TRADE NAMES:Dermacide Solution
Foot Rot & Ringworm Spray
This drug is a medication that fights fungal skin infections in cats, dogs and horses. Benzalkonium chloride will help control summer itch, girth itch, foot rot and ringworm. Benzalkonium chloride is available in the form of a topical spray.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- An antifungal
- For cats, dogs and horses
- Applied directly on the skin
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm, girth itch, foot rot and summer itch
Read and follow the prescription label carefully.
Use the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed.
Discuss with your veterinarian if you should clean the affected area prior to applying the medication.
It may be necessary to clip the hair around the affected area to assist with the treatment of the skin infection.
Soak the affected area(s) well with the spray solution. Apply daily until hair begins to grow. Leave treated areas uncovered. Rinse treated areas with clean water before re-applying. Product efficiency is neutralized by soap or detergent residues, so if you use soaps or shampoos on your animal, be sure to rinse well before treating with Benzalkonium chloride.
You should see results in a few days. If no improvement is seen within a week, consult your veterinarian.
Avoid getting this medication in your animal's eyes, nose, or mouth.
Administer this medication for as long as your veterinarian directs. Do not skip doses or stop applying the medication without consulting your veterinarian.
Always wash your hands before and after applying any topical medication.
If treating a potentially contagious skin condition, consider using gloves to apply the medication and consult with your veterinarian about further measures to avoid spreading the infection.
Call ahead for refills.
Ideally, use medication at the same time(s) daily.
WHAT ANIMALS SHOULD NOT USE THIS MEDICATION?
- Animals that may be pregnant or nursing
- Food producing animals
- Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to this drug should not take this medication
WHAT IF A TREATMENT IS MISSED?
If a treatment is missed, perform it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next treatment, skip the missed treatment and go back to the normal schedule. Do not perform two treatments at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Benazalkonium chloride should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
In case of contact with eyes or mucous membranes, flush immediately with water. Seek medical attention for eye inflammation.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- If you notice anything unusual including any signs of skin irritation, redness, or a rash, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your animal has accidentally ingested this medication or has received more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE USING THIS MEDICATION?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When your animal will need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
- If your animal has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your animal has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your animal has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
- If your animal has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your animal or plan to give your animal, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your animal’s medications can be used together.
- If your animal is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your animal
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
Product efficiency is neutralized by soap or detergent residues.
As with all prescribed medicines, Benazalkonium chloride should only be used on the animal for which it was prescribed.
It should be used only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about Benazalkonium chloride. If you have any questions or concerns about Benazalkonium chloride or for the condition it was prescribed, please contact your veterinarian.
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