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Old 04-13-2011, 12:04 AM
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Puppy Strangles?

Hi Everyone. It has been forever since I have been on the forum. I went back to college in January to vocationally retrain.Between my family.school,the dogs training and the puppies, I have not had time to breathe.

SO here is the issue and am sure that I will get the insight I need here on the forum.I am in the process of placing the last two pups form Hailey's litter. I gave them their second set of puppy shot's everything was fine. Two weeks later the little girl started with a swollen ear, I immediately went to the vet. She took cultures put her on clavimox and surolan. that was this past Friday. The vet also mentioned that she thought that this could be a case of the puppy strangles, but was perplexed that it was only effecting her ears and the surrounding lymph, no blisters on the eyes and nose.We decided to treat for infection first pending the outcome of the cultures. Well I think the antibiotics are keeping her from getting any secondary infections, but the swelling is still very much present, and we are going back to the vet tomorrow.After reading stuff on the internet I believe that she has puppy strangles and will have to go on prednisone to treat it.
I want to know what experiences others on the forum have had with this. I want to know if it is recurring. It was also mentioned that the puppy shot may have been the trigger. So I'm wondering now how to I complete her vaccinations? Obviously I can't do anything until she is 100%. but it is a worry, and I feel so badly for her, she is still acting like a puppy,but I can tell she is uncomfortable.
Any insight others have to this issue would be helpful.
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:03 AM
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As you say puppy strangles (or puppy face as it is known in the UK) normally shows as blisters around the eyes and nose It can spread throughout the lymph glands as well. Prednisalone and antibiotics are the usual treatment and most puppies survive but some will have significant scarring on the nose and around the eyes if it is not treated in time. There has been some talk about it being an autoimmune problem so best to talk to our vet about future vaccination but most cases of puppy face are seen around the 6 to 8 week mark. Annef
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:14 AM
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Hi... just a follow up. I took the puppy to the vet this morning, and she will be on prednisone , oral antibiotics and surolan for the ears. It is a confirmed case of puppy strangles. The vet says that reoccurance is unusual, and that she should be vaccinated as normal once she has finished treatment. Thanks for you response Annef. I had never heard of puppy strangles, so this has been a learning experience.
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That's very scary. I'm glad to hear that you took her to the vet quickly and that she's getting everything that she needs!!
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Old 04-14-2011, 02:38 AM
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She sounds as if she will be fine now. You have obviously caught it at an early stage. Some times it is really mild and in other cases so severe that some puppies don't make it. Annef
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