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I haven't talked to the breeder, since I don't think this is a "Havanese thing" at all... in fact, it looks, from what I read on the internet, as if it's much more common in a few specific breeds... (Afghans - the scary article, Sharpeis, Boxers) not breeds with much in common with Havanese. I started out by calling a couple of friends of mine, one is a vet, though she mostly does large animals, and the other is married to a vet who is a board certified dermatologist. (she is checked with her husband for his thoughts, and if he thinks it's necessary for us to make the trip to have him or another dermatology specialist see Kodi) I ran the local vet's treatment plan past them.
The scary article said that it was critical to get the puppy on steroids as quickly as possible, which was what I wanted to check out. Both of the vets I talked to felt that if he seems to feel well, has no fever, and the spots aren't increasing in number (they aren't) that my local vet's more conservative approach makes sense. They both said that putting a puppy on steroids is a "big gun" approach if it's not absolutely necessary.
He got bitten by a tick just before he got all the bumps, and I thought the two might be related. The local vet said no, but my friend said that although the tick didn't GIVE him the disease, any break in the skin can be a route for the entry of infection, so it IS possible that the infection was the result of the bite. He's always got flea and tick preventative on him, but the ticks are vicious here right now. I've pulled them off the cat and my husband as well as Kodi in the last 3 days.
I'm rooting for the "it's no big deal" websites at the moment!<g>
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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