Bella still sick- puppy strangles
well my little girl just turned 6 months on Aug 19. She got to celebrate her big day covered in sores, vomiting and massive itching spells.
Bella is miserable.
2 months ago we took her to the vet with hives- ended up being a food allergy to all beef products. I was skeptical of this but agreed to the food trials and antibiotic course.
now here we are.. she has weeping sores, large crusted sores, and she is having a difficult time with urinating do to all the sores on her bottom.
her hair is falling out in massive tuffs. even her eyes have sores in the corners of them.
she is still her perky puppy self. her appetite is ok. it could be better.
i took her to the vet as soon as i got off work yesterday morning. She was incontinent of stool when i got home. So i threw my hands up and took her to the vet on a saturday.
Of course the vet techs were not happy i just showed up with my sick dog. But luckily the Dr came around the corner and saw her and said "holy mess!" and i was promptly escorted back.
the dx: puppy strangles. aka juvenile cellulitis.
the Dr said she was a little old for puppy strangle (even at 6 months old) but after a scratch test for mange ( our 2nd scratch test in 2 months) she was negative.
So now she is 47 lbs. the antibiotic course has been increased do to her weight. she is on prednisolone 20mg pills twice a day. and we have to wash 2-3x a week in a Hexedene wash.
I am so discouraged right now. Bella is my first puppy ever. I feel like I am letting her down as a parent! I can't get her well. and as a RN, i get so frustrated when I realize she isn't getting better with meds! I love my puppy to death, but I don't know how to make her feel better.
The Dr. says if she doesnt get any better with this course of sterioids and abx, she will have to be put on a prescription food.
here are some pics of Bella this morning..
some are taken in her kennel because she is a little hyper for the camera