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Our 6 1/2 month old puppy, Burley was diagnosed with puppy strangles in January (3 1/2 months old) after seeing our regular vet and emergency vet and a lot of tests, X-rays and overnight care. He was started on prednisone and started to get better almost immediately. When we tried to taper him off after almost a month (per our regular vet recommendation) he started to get worse. They recommended we increase the dose back up and we would try again. We tried again a few weeks later and again he started having similar symptoms of swollen lymph nodes, not eating, swollen mouth/face and tongue sticking out again. We took him into the vet again and the vet recommended the taper of the prednisone and giving him a benadryl as well. We have tried this for nearly 4 weeks and he seems to be fine but once again when we started the taper of the pred he has gotten back to those symptoms. He has been off of the pred for now just over a week and has developed the same symptoms again. Swollen lymph nodes, not eating, odd raspy sounding breathing and swollen face. We took him to the vet today and left him all today for them to witness. They were able to get him to eat and said they ran him around multiple times through the day and did not see the symptoms I talked about. They sent him home and asked that we start him on claritin instead of benadryl tomorrow, with no pred. It's been over 4 months since the start of his treatment for puppy strangles which they tell us he should be better and off the pred by now.

Has anyone experienced this before and have any other answers or what to do? The vet things he just has allergies to pollen or even our ducts in our house; but i just feel that this is highly unlikely since he continues to have the same symptoms he had early on (in the winter with no pollen allergies highly unlikely). Help! We just want our little guy to get better :( Any answers anyone can give us I greatly appreciate!
 

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I have no experience with puppy strangles, but did want to send you & Burley good thoughts.

I would probably be looking for a specialist at this point - can you ask your vet for areferrak and.or do you have a teaching hospital anywhere close by?
 

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Thanks for the thoughts! Took him back in again today and the vet now thinks we should stop all medication and he's switching him to the GI prescription food. Burley finally ate that! But still has the raspy breathing and what looks to be a swollen mouth/tongue/tonsils. I'll ask about a specialist and hopefully we can get to the bottom of it and get him healthy!
 

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Our 6 1/2 month old puppy, Burley was diagnosed with puppy strangles in January (3 1/2 months old) after seeing our regular vet and emergency vet and a lot of tests, X-rays and overnight care. He was started on prednisone and started to get better almost immediately. When we tried to taper him off after almost a month (per our regular vet recommendation) he started to get worse. They recommended we increase the dose back up and we would try again. We tried again a few weeks later and again he started having similar symptoms of swollen lymph nodes, not eating, swollen mouth/face and tongue sticking out again. We took him into the vet again and the vet recommended the taper of the prednisone and giving him a benadryl as well. We have tried this for nearly 4 weeks and he seems to be fine but once again when we started the taper of the pred he has gotten back to those symptoms. He has been off of the pred for now just over a week and has developed the same symptoms again. Swollen lymph nodes, not eating, odd raspy sounding breathing and swollen face. We took him to the vet today and left him all today for them to witness. They were able to get him to eat and said they ran him around multiple times through the day and did not see the symptoms I talked about. They sent him home and asked that we start him on claritin instead of benadryl tomorrow, with no pred. It's been over 4 months since the start of his treatment for puppy strangles which they tell us he should be better and off the pred by now.

Has anyone experienced this before and have any other answers or what to do? The vet things he just has allergies to pollen or even our ducts in our house; but i just feel that this is highly unlikely since he continues to have the same symptoms he had early on (in the winter with no pollen allergies highly unlikely). Help! We just want our little guy to get better :( Any answers anyone can give us I greatly appreciate!
I am sending you healing vibes but...find the nearest top Vet hospital with specialists. Some general Vets are in over their head. This sounds like something that should be diagnosed quickly and treated without you dealing with all this c..p. Skye had irregular puppy eye problems and I 'got' that the Vet was over his head so I brought her to the Eye Specialist where my Husband works at Cornell Animal Hospital in the NY area. Do some research for your surrounding area and hopefully you don't have to travel too far. Good luck
 
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