Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The Fungus Amongus
The following day I brought Pearl in to be looked at by a vet, and after they gowned up they turned off the lights and checked her with a woodslamp. Pretty much her whole body fluoresced which equals ringworm. Luckily we have a really nice Rinworm quarantine at my job where we successfully treat it. I cried a little, gave her a sulfur lyme dip bath then went home to enjoy the rest of my day off (and by that I mean deep cleaning and doing loads of laundry again!).
The very next day was great! We went and saw a Blazers game with my pops, and they won! Got home to crawl into bed for my 6am shift the following day and when I went to give Stan a belly rub there it was. Yup, you guessed it...ringworm :( I freaked out, I cried, then I brought Stan to bed.
I took a personal day off on Thursday to go to the vet for antifungal meds and my own Lime Sulfer dip and the vet counted 9 ringworm lesions on Stan. Poor Stan the Man looked so itchy and uncomfortable. When I got home all 3 of the kids got a medicated bath leaving the house smelling like rotten eggs. I put anything made of fabric (blankets, beds, rugs, curtains, dog toys) into a garbage bag and brought 8 loads to the laundromat to make certain everything got washed in hot water. I deep cleaned the house (again) but this time had a lint roller, swiffers, and bleach to try and get every single ringworm spore either gone or killed! Lots of work!. Since I can't quarantine Stan (we tried), he's basically quarantined in the tiled floor living room. He gets meds every day for 2 weeks, and Blue and Slim get bathes twice a week at the same time Stan gets them. Every blanket that they touch is washed every day, and the Swiffer has become our daily friend.
Tomorrow will be 1 week full week of treatment, and we're already starting to see improvement in Stan. His lesions appear to be drying up, and even though it's a lot of work the daily cleaning rituals are becoming routine! I come in contact with ringworm a LOT, but this strain that Pearl has is something else! Not only do me, Pearl and Stan have it but my coworker got it at the same time as I did, and brought it home to her dog!
Pearl the Persian should be renamed Pearl the Ringworm Spore!
Wish us a speedy recovery and a ringworm free home!!