Originally Posted by Tofu
I took her to the vet last week for an infection she had and she was given amoxicillin for that. Could that have weakened her immune system?
..... Does anyone know how long it usually takes for ring worm to show up after the first contact. That might help me figure out where it came from. We've been the vet about 5 time in the last month and I'm hoping its just a coincidence she's been sick with different things and its not a sign of something else, something more sinister.
Should I put her in isolation, or is it too late?
Your questions in order of asked:
- yes, the vet visits can stress them out, which in turn depresses the immune system... Moves, new stuff, etc. can all cause stress which weakens the immune system.
- ringworm spores can stay in the environment for 18mos. Cats can be carriers for ringworm and have it pop up when they are stressed. There is really no way of telling when/where she was exposed.
-if it is ringworm, isolation really doesn't do anything unless you lock her up and never go in the room. (because the spores can travel on you, her fur on your clothes/body) As well, the spores can get into the heating system/vents, even a simple slight breeze could blow them under a door.... IMHO isolation doesn't work in any case of ringworm.
the best you can do is make sure any other animals are stress free.... and if you happen to catch it, it takes bout 2wks to clear off a human.
Ringworm is really more of an annoyance/ pain in the arse than anything. Contagious to both humans and other animals. (in my house, one daughter and myself caught it...both of us had a virus at the time of catching it. My other daughter and husband did not catch it)
The only way to tell for sure if it is ringworm is for the vet to culture it... the results can take up to 2wks to come back.
My advice: research the treatments (there's anti fungal medicines, or ointments) and educate yourself on the hazards of the treatments so that you can make an educated decision with your vet on the treatment IF it is ringworm.