You may be thinking of using ringworm shampoo to resist the ugly skin infection but wonder if it’s effective for you and your pets. To begin with, we all know that ringworm is highly transferable. Your dog or your cat can transmit it to you or the other way around. But using shampoo as a treatment may work differently for you and your pets. It may be one approach for dogs, another for cats and another method and formulation for humans.
The symptoms of ringworm in humans may depend on where the infection is. Ringworm of the scalp is often associated with red skin patches that are scaly followed by hair loss. This is when a doctor may recommend the use of ringworm shampoo or some anti-fungal topical medication containing these properties: Ketokonazole, Selenium sulfide or Ciclopirox.
Please note that your doctor may have to resort to other treatment if you are pregnant, planning to conceive a child, breastfeeding or taking some medications.
As for your pets, if you observe them developing some red, scaly patches on the skin followed by some hair loss, see a veterinarian to determine if it is indeed caused by ringworm. Once confirmed, and the use of antifungal shampoo is recommended, only then shall you shop for the appropriate product.
Ringworm Shampoo for Dogs
Your local pet store may offer the needed anti-fungal shampoo against ringworm such as Chlorhexidine shampoo 0.5%. Ketoconazole shampoo is also an option or Miconazole shampoo 0.2%. The veterinarian may give the bathing instructions and for how long but the typical dosage is every other day shampooing until the lesions have completely healed and hair has re-grown.
You may need to bathe other pets that you have at home even if they are not infected to kill ringworm spores that may have attached to the animals’ hair. These spores can cause the spread of the infection all over again hence the importance of killing them too.
The usual recommended use of ringworm shampoo for cats is twice weekly or every 4 to 6 days for a minimum of 2 weeks but no longer than 4 weeks.
Similar ingredients found in cat anti-ringworm shampoo are chlorhexidine and miconazole, said to be proven against the infection. Lime sulfur is another effective ingredient but is mostly used in dips.
If your cat happens to be long-haired, it will be a good idea to have the hair trimmed to ensure proper coating of the shampoo when bathing the cat as treatment. Never let the feline lick its coat while wet.
Points to remember about the use of ringworm shampoo:
- It is strictly for external use only.
- While it provides relief from itching, make sure no shampoo gets in contact with the eyes – dog, cat, or human.
- In case of eye contact, thoroughly flush the eyes with water then see a doctor.
- If the condition persists after using the shampoo for over seven days, see a doctor.
- Keep the shampoo out of pets’ or children’s reach to avoid accidents.
- Make sure to complete the recommended treatment regimen even after observing some improvement within a few days. The fungus may still survive and continue to cause repeated infections if treatment is stopped prematurely.
After you have successfully eradicated the condition with the help of ringworm shampoo and perhaps other helpful treatments, do a general cleaning. Use hot water and wash everything washable that you or your pets may have gotten in contact with such as pillows, towels, etc. You may also need to purchase new set of combs and hair brushes and get rid of the old ones.