How is a fungal infection in cats diagnosed?

Original Question: Hi, first of all I’m very thankful for your time as my cat has a fungal infection and it’s winter so he doesn’t get exposed to sunlight and if I take him out so he can be exposed to sunlight he hides in the shadow. I’ve been using a Lamisil spray every day for about 2 months now but I don’t know if it’s working. Can you give me some advice/ways to get rid of this problem? Thank you very much.3 - Bob

How is a fungal infection in cats diagnosed? Jan 26, 2019

Hi Bob,

Thanks for you question.

I’m having trouble understanding your question. I assume you’re saying that your cat has a fungal infection. I researched Laminal Spray and found that it is a topical agent used to treat athlete’s foot in humans. Since athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, I assume this is what you are trying as a treatment. The most confusing part of your question is the reference to exposure to sunlight. I’m not sure what value or impact this would have. It only makes me think that you may be I’ll-informed about the diagnosis and treatments of options of whatever condition is present.

My first concern is whether this condition, whatever it is, has actually been properly diagnosed. The fact that you are using a human product makes me think that you may have just diagnosed this yourself and you’re trying a home remedy.

My strong recommendation to you is to visit your veterinarian. Have them perform skin scrapings, tape preparations and fungal cultures of the affected area. Try to obtain a confirmed diagnosis and only then move to a treatment. Also, consider using a veterinary product that is designed to resolve conditions in our pets and match their sensitivities and tolerances.

Thanks for your question. Best of luck.

Dr. Clayton Greenway

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Have them perform skin scrapings, tape preparations and fungal cultures of the affected area. Try to obtain a confirmed diagnosis and only then move to treatment. Consider using a veterinary product that is designed to resolve conditions in our pets and match their sensitivities and tolerances. 
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