Can antifungal cream be used on dogs? Here’s What to Expect

Can you use human antifungal cream on dogs?

There are several antifungal creams designed for human use that treat issues like athlete’s foot. But these are not designed for dogs. There also isn’t evidence-based guidance on dosing, frequency of application, or harmful potential side effects. It’s best to instead speak to your vet about other remedies, such as antifungal shampoo and oral antifungal medication.

Efficacy of Antifungal Therapy in Dogs

Fungal infections are not uncommon in dogs and are usually successfully treated. If infections are left until severe skin problems and secondary infections occur, antifungal therapy can prove more challenging, and additional intervention may be required, such as antibiotics. If immune system compromise or allergies is a contributing factor, and is not addressed, recurrence of fungal infections may occur.

Your dog may experience side effects from antifungal medications including nausea, diarrhea, and loss of appetite during treatment. Supporting your dog by ensuring they stay hydrated and have appropriate food that will not further aggravate gastrointestinal symptoms is required. You will need to administer medication for several days or weeks to address yeast infection. Oral medication should be given as directed and may be given with food if appropriate to address gastric symptoms. Antifungal creams should be applied as directed to skin and gloves should be worn to prevent contamination if ringworm or other contagious fungal infection is present. If contagious conditions are present, take steps to protect other pets in the home. Care may need to be taken to ensure your dog does not lick antifungal cream off after application and an E-collar or bandage may be required.

Ear infections from yeasts require intensive cleaning and aggressive treatment with antifungal creams, and the more care provided by pet owners to remove debris and hair and to ensure medication is received, the more effective antifungal therapy will be in resolving the condition. Cleaning to remove dead candida and fungus organisms after treatment is important to prevent reinfection.

Clotrimazole Directions:

  • Clotrimazole Cream is an over-the-counter (OTC) product used to treat fungal infections such as ringworm.
  • Do not use Clotrimazole Cream in your pets eyes, ears, or nose.
  • Do not use Clotrimazole Cream longer than 14 days unless otherwise directed to by your veterinarian.
  • Tip:

    Wash your hands thoroughly after applying Clotrimazole Cream to prevent the spread of infection.

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    As pet owners, we are always looking for ways to keep our furry friends healthy and happy. One common concern for dog owners is the possibility of fungal infections, which can manifest in various forms such as ringworm, candidiasis, and dermatitis. In this article, we will explore the safety and effectiveness of using antifungal creams on dogs and consider the potential risks and benefits of this treatment option.