UPDATE: The Bakers Dozen – BHRR’s Murray (Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound)
Donated To Date: $330

This is BHRR’s Murray. He was rushed into Kanata Animal Hospital last Thursday and then was at Liston Animal Hospital on November 7 and now he was back at Kanata Animal Hospital tonight – November 9th.

He weighed 8.3 kgs(18.26 pounds) at almost 6.5 weeks of age at KAH

The day after he was at KAH, Forti Flora was added to his food, as he was having bloody mucousy stool due to the meds dispensed the night before – more info. below.

He weighed 9.2 KGs(20.24 pounds) at 7 weeks of age at LAH November 7th – he had ear cytologies, temp taken – still normal – and ears cleaned/ointment put in them and he still had swollen lymph nodes and had been re-weighed. His ear cytologies showed skins cells from inflammation.

Tonight he weighed 9.9 KGs(21.78 pounds) at 7 weeks of age at KAH – he had 3 more skin scrapings, was re-weighed, examined by two Vets, temp remains normal, still has swollen lymph nodes and is now having his Prednisolone increased and is being changed from clavaseptin to clavamox and dose is also increasing.

We will be back next Thursday to KAH for another recheck, re-weigh etc.

I had rushed him into Kanata AH last Thursday 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 puppy 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 several weeks. He was prescribed clavaseptin and prednisolone.

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…..