What is Puppy Strangles?

Juvenile Cellulitis also known as puppy strangles is a skin  disorder commonly found in puppies and rarely in adult dogs. This disorder typically happens to puppies around the ages of 3 weeks and four months! Once the illness occurs; symptoms are known to be shown at the face, outer part of the ears with crusted lesions and affect the salivary lymph nodes. Although this condition’s cause is still unknown; the most common breeds to get this disorder are the following: Golden Retrievers, Dachshunds, Gordon Setters, and more.


Juvenile Cellulitis Symptoms-

  • Swollen Face especially around the eyelids, lips, and muzzle


  • Lymphadenopathy (Salivary Gland) – disease that affects multiple lymph nodes


  • Crusted Lesions commonly found in face, ears, and eyelids


  • Lethargy


  • Fever, Loss of appetite, and Joint Pain




How to Treat Puppy Strangles?

Most cases of juvenile cellulitis can be healed within some time. However if the pet has gone too long without treatment;  the outlook could be poor. We recommend for all who show any symptoms of Juvenile Cellulitis to seek our help and be prescribed the correct medicine to help better the animals life. Once seeked our veterinary help; there are some tips to improve your puppy’s conditions.


While we may be giving you some tips on how to help ease the pain and discomfort of this skin disorder; we are NOT saying this is a cure for juvenile cellulitis!


Apply a hot pack to your pet’s sore face

 2 to 3 times a day.

Press a wet warm washcloth against your dog’s swollen throat.

(Do this for 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off- continue to repeat till cloth is cooled.)

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