Meet Lil’ Dude

Meet Lil’ Dude

Meet our newest rescue Lil Dude.

We bailed him out of medical at the SLA Shelter. This poor pup has puppy strangles. Puppy Strangles is a result of an immune malfunction. The skin especially on the face becomes infected with deep sores. These sores can become so involved they reach the lymph nodes of the neck. The neck area swells with hard knots under the jaw until it looks like the baby dog will strangle—that’s how it got the name.

Puppy pyoderma is characterized by pustules on the face, and painful swelling of the lips, eyelids and face. This may also include swellings in the groin area, where the lymph glands are located.

Treatment for puppy strangles will primarily be months of aggressive immunosuppression through corticosteroids, typically with prednisone, accompanied by broad-spectrum antibiotics, such as cephalexin, cefadroxil, or amoxicillin clavulanate, in order to prevent or treat secondary bacterial or fungal infections. In addition to puppy having a compromised immune system, the exposed tissue from lesions and pustules puts him at an increased risk for developing secondary infections. Lil Dude has a long way to way to go. Check back for updates on his recovery.




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