I was planning on welcoming a new puppy home, and I recently learned that she was diagnosed with Puppy Strangles (Juvenile Cellulitis). I’ve researched the condition as best I can since learning of the diagnosis, and much of what I’ve been able to find deals with immediate treatment and short-term recovery outcomes–I haven’t been able to find much in the way of what to expect across the lifespan, other than some rather vague indications that the condition typically doesn’t affect older dogs/doesn’t reoccur.
I am speaking with our vet later today.** In addition, I wanted to reach out here on the ‘Dope and see if there might be any vets, breeders, or others who might happen to have some expertise in this area. I’m hoping for as much factual info as I can get, but welcome any first-hand experiences/opinions, too.
In case it’s relevant, a little more information about the disease’s progression in the case of this particular puppy: she’s a ten week old Newfoundland and began developing symptoms a week ago and was immediately taken in for treatment. By the breeder’s* account and (and what I’ve read online) she has a super mild case which was caught extremely early and is responding well to treatment (prednisone). That said, her presentation was somewhat unusual in that only her lymph nodes were affected and she had no breakouts on her face and few elsewhere on her body. A biopsy coupled with the positive response to steroids has confirmed the diagnosis. She’s had no additional complications (e.g., bacterial infections) which are sometimes seen, and there are no concerns related to scarring or alopecia. She and all of her littermates (none of which were affected—she’s the only one) are otherwise totally healthy. Currently, she’s staying with the breeder who plans to keep her until she is totally weaned of the medication and remains symptom free for a few weeks. It’s up to me if I still want to take her once she’s better (which of course I’m already in love as I’ve been getting pictures of her each week as she’s grown, and been on a waitlist since August) or get my deposit back. So there’s been no pressure and tons of transparency on her side, making me have a lot of faith that the second-hand info I’m reporting is accurate.
Thanks very much for any information or advice you may have!
*Please no snark about adoption versus breeders. I’ve gotten pets from both sources and don’t want to engage on that topic right now.