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Old September 29th 03, 03:35 AM
Sunni12
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When children get ringworm, they are perscribed an antifungal ointment. Isnt
there something similar available for dogs?
We are learning a hard lesson. We have a ringworm problem out

of
control at our shelter.


Instead of being proactive and euthanizing the 4 that

originally had it,



Why do they have to be killed? Cant you quarintine the shelter until the
infected dogs are treated?

-sunny

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Old September 29th 03, 03:35 AM
Sunni12
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When children get ringworm, they are perscribed an antifungal ointment. Isnt
there something similar available for dogs?
We are learning a hard lesson. We have a ringworm problem out

of
control at our shelter.


Instead of being proactive and euthanizing the 4 that

originally had it,



Why do they have to be killed? Cant you quarintine the shelter until the
infected dogs are treated?

-sunny

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Old September 29th 03, 03:35 AM
Sunni12
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When children get ringworm, they are perscribed an antifungal ointment. Isnt
there something similar available for dogs?
We are learning a hard lesson. We have a ringworm problem out

of
control at our shelter.


Instead of being proactive and euthanizing the 4 that

originally had it,



Why do they have to be killed? Cant you quarintine the shelter until the
infected dogs are treated?

-sunny

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Old September 29th 03, 05:51 AM
Tara O.
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"Sunni12" wrote in message
...

When children get ringworm, they are perscribed an antifungal ointment.

Isnt
there something similar available for dogs?
We are learning a hard lesson. We have a ringworm problem out

of
control at our shelter.


Instead of being proactive and euthanizing the 4 that

originally had it,



Why do they have to be killed? Cant you quarintine the shelter until the
infected dogs are treated?


For some reason I didn't see the other posts in this thread so this may have
already been covered. Most shelters aren't equipped to handle highly
contagious, to both dogs & humans, diseases. Ringworm can take anywhere
from a week to a couple of months to fully cure, having to bathe the dog 1-2
times a day with a special anti-fungal shampoo (that isn't cheap by shelter
standards). I know that when I dealt with it in a puppy, I also had to
apply a leave-in treatment afterwards. He wasn't that bad off but it still
took 2 weeks for the ringworm to be considered non-contagious. I had to
wear surgical gloves and a full-length, long-sleeved surgical gown whenever
I handled him. His bedding had to be changed twice a day and immediately
washed separately in bleach. It can be a time-consuming, detail-oriented
problem to work with for just one dog, let alone four. I know the shelter I
got the ringworm pup from was going to have to euthanize him if I didn't
have room because:

1. They don't treat infectious diseases
2. They don't have the space to keep a highly infectious dog for weeks on
end, assuming they could treat
3. Its not cost efficient in either a medical sense or in employee time
caring for the dog
4. Even if quarantined, there's a risk that the last handler of the dog
accidentally became exposed, leaving the human at risk and also any dogs
that human will touch throughout the rest of the day.

--
Tara


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Old September 29th 03, 05:51 AM
Tara O.
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"Sunni12" wrote in message
...

When children get ringworm, they are perscribed an antifungal ointment.

Isnt
there something similar available for dogs?
We are learning a hard lesson. We have a ringworm problem out

of
control at our shelter.


Instead of being proactive and euthanizing the 4 that

originally had it,



Why do they have to be killed? Cant you quarintine the shelter until the
infected dogs are treated?


For some reason I didn't see the other posts in this thread so this may have
already been covered. Most shelters aren't equipped to handle highly
contagious, to both dogs & humans, diseases. Ringworm can take anywhere
from a week to a couple of months to fully cure, having to bathe the dog 1-2
times a day with a special anti-fungal shampoo (that isn't cheap by shelter
standards). I know that when I dealt with it in a puppy, I also had to
apply a leave-in treatment afterwards. He wasn't that bad off but it still
took 2 weeks for the ringworm to be considered non-contagious. I had to
wear surgical gloves and a full-length, long-sleeved surgical gown whenever
I handled him. His bedding had to be changed twice a day and immediately
washed separately in bleach. It can be a time-consuming, detail-oriented
problem to work with for just one dog, let alone four. I know the shelter I
got the ringworm pup from was going to have to euthanize him if I didn't
have room because:

1. They don't treat infectious diseases
2. They don't have the space to keep a highly infectious dog for weeks on
end, assuming they could treat
3. Its not cost efficient in either a medical sense or in employee time
caring for the dog
4. Even if quarantined, there's a risk that the last handler of the dog
accidentally became exposed, leaving the human at risk and also any dogs
that human will touch throughout the rest of the day.

--
Tara


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Old September 29th 03, 05:51 AM
Tara O.
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"Sunni12" wrote in message
...

When children get ringworm, they are perscribed an antifungal ointment.

Isnt
there something similar available for dogs?
We are learning a hard lesson. We have a ringworm problem out

of
control at our shelter.


Instead of being proactive and euthanizing the 4 that

originally had it,



Why do they have to be killed? Cant you quarintine the shelter until the
infected dogs are treated?


For some reason I didn't see the other posts in this thread so this may have
already been covered. Most shelters aren't equipped to handle highly
contagious, to both dogs & humans, diseases. Ringworm can take anywhere
from a week to a couple of months to fully cure, having to bathe the dog 1-2
times a day with a special anti-fungal shampoo (that isn't cheap by shelter
standards). I know that when I dealt with it in a puppy, I also had to
apply a leave-in treatment afterwards. He wasn't that bad off but it still
took 2 weeks for the ringworm to be considered non-contagious. I had to
wear surgical gloves and a full-length, long-sleeved surgical gown whenever
I handled him. His bedding had to be changed twice a day and immediately
washed separately in bleach. It can be a time-consuming, detail-oriented
problem to work with for just one dog, let alone four. I know the shelter I
got the ringworm pup from was going to have to euthanize him if I didn't
have room because:

1. They don't treat infectious diseases
2. They don't have the space to keep a highly infectious dog for weeks on
end, assuming they could treat
3. Its not cost efficient in either a medical sense or in employee time
caring for the dog
4. Even if quarantined, there's a risk that the last handler of the dog
accidentally became exposed, leaving the human at risk and also any dogs
that human will touch throughout the rest of the day.

--
Tara


 




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