Apparently my dog has ringworm and we had no idea. He has had it a while. I discovered a patch of ringworm on my HUSBAND and when i went searching for the source I discovered it was our dogs face. You can't see it unless you pull the fur back. So I called the vet and they are booked this week and the vet is out of town next week, I cannot use another vet because to be honest every other vet in town charges double what he does and I simply don't have the money. So for now I am treating it on my own and if its not clearing up by the time Dr. K is back I will take Chevy in, he will be going in for neutering and his rabies shots in a week and a half anyway.
Anyway, Chevy has 3 with a possible 4th spot on his face. One is nickle size, the others are much smaller. I feel stupid because I didn't know, but honestly you can't tell unless you pull the fur back and had I not seen it on my husband I would never have known until it got much worse. So this is the treatment plan I have devised for treating Chevy and disinfecting our home, please tell me if this sounds reasonable and effective. Oh I am ordering special shampoo to bathe him with but they don't have it locally.
I bought lotrimin and some dog "hot spot" medicine which is intended for treating skin irritations and claims to kill ringworm as well but I'm not taking any chances which is why I got lotrimin.
So anyone familliar with ringworm treatment please tell me if my treatment plan for the dog and the house makes sense.
1. Benedene and lotrimin on the dog twice a day as well as baths every few days (and bleaching the tub afterward)
2. I am tossing his bedding and will replace it when he is all cleared up. I will be bleaching out his crate.
3. Lysol everyday on both couches (he's not allowed on them but does it anyway) the lysol does kill ringworm. (We think the dog probably infected the couch and thats where hubby got it, hubby sleeps there since I have a little one co-sleeping with me in bed right now)
4. Mopping hard floors with bleach solution every day
4. Lysol and frequent vaccuming on the only rug we have downstairs, he doesn't go upstairs.
Will this get rid of it? I have only ever treated ringworm on a person before and didn't disinfect ANYTHING (I didn't know any better at the time and assumed it could only live on a live host) and still the infection cleared up and did not return.
We also arent touching poor Chevy much and if we do we have to scrub down. All towels are being washed daily rather than 2 uses and all bedding being changed 2-3 times a week rather than weekly. All laundry that can't be bleached is having apple cider vinegar added to it and dried on high twice to get it hot enough to kill the fungus.
Yes I KNOW he needs to go to the vet so please don't make me feel any worse than I already do, but the fact is that the vet is out of town all next week and Chevy has an appt the week of the 16th anyway. Also Chevy is approx 6 1/2 months old which is why he doesn't have his rabies shot yet, they don;t do them till 6 months in California and he was supposed to be neutered last month but a family emergency made a delay necessary so i decided to do neutering and rabies all in one visit. He is also having his vaccinations repeated )we think) since the rescue operation we got him from has been less than forth-coming about his vaccinations and wont even return phone calls or emails and it now seems he had ringworm when we got him so we are now unsure how well he was being cared for.