How can Cat Dermatophytosis be Determined?

Dermatophytosis or ringworms is a fungal infection that affects both human and animal. When it comes to animals, it is cats who have the highest positive culture rate. A fungi under the dermatophyte group, causes Dermatophytosis in cats. Dermatophytosis in cats is caused by Trichophyton and Microsporum.

What causes Dermatophytosis?

It is the fungal spores from Trichophyton and Microsporum species that cause Dermatophytosis in cats. We can see these fungal spores in the coats of our cats using a microscope. The exposure of a cat to a place that has fungal spores can develop dermatophytosis. It takes 10-14 days to develop after they get exposed.

Where are these fungi seen?

Well, just like any other fungi, they are also found in the environment. But, if we talk about any specific area, it would be difficult to define. They are mostly found in hot and humid environment. After shedding off from the cats, the dermatophyte spores can stay in the environment for at least 2 years without a host. Any warm and humid environment would support the growth of fungi.

How Cats are Affected by dermatophytosis

The kertain materials in hair, skin and nails of your cat are the actual nutrients of Dermatophyte fungi. A cat with dermatophytosis shows symptoms of drying and cracking of their skin. Dermatophytosis looks like a round and scaly lesion with a pale center. It also causes bald patches or spots on your cat’s skin. Some cats may show symptoms of constant itching, which causes a lot of discomfort in them.

How to Determine Dermatophytosis

Veterinarians use four different methods to diagnose Dermatophytosis. They may examine the appearance and location of the infected site or detect fungal spores through an ultraviolet light. Some vets may opt for microscopic examination of hair and a fungal culture of a hair pulled from the infected site.

Limeplus Dip is an effective generalized topical treatment for this disease in cats. If you want to apply it on your cats, it’s better to consult your vet.


What is Lime Plus Dip and How is it Helpful for the Pets?

LimePlus Dip by Dechra is a concentrated liquid medication applied to treat parasitic and fungal skin infections in cats, dogs, kittens, puppies and horses. It is a Lime Sulfur Concentrate solution, which is mainly used for non-specific Dermatoses where a sulfurated lime is effective. 97.8% of this concentration is the Sulfurated Lime Solution and it is the active ingredient as well. It comes in a 4oz and 16oz bottle, as well as in 1 gallon size.

Directions to Use:

You are advised to wear gloves, while applying this medication to avoid contact with skin. Pour 4oz of Lime Plus Dip into 1 gallon of water and mix it well. Before application, you need to bathe your pet and rinse off shampoo. Now pour diluted LimePlus Dip onto haircoat and apply onto skin and let it dry. Do not rinse and apply it only as per the instructions of your vet. If the medicine dries around the container opening or cap, it’s better to drown the sealed container in warm water for 15 minutes and shake it well. May be you need to apply it in 5-7 day intervals. Then you need to use according to directions. You need to store it at controlled room temperature of 15-30 degree Celsius (59-860F).

Caution for LimePlus Dip:

LimePlus Dip is for topical use only. You need to use only after properly diluting as per the directions. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of eye contact, you are advised to rinse it thoroughly with water. This product has a very strong, unpleasant  smell and may cause skin irritation. If skin irritation remains persistent or increases, stop using and call your veterinarian. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets. Do not forget to wash your hands after use.