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Old 04-11-2009, 11:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am new here and I wish I could be posting on a more positive note. We have had Ruger for three weeks now. He is a 10 week old GSD and a bundle of joy. He was diagnosed on Friday with "Puppy Strangles" and I was wondering if anyone on here had dealt with any GS pups with this illness. I've not seen anything this heartbreaking since we had a pup die of parvo 15 years ago.

Reading on the web, I'm not at all assured that everything is going be be ok. He does not have yet have any of the external lesions that seem to be the norm with what I have read. He started out "snorting and gagging". His lymph glands in his throat are huge. Its obviously very painful as now his snorting and gagging are followed by crys of pain. He has times when he seems to be feeling ok and even playful, but that quickly turns to restlessness and an inability to get comfortable, accompanied with crys of pain. Eventually he does manage to fall asleep. His appetite is great and he is not dehydrated. He has been on antibiotics for a little over a week now for a upper respiratory infection and the vet put him on predisone two days ago. I'm very glad he has not had to suffer with the external sores and or ear/eye infections and I'm hoping this will not come to that. Now that he is on the proper meds is it possible to get through this without him having to suffer these? There also seems to be some disagreement on the web as to whether this is a genetic disorder or not. Any thoughts on that? Do pups that do recover go on to live a normal life or is there usually other immune system problems? I've got more questions than answers at this point. All I know for sure is this little dog has already gone through way more than he deserves. Thanks for any help.
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This sounds awful! The poor little guy! Are you open to treating him holistically? If so I can look into it for you.

Here is another dog from this board who had it. Perhaps you could pm them and ask about any additional problems.

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...&Number=690589
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for your offer. That may be a good option should conventional vet methods fail. Our vet has told us we should start seeing some improvement in him by Monday. I'm hoping and praying this is the case. Thank you also the link. I will follow up on that. Perhaps they will know. Scott
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Best of luck with the little guy
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Wow! I never heard of puppy strangles or things like this being caused by vaccinations. Unreal! I sure hope Ruger recovers real soon!
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All I can offer is best wishes for a full recovery.
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I am very sorry you and he have to go through this! I have never heard of this before. Do you have a Teaching Hopsital/Univ. clinic nearby? Maybe they have more info? Healing thoughts and hugs to Ruger!
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Thank you all for your thoughts and wishes of recovery. We are kind of out in the sticks here. Our vet is 80 miles away. There is a veterinary school in Pullman in eastern Washington. That is a good idea, thank you. I will look into that.

Ruger had a rough night last night. Vomiting often and crying late into the night. He is feeling a bit better this morning. Well enough to play with our 10 year old gs Asta. Hopefully this time he has turned a corner for good. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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Thanks for the update. Keeping all paws crossed here!!
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wow, i have dealt with strangles in horses, and it's not fun, we had to quarantine, I didn't even know that dogs could get it! Is it contagious like it is in horses??
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