How do dogs get strangles? Puppy Strangles, also known as Juvenile Cellulitis, is a rare skin disease that affects puppies. The cause of puppy strangles is unknown, but it is thought to be due to a dysregulation of the puppy’s immune system. Puppy strangles results in facial swelling (edema), pustular dermatitis, and lymph node enlargement.
How do you treat strangles in dogs? Treatment for Puppy Strangles
The most common treatment includes high doses of oral corticosteroids (such as prednisone) to suppress the immune system. The medicine is given over several weeks while the dog is monitored under professional care, starting with a high dosage and tapering down.
Are dog strangles contagious? Is Puppy Strangles Contagious? Puppy strangles is NOT contagious. It is an autoimmune disease, which means the dog’s body has produced antibodies that are attacking its cells and tissue.
How long does it take to recover from puppy strangles? Recovery and Management of Puppy Strangles in Dogs
In most cases, dogs with puppy strangles will start to get better within a few days of starting treatment, but it may take 10 to 14 days for the condition to fully resolve. Note that some hair loss or skin scarring might be permanent.