Ringworm Remedies for Pets: Q&A

Last Modified on Jan 30, 2012


01/30/2012: Chica Rocks from Arvada, Co, Usa: I have a 4 yr. old Chihuahua and I noticed several months ago that she was losing hair in a V shape on one ear. I called a pet supplier and he suggested coconut oil. I did that for a while. She didn't mind it too much. Kept getting worse. Took her to another vet. He turned off lights and used a black light (from the hippy days) and we looked at the tips of her ears and there were green emeralds (tiny) reflecting the black light. Then he said, "Ringworm". I know it is NOT a worm!!! It's a fungus and when it reaches maturity, it blooms and spreads more of its kind around the home.... She is not losing hair in a circle. She is losing it all over the back of her ears (big ears... ). She looks like a dog you would not want to pet. Especially when I have her slicked down with her meds. What's worse is that she is a sevice animal for me and I have to crate her when I leave. Plus, the cat and I don't have it after months of exposure. I did the bleach everything, vac the house, wash all sheets, bedding, and dipped her crate in bleach water, etc. And, frankly, I don't have the health to do this every day. The vet sold me "Animax Ointment (nystantin-neomycin sulfate-thiostrepton-triancinolone-acetonide ointment). I'm almost out. I read about getting athlete's foot meds and then I read about the guy's cat who turned into a zombie on that - my dog is 10 pounds and 5 pounds smaller than my cat..... I did find a version of Lotrimin called Pro-Ex Natureplex which has the same ingredient for. 99 at Walmart. But, I'm afraid to use it!!

I haven't seen any progress!!! She doesn't scab or scratch or bleed. She shakes her head a lot. It's driving me crazy!!! I guess I'll try the Apple Cider Vinegar (was confused by ACV) and see if it helps. I'm tired of my house smelling like Clorox and my little sweetheart looking like rats have been chewing on her ears! Also, this has only attacked her ears.... Do you all agree that the diagnosis was right? Let me know - sounds like you have all been through it........... N

Kittens with Ringworm Around Nose, Mouth and Eyes

05/04/2008: Teri : I have 8 kittens with ringworm on there nose mouth and eyes. Going basically into there eyes. Can i use apple cider vinegar or iodine or lotrimin around the eyes? Should i feed them garlic and acp mixed with yogart or cottage cheese? thank you Teri. P.S. They are almost 3 months old. And they are medium short hair.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Using iodine solution or colorless iodine (sodium iodide and potassium iodide) would be a much safer choice. Yogurt and cottage cheese wouldn't work, and garlic might be toxic to cats. Apple cider vinegar or vinegar sometimes work, but if it is not ringworm, it might cause inflammation since vinegar is acid and can get into the cat's eyes. I prefer a much milder solution of 1% H2O2 in borax applied topically. That's because once they evaporated, the only remains is a small borax powder. Iodine might cause some irritation, although not much and can be rinsed if it did get into the cat's eyes.

Liquid Bandaid for Cats

10/21/2006: Donna from Winston Salem, NC: Question Regarding Ringworm in Cats: Is "Liquid Bandaid" safe to use on kittens and cats? I read that nail polish method can be harmful to pets. Is Liquid Bandaid a safe alternative for pets? Also, has anyone heard of putting "Gold Bond Medicated Powder" on pets to treat ringworm?? A foster mother of cats said this is her cure. I will try the Apple Cider Vinegar bath on my 3 month old kitten who has ringworm. Our vet has just put her on liquid drops but since the culture took 7 days to develop the ringworm has rapidly spread. I am fearful of this oral medications and the potential side effects of this medication. Please advise.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: No. The ingredients for liquid bandaid is acetone and alcohol. It appears that cats are quite sensitive to the acetone content of liquid bandaid. Washing the cats in a saturated solution of borax in vinegar would be a more safer alternative. The key is frequent application without rinse. In some cases liquid bandaid appears to spread the ringworm fungus especially during rainy season or when the weather is wet. The bandaid sometimes do not stick well and if the cat scratches the area, this creates extra problem. Therefore the key to treatment is using borax and ACV or vinegar would solve the itchiness and the killing of the ringworm all at once. Liquid bandaid does not appear to be effective.



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