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Karen Moriello, Kimberly Coyner, Ann Trimmer, Sandra Newbury and Darcie Kunder Treatment of shelter cats with oral terbinafine and concurrent lime sulphur rinses Veterinary Dermatology 24

Article first published online: 23 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/vde.12069

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Background – Dermatophytosis is an important contagious and infectious skin disease in an animal shelter. Itraconazole is the commonly used systemic antifungal drug, but it is expensive in some countries and, at times, difficult to obtain. Terbinafine is a fungicidal allylamine with documented in vitro and in vivo efficacy against Microsporum canis in pet cats and in cats with experimental infections. Hypothesis/Objectives – To describe the use of oral terbinafine for the treatment of M. canis dermatophytosis in shelter cats. Clinical significance – Where itraconazole is not available, substitution with terbinafine in established protocols may allow shelters to treat cats that otherwise would go untreated.

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