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    Default What should I do?

    I got an email from the foster carer of the puppy we are supposed to be adopting on Friday saying the puppy has got ringworm from one of the kittens she is also fostering. She says she'll understand if we don't want to adopt her anymore or if we want to wait before bringing her home.

    We have taken two weeks holidays from Friday, especially to welcome this puppy into our home, but if ringworm gets into this house, I'll never decontaminate - what with two guinea pigs, two cats, a cockatiel and a hubby - none of which will want to cooporate with a hygiene regeme.

    Should I wait? should I choose a different puppy? Should I take her on friday anyway?

    I haven't even met the puppy yet, she was to come to us for a trial period, but still I feel really dissapointed. I've been waiting for this friday for so long

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    Ring-worm is not that difficult to treat..once treatment has started and is applied as per protocol, everything should be fine within a week or so

    Ringworm is contagious (spread to others) through direct contact with an infected person or animal. It can also be spread indirectly through contact with the clothes, combs, or brushes of others who have it. Once treatment has begun and the circular rash begins to shrink, the rash won't be contagious. Until then, however, a animal with ringworm can spread it to others.

    It might be better not to bring puppy home, until treatment is well and truly happening..Sorry

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    She is already being treated, but I am still waiting on info about how long the vet says she'll be contageous, Google says 3 weeks after start of treatment.

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    People it is mostly only a week..Also they would have caught it early. So quicker to treat. go with what the vet recommends. maybe ring your own
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    I'd allow 2 to 3 weeks for the puppy to heal where it is - and be looking for no recurrances at the puppy's current home.

    You're right - once it gets into a large home menagerie, it can be extremely difficult to eliminate.

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    Asrais, life certainly does have a way of throwing a spanner in the works. I'm guessing you cant postpone your holidays for a couple of weeks?
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    Nah, too late to change the holidays - it's ok for me, after the two weeks holidays I will be working from home, but hubby is a tradie, he had to fight for his two weeks off

    I think I'm gonna end up looking for a different puppy

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    Id bring it home anyway...its only ring worm...its not like its fatal if you are onto it with treatment. Thats just me though and I am in no way advising that to you as it is definitely highly contagious.

    However, did you know that ringworm usually runs is course after just a few months and goes away without treatment (my sister got it LOL)? I assume its the same for animals but could be wrong.

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    I'd bring it home as well or just wait a week until it isn't as contageous. We've had a puppy with ringworm before and just had to give it medicine every day. I did end up catching it but have never had it since. I'd feel guilty as to not bring home a puppy that you were planning on just because it caught a treatable illness and caused a little inconvenience. It isn't really the end of the world if it is pushed back a little and it could take longer anyway to find a new suitable dog.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Good news! Just heard back from their vet, she isn't contagious! The foster lady treats all cuts and scrapes that occur at her place with antifungal cream anyway, so she had been treating it correctly before she even new what it was. She says the first few marks that came up weren't round, so she assumed they were scratches from playing with the other puppy. Pup will have to continue her treatment for a few days to encourage the hair to grow back.

    So that means we should still be ok to take her.

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