diagnose ringworm, perform skin cytology to rule out bacterial and yeast infections, and take skin scrapings to look for microscopic mites before coming to a tentative diagnosis.
If these tests have not been run recently (remember, a dog’s condition could change over the course of several months with the treatment he has received), it is time for a recheck. If you are not happy with the care that you have received with your current veterinarian, a second opinion might put your mind at ease and allow for a fresh start.
Best of luck,
Jennifer Coates, DVM