Do you know the signs of puppy strangles?
Your young puppy is not playing like they did before. Maybe they seem uncomfortable, have a fever or have become depressed. They may have lost their appetite or be showing signs of joint pains.
If you see these unusual signs in your puppy, it may be juvenile cellulitis, more commonly known as puppy strangles. Puppy strangles is an uncommon form of skin tissue inflammation that most commonly affects purebred dogs between three to 16 weeks of age.
The name comes from the symptom of swelling in glands under the jaw, which can become enlarged and appear to be strangling the dog. You may also notice a sudden onset of pimples on the lips, eyelids and muzzle, or in the ear canals, which can burst and ooze.
Although the cause of puppy strangles is unknown, it may be caused by an abnormal immune response. A diagnosis is often made based on clinical signs and age, but further testing can rule out other causes.
Despite its alarming name, the infection is treatable with steroids, and the chances of a complete cure are good. Secondary bacterial infections can occur and are treated with antibiotics.
Our knowledgeable team at Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin is here to help answer any questions about your puppy. Give us a call.
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin
8250 SW Tonka St
Tualatin, OR 97052