UPDATE: The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Murray (Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound)

Donated To Date: $650
His Bills Are Almost $1,500

This is BHRR’s Murray. He was rushed into Kanata Animal Hospital on Thursday November 2nd.

Then he has had appointments:
Liston Animal Hospital on November 7th
Kanata Animal Hospital November 9th 
Kanata Animal Hospital November 16th
Kanata Animal Hospital November 21st
Kanata Animal Hospital November 28th
Kanata Animal Hospital December 5th
Kanata Animal Hospital December 18th

He weighed 14.4 kgs(31.68 pounds) on December 5th and then weighed 16.9 kgs(37.18 pounds) at 12 weeks of age.

He remains on Pred and now we are finally reducing the dosing over the next 8 weeks.

As long as he progresses and does not have a relapse, he can have vaccines around January 18th at his next recheck! He may have scarring on his face for life yet he shall always be super handsome to those who love him! 

WTG BHRR’s Murray!

First picture is from December 5th and the second picture is from December 18th!


I had rushed him into Kanata AH on Thursday November 2nd for when I got home with BHRR’s Everly from her own recheck and repeat x-rays at LAH, we were getting ready to feed and the pups had been moved to their stimulation area – Sean and Kids were home ahead of me and had most things ready – and BHRR’s Murray LOVES his food!

When he did not rush in BHRR’s Murray’s style to get dinner, I knew something was immediately wrong.

I took a look at him and his eyes – left more than right was swollen – and he had hives plus he was quite ‘flat’.

I immediately called KAH as I suspected a possible allergic reaction – to what I had no idea as they have limited exposure to things. We had opened up a new pack of Pee pads that day and they were now getting a different canned food transitioning as of the day before for they stopped liking the PVD Essential Care Canned. Nothing else has changed for The Bakers Dozen.

By the time I got to KAH – his ears and tummy and even penis had lesions and his lips and muzzle were swollen.

Two Vets diagnosed juvenile cellulitis. He had swollen lymph nodes. Per his Vets, onset is very sudden and often mistaken by many as being an allergic reaction.

We also did skin scrapings.

Juvenile cellulitis is also sometimes called puppy strangles or juvenile pyoderma. This is an IDIOPATHIC skin disease occurring in 3-16 week old puppies. No etiologic agent has been identified per the Pediatric Emergencies II research paper found on VIN – Veterinary Information Network – that his one Vet printed out for me.

Further to this paper published by Douglass K. Macintire, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC, this disease is characterised by facial swelling, lymphadenopathy, deep pyoderma of the head and face, fever, depression etc.

Juvenile cellulitis appears to have an auto-immune mediated cause. Without treatment, the disease can be fatal.

This is NOT contagious.

Treatment involves topical therapy with antibacterial shampoos, antibiotics and prednisolone. This treatment will be continued for many weeks.

BHRR’s Murray has had his recent share of stress for sure with being under the care for his hind end with both Dr. Liston and Dr. Parker(Ortho). 

This Bakers Dozen has had so many odds stacked against them being born to an emaciated Puppymill Mama…. ??We pretty much have lived at the Vets at least once a week with them fighting so hard for them….

The bills continue to rise for The Bakers Dozen and if anyone may consider a donation you can donate direct to Kanata Animal Hospital 613-836-2848.

OR via email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org

We remain so grateful for any and all consideration…..