Can I use athlete’s foot cream on my dog? Tips and Tricks

Can you put human antifungal cream on dogs?

To apply the cream, make sure you wear gloves. This will stop the infection from spreading to yourself. Even if the infection can’t be caught by humans, you risk transferring it to surfaces your dog may touch later. Your dog might be a bit sore from the infection or from scratching.

How do you treat a fungal infection on a dog?

Once your dog is diagnosed with a fungal infection, your veterinarian will discuss a treatment plan for your dog. The treatment plan depends on the severity of the case, the nature of the fungus, and if there are any other pets in the household. A vet can determine the identity of a fungus in several ways, such as by taking a skin-scraping sample, microscopic examination, or via a special ultraviolet light called a Wood’s lamp that can detect the fungus dermatophytosis.

Treating fungal infections in dogs usually involves the use of topical antifungal creams such as clotrimazole and miconazole, oral medications, and environmental decontamination if needed. If the dog has an ear infection due to yeast overgrowth, treatment may involve a thorough ear cleaning and a round of antibiotics to fight possible secondary bacterial infections, as well as antifungal ear drops.

Other treatments may involve the use of medicated shampoos. Many dogs with oily skin will first require cleansing with a shampoo containing benzoyl peroxide or selenium sulfide, or bathing with an antifungal shampoo that contains chlorhexidine and antifungal agents. The good news is that most dogs and humans make a complete recovery after a ringworm infection.

Bacterial infections are very common in dogs and horses but not so common in cats. The treatment for a bacterial infection includes antibiotics and sometimes topical creams or lotions with antiseptic in them, and more importantly, the unknown health problem diagnosed and treated to prevent any further infection.

Can you put Lotrimin on dogs?

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

Athletes Foot Cream for Dogs