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Persistent tonsillitis / 4th antibiotic!

Tappers was just prescribed his 4th antibiotic for a particularly resistant strain of bacteria, streptococcus dysgalactiae, in his tonsils. The antibiotic is called Chloramphenicol, which i will have to give him 3x/day for 3 weeks, and i have to wear gloves when handling.

This drug is indicated in the lab report as a possible one for this bacteria and appears to be our last option for clearing it.

I hate for him to have been on antiobiotics this long, all back to back. First one was 7 days, next 10 days, and the last variety was 20 days. I think there has been improvement (no more pus), but still big and "out of crypt".

Anybody have experience or knowledge with this?
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At least he is all recovered from neuter.
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Sorry. No experience. In fact I didn't even know that dogs could get tonsillitis. How did you discover it and what causes it? Hope he gets better on the new med.

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I took him in for a checkup two weeks before neutering, and mentioned he occasionally coughs/gags after drinking water. Nothing major. And occasionally throws up (not sure if that was related, he is sensitive to vaccines, etc). I wish I knew the cause. My guess is from anothher dog on our walks but who knows for sure. Tappers otherwise seems unbothered by it.
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I found your post interesting since a couple years ago, DaniGirl developed a cough and would gag. The vet found inflammed tonsils. She got antibiotics but didn't improve. Bella then began to gag but the vet said she couldn't get inflammed tonsils from Dani. Bella was checked by the vet and it was discovered she, too, had enlarged tonsils. So both were put on antibiotics.

We went through three antibiotics before a biopsy was done and it was discovered Dani had ecoli bacteria. They were put on the appropriate antibiotic and recovered. But Dani never lost the cough.

I've always wondered what could cause the inflammation and why the vet didn't think the bacteria could be passed from one dog to the other--or to a human. I hope this antibiotic will solve your problem. Keep us posted!
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Glad the antibiotic did the trick, though too bad Dani kept the cough.

Tappers seems fine now -- no more infection. His tonsils were still a little large but they could take time to come down after treatment. Also, a second vet said it is not unusual for young dogs' tonsils to appear large anyway and to give it some time now as long as behavior is normal, which it is.
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