Sunday I blogged about Bailey aka Jim being a Poorly puppy. Vic and Christine visited us on Monday and decided they would still like to have him, all going well with his recovery Jim becomes Bayley.
Yesterday after three days of eyes drops and antibiotic tablets I did not feel like Bailey was turning any corners, in fact his eyes looked worse, still walking with a limp, generally looking a bit stiff moving, and he was very lethargic. I would expect with antibiotics if doing their job, and a bacterial infection, a noticeable improvement within 48 hours. I also noticed white spotting starting to appear on his lips and gums. His temperature was okay and he had gained weight over the last few days still, but not at the rate he should be. So off to the vets again, where we also found pimples starting to develop in one of his ears.
This time I think the vet has hit the nail on the head. Bailey seems to have a very uncommon (so uncommon, the vet in his forties and a small animal vet. This was the first time he had seen this condition in the flesh) skin condition of young dogs Juvenile Cellulitis (Puppy Strangles) which is not to be confused with Strangles in horses which is contagious. This condition in puppies is not contagious and the raised bumps and pustules (pus-filled bumps or pimples) that develop are sterile, and that is why none of his litter siblings have any signs of his condition, so they are safe.
"The underlying cause of juvenile cellulitis has not yet been identified. This condition is currently regarded as idiopathic, meaning that its cause is currently unknown. The condition does appear to have an immune-mediated component, meaning that the puppy's immune system is attacking the puppy’s own skin, but the underlying cause of this immune attack has not yet been identified."
If you search "Puppy Strangles" on the internet looking for images, you will be alarmed, but we have caught Bailey very early and with the first 36 hours of steroid treatment he has been transformed. His eyes have calmed down, and no more pimples are seeming to be developing. He is back wagging his tail, playing with his litter mates, and his limp is getting less pronounced. The prognosis is pretty good "Most cases of juvenile cellulitis resolve fully with prompt treatment. Typically, one course of steroids is adequate to resolve the condition. If the condition recurs as steroids are tapered, longer-term therapy may be required, but this is uncommon."
Bailey is now on five days of the steroid Prednisolone along with a oral antibiotic, because as we dampen the immune system the antibiotics will help stem any of the open pustules becoming infected. Next Monday when the vet comes here to examine, microchip and start vaccines for his litter siblings. His steroids will be reviewed and all going well, his dose will be reduced steadily. Hopefully, at this stage he will not relapse. Fingers crossed!
I feel so sorry for Vic and Christine, and I rung them yesterday to let them know how things stand, and have emailed them today with a health update. It's a lot to take in, and I would understand fully if they decided not to have Bailey, but we all need time, and only time will give us the answers to this one. I thank Vic and Christine for being so understanding.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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