In dogs and cats, a lime sulfur dip is a traditional topical therapy for skin parasites and ringworm. Ringworm is a fungal condition that affects the hair and follicles of the scalp. It can occur on any part of the body but is most frequently found on the face and ears. It is more common in puppies than in adult dogs. Although Microsporum canis is the most prevalent cause of ringworm, other fungi (Microsporum gypseum and trichophyton mentagrophytes) can also cause the condition.
Lime sulfur is non-toxic to dogs and cats. The dip is effective against various skin parasites and is the sole treatment option for cats infected with the infectious mite Demodex gatoi. Severe itching, baldness, scabs on the skin, and hyperpigmentation are all symptoms of these mites. A skin scraping can be used to diagnose the illness.
Instructions for applying lime sulfur
Apply lime sulfur dip topically to your pet's afflicted regions. After application, do not rinse the dip or blow-dry your pet. Specific instructions will differ according to the condition being treated, your pet's age, and temperament. Allow no part of the lime sulfur solution to be consumed by your pet, and notify your veterinarian immediately if they do.
Once the solution is prepared, immerse your pet in the lime sulfur combination. The solution can then be poured over your pet's body until she is completely saturated. It is preferable to have the solution in a smaller tub or bucket placed in the bathtub or shower, as part of the solution will almost certainly splash out. Apply the dip to the face with a cotton ball, careful not to get it in your pet's eyes, ears, nose, or mouth.
After administering the dip, wipe away any excess solution with a clean, dry cloth and allow your pet to air dry. If your pet attempts to lick the solution from her skin, consider placing an Elizabethan collar on her until she dries.
Spot treatment with lime sulfur
If you cannot dip your pet, you can wet their skin with the diluted combination using a lime-sulfur spray for dogs or cats. Another option is to soak a cloth, sponge, or cotton balls in the dip and then use it to apply it to your pet.
In other instances, your veterinarian may recommend applying the lime sulfur dip to specific areas of the body rather than the entire body. For example, kittens weighing less than 1.5 pounds should not receive a full dip. Spot treatment may also be recommended if your pet is elderly, has mobility limitations, or has behavioral or aggressive issues that preclude a full treatment.
Frequency of lime sulfur dip application
The frequency and number of applications will vary according to the severity of the skin issue; therefore, consult your veterinarian for detailed instructions. A normal course of treatment would consist of one lime sulfur dip each week for six weeks, with at least two dips following the resolution of the problem. Your veterinarian may want a follow-up skin scraping or inspection to ensure the dip is working properly. Depending on the severity of the problem, different treatments and medication may be necessary in addition to the dip.