Major Uses

Miconazole is an antifungal medication that is commonly used to treat skin infections such as ringworm. It is used in dogs and cats and comes in the form of a lotion. It effectively damages the outer skin of the fungus, leading to its death.

Common Precautions

Some possible side effects of miconazole include rash, redness, or other skin irritations. It should be kept away from the eyes, as irritation can occur.

Miconazole should not be used in animals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to the drug. A veterinarian should be contacted immediately if an overdose is suspected or any unusual symptoms occur.


Miconazole should be kept at room temperature and stored in a tight, childproof, light resistant container. It should be kept in a location where it cannot be reached by children or pets, as it can be toxic if ingested.


Miconazole is distributed in lotion and spray form and is applied topically. A small amount should be applied to affected areas. A cotton swab is recommended for administration, as ringworm can be transmitted to humans. It is usually administered once a day for 2-6 weeks. If the infection is still present after 6 weeks, a veterinarian should be contacted before continuing administration, as a more potent remedy may be required. In the case of a dose being forgotten, the missed dose should be administered as soon as possible. Should it almost be time for the next scheduled dose, the missed dose should be skipped and the regular administration schedule should be resumed. Two doses should not be given at the same time.

Doses may vary in different species, when the drug is given by a different route or concurrently with other medications, and with regards to a patient's age, breed, and health status. A veterinarian's dosing instructions and/or those printed on the medication label should be followed closely.

This information is for general reference only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any condition of your pet. It's intended as a general reference, this information may not include all possible uses, precautions, directions, reactions (including allergic), drug interactions, or withdrawal times. Always consult your local veterinarian and have your pet examined for any advice concerning the diagnosis and treatment of your pet, including which products and doses are most appropriate. Any trademarks are the property of their respective owners. VetDepot is not a pharmacy. All prescription products are dispensed by our Pharmacy Partner. Article last updated 2/2014.