I took in a litter or 4 abandoned kittens that are between 4-5 weeks old that a friend found in a box. Since I work in an animal shelter I thought I would be able to place them for adoption without a problem. However when I brought them into the Shelter they noticed something that I had not. One of the little ones was missing some fur on one of her legs. Obviously they couldn't risk taking them in and I'm now caring for them in my home. The little 'suspect' was evaluated by a vet but the culture won't be back for another week. She is on a topical cream and her fur is coming back already in only the couple of days I've been putting the cream on her.
I have her separated from her littermates but I'm asuming that the others probably have it too even though they are asymtematic at this point.
I plan on staring everone of on Melaseb baths this weekend since I didn't want to just treat her and find out a few weeks down the road that one of her siblings definitely has it too. Is this safe to do for kittens so young?
These babies have never been free in my house at this point but always contained in carriers and crates. My own cats haven't been in contact with them as they're on a different floor, but the dogs have had minimal contact. They haven't touched any of the kittens or any object that would have touched the kittens. Can they get this too just by being in somewhat close proximity to the inflected kittens?
I'm really confused at this point as I've been reading real horror stories about ringworm and that I need to put the kittens in a totally separate room away from everyone else. This isn't really feasible for me. In other places I've heard that you just need to be cautious, use gloves when handling them and wash everything they touch thoroughly with a bleach solution and use good sanitation.
In addition to all my other worries about my own furkids, I have a 99 year old Mother in the house who I'm trying to keep away from them as well.
I know that everyones experience is different but what should I really expect and how concerned should I be, particuarly about the dogs who share the same space as the kittens?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.