Bingo’s Story: What is Juvenile Cellulitis?

Previously, I had the pleasure of collaborating with a lovely romance novelist named Catherine Mann, who does amazing rescue work with her local shelter.

Recently, she contacted me with a very interesting rescue story, a puppy named Bingo who was found in a ditch at 3 weeks old, and suffered greatly from Juvenile Cellulitis, which is more commonly known as Puppy Strangles.

What is Juvenile Cellulitis?

It is a condition, cause unknown, that presents in puppies between the ages of 3 weeks and 4 months. According to Pet MD, the outer part of the ear and the salivary (think saliva) lymph nodes are most commonly affected. The condition causes sudden and severe swelling that occurs on the face and muzzle.

According to Veterinary Partner, very quickly, the lymph nodes in the throat begin to swell, and the puppy begins to appear to have mumps. This swelling can lead the way to pustules, or skin that becomes both crusty and bloody.

When Bingo was found at 3 weeks old, we was completely unrecognizable to the rescue staff. Catherine described him as “swollen beyond recognition”. He was completely malnourished, emaciated, and had a temperature of 94 degrees!

Despite treatment, Bingo had a second round of pustules pop up, and that is when the veterinarian diagnosed him with puppy strangles and began treating him with steroids, the common treatment of choice for this disease (PetMD).

After his steroid treatments, he made a speedy recovery. Catherine oversaw his steady climb back to being a healthy puppy, and was sure to socialize him as his health improved. Now, he is a big boy and lives a very happy life.


As always be sure to check out Catherine’s website, and her Facebook page, She does amazing work for animals so we should all show some support! Yay Catherine and yay Bingo!

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    April 15, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Oh my goodnesss. That top right picture is heartbreaking!! <3 Thanks for sharing this, and so glad he recovered. PS, love the new look and layout of your blog! 🙂
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      April 15, 2014 at 7:27 pm


      Thank you so much for stopping by, and thanks for the complements. My new look is courtesy of Christina from The Lazy Pitbull. Bingo’s condition is truly heartbreaking. I am so glad that he made an amazing recovery, thanks to wonderful volunteers like Catherine.

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    April 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I have never heard of this thankfully. It looks horrible but I am glad he came through and is doing so good now. The bottom pictures show a happy dog that is hardly recognizalbe the same dog in the top two pictures
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      April 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm


      I agree, I know these pictures were very intense, but I think it gets the point across of what malnutrition can leave a poor puppy susceptible to. I am so glad he made an amazing recovery.

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    April 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    This was so informational, good to know, thanks! 🙂
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      April 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you for stopping by! I am glad you found this information useful!

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