I work for a groomer that works in a pet store, and there was a recent outbreak of ringworm in the store. It has spread all over town. We are constantly getting in animals that have ringworm and the owners want us to help get rid of it. What is the best way to stop it from spreading quickly? Also, what is the best way to treat the animals that are coming in? We are using iodine baths and anti-fungus creams, but is there anything else we can do?
Ringworm is a zoonotic disease( it can spread to people) so minimize exposure of people and other animals to affected animals. There are many different forms of topical therapy including Miconazole (Conofite). It is recommend to shave or clip the affected area to prevent the infected hairs from disseminating into the environment. Chlorhexidine or miconazoe shampoos work as well as lime sulfur dips. Continue therapy for 2 weeks past clinical signs. Systemic therapy can also be used in cases not responding to topical therapy. Griseofulvin is commonly used. Some also use the flea preventive called Program. In high doses is has been used to treat ringworm. Good luck, vetcare