Disclaimer: I am not an expert on Dog Ringworm, I am just a dog owner that wants to share our success story!
This past summer we adopted our amazing dog Lilah from a doggy foster mom named Shilpa. Shilpa had rescued Lilah from the Liberty Humane Society. When we got Lilah, Shilpa told us that we would need to go to the vet to have Lilah’s rash checked on (Shilpa had Lilah less than a week and was using topical cream which seemed to help a bit on the rash).
Here is a pic of the first day we got Lilah, notice the rash on her right rear leg.
Treatment, Take 1
We took Lilah to the Vet and they did a scan of Lilah’s rash with a florescent light which did not show any fungal infections. This fluorescent light method will not catch all fungal infections. Our vet, Dr. Jay (who we absolutely love BTW) from Twin River’s Animal Hospital in NJ put Lilah on Prednisone. The Prednisone greatly reduced the rash when she was on the full dose twice a day. As soon as we would back-off the medicine to a single dose a day, the rash would come back in full force. We went on another full round of Prednisone, and we were told by Dr Jay if that did not work we should go to a dermatologist for a second opinion. The second round of Prednisone had the same effect: great when on full strength but the rash came back as soon as we used lower doses.
Time for the Doggy Dermatologist
We then took Lilah to the wonderful people at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls NJ (as of this posting they are also taking care of Patrick another inspiring story that is worth a look). Dr. Kathleen Kalaher, the GSVS dermatologist took care of Lilah. Dr. Kalaher informed us that this could be ringworm, but that is rare in dogs in comparison to other animals such as cats. At this point we were informed that we should keep Lilah away from people and other dogs until we figured out the root cause. This was tough being around the holidays. Dr. Kalaher did a fungal culture which came back positive. Lilah had ringworm. Later, Dr. Kalaher sent the scrapings out to get an exact strand of ringworm and it was Trichophyton.
When we were waiting for the results of the first fungal culture I looked on the internet to find pictures of Dog Ringworm and I found the same pictures over and over and none of them really looked like Lilah’s. I vowed that once we got through our case of ringworm that I would post pictures for other people to see (that’s what you are reading now!). The other thing that was odd was that my wife and I never got ringworm and we are always hugging, kissing, and overall glomming Lilah.
Treatment, Take 2
The treatment was done with several 14 day intervals of Fluconazole. We originally purchased the Fluconazole from Walgreens and it cost over $200, but I just got it since I was in a rush to get Lilah better. There was no time to price shop. It turns out that Sam’s club and other places had the same thing for around $50! So if you have to get these meds, shop around! A few phone calls could save you major $.
Lilah Gets Cured!
The treatment took about two months and now Lilah is 100% cured! Her hair has grown back without any scaring! We had several fungal cultures done afterwards and they all came back negative.
I have a full set of photos of Lilah’s leg on flickr but here is a quick rundown here.
First day with Lilah
The rash gets better than worse once the Prednisone wears off
Here is where the rash was “sort of” getting better
Sometime during the start of treatment with Fluconazole (the rash was wider by this time) – some hair coming back (see the white)
Today (this is many months later but it has been cured for quite some time). Amazing recovery!
One last one of us down at the Asbury Park Boardwalk. She’s awesome! Thank you Shilpa, Dr. Ajay Madaan (Dr. Jay) and Dr. Kathleen Kalaher you have made our family very happy!