Ringworm, a common skin condition in cats, is not a death sentence. Now there are many ointments and medicines that quickly and successfully cope with this disease. It is enough to follow a number of hygiene rules, and regularly treat wounds. It is better to isolate a sick cat in a separate room.
Surprisingly, in Soviet times, cats with ringworm were simply euthanized in veterinary clinics. It was considered very dangerous to keep such animals in an apartment, because the disease is easily transmitted to humans, and lichen spores can persist on objects in the house for up to a year.
Spores of lichen are well destroyed by quartzing rooms with a lamp and wet cleaning of surfaces with a chlorinated solution. During the processing of rooms, people and animals should not be inside.
Now cats are not euthanized for this reason, veterinarians prescribe different methods of treatment, which boil down to external treatment of wounds and taking complex medications. Also, some veterinarians do double and triple vaccinations against lichen, considering them one of the methods of struggle. However, in the West, such vaccinations, for example, "Polivac" or "Vakderm", are used only as a preventive measure, but not for treatment.
Ringworm is a skin condition caused by a fungus. Fungal diseases are unpleasant in that they are easily transmitted to both humans and animals upon contact and are treated for quite a long time.
For the duration of the illness, deprive the cat is better to isolate in a separate room or even a large cage. Such a quarantine in the house is especially important in the presence of children or other animals.
Treatment of foci
Antifungal ointments, which are sold in pharmacies and can be used to treat people and animals, are considered very effective for lubricating areas of skin affected by ringworm. When treating cats with ointments, you need to ensure that they do not lick the drug, otherwise they may be poisoned. The best are ointments and creams such as "Fungoterbin", "Terbinafin", "Nizoral", "Lamisil", "Nitrofungin". There are also special veterinary ointments: "Yam", "Sulfur-tar", spray "Zoomikol", but they are more toxic agents.
With large lesions or if the disease does not respond to external treatment, complex medications are prescribed for oral administration. They come in the form of pills and injections. Some cat owners may find it more convenient to give pills. If the cat resists and does not swallow the medicine, you can go to the veterinary clinic for treatment for injections or do them yourself.
Such drugs as "Rumikoz" and "Itraconazole" show good results. They are available in micro-granular capsules. For a medium-weight cat, one fourth of the capsule is sufficient. The granules spill out and interfere with the bread crumb, after which they are swallowed in this form by the cat.
Of the injections, "Griseofulvin" and "Dermicotsid" are effective. They are available in the form of solutions for injection in ampoules of 5 ml. The cat is injected with no more than 1-2 ml. Cats are injected into the thigh 2-3 times at intervals of 3-5 days.
Treatment for ringworm can take from 14 days, in mild cases, up to two months - in severe forms of the disease.