Griseofulvin & Dogs

by Jane Meggitt Google
    Griseofulvin treats canine skin and coat fungal infections.

    Griseofulvin treats canine skin and coat fungal infections.

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    If you've ever had ringworm, your doctor might have prescribed griseofulvin for treatment. If your dog suffers from this or other fungal infections, your veterinarian might prescribe the same medication marketed under the brand name Fulvicin for animal use. Although prescribed to treat fungal skin infections, griseofulvin is an oral medication, not a topical medication.

    Griseofulvin for Dogs

    Griseofulvin prevents fungus such as ringworm from reproducing by stopping its cell division. That allows your dog's natural immune system to fight the fungus. While cats can suffer serious side effects from griseofulvin, canines usually tolerate the drug well. Some dogs might experience lethargy, nausea or appetite loss. Pregnant or nursing dogs should not receive griseofulvin. Give your dog griseofulvin with food. Even if his fungal infection disappears, continue giving him the drug until all of the medication is administered.

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    About the Author

    Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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