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Connor, Australian Shepherd Mix

Connor-pinal photoWe received an email from Pinal County Animal Shelter “We just took in this baby (less than 2 months old).  I do not know if he was bitten by something, hit by something or something else.  His head, face and ears are swollen.  His eyes and ears appear to be draining.”

Fortunately, we have become familiar with Puppy Strangles and we recognized it right away. Minnie, Toby, Brody and Sadie all came to us with the same disorder, and as awful as it appears (with marked swelling of the muzzle, eyelids, and face that give way to lesions that rupture, bleed, and crust) we have had excellent results with the treatment our other pups have received.  So Kelly messaged Don and he took off on the drive to Casa Grande to pick up Connor.

Don messaged Kelly back after he arrived at the shelter and met Connor, “he’s just a tiny little guy, no more than 4 pounds – cute as can be!” then headed back to Phoenix for Connor’s appointment with our vets. He’ll be on prednisone for the swelling and augmentin for any infection plus eye and ear drops for a couple weeks, and hopefully that will get this little bundle of cuteness all back to normal.

He had a lot of new dogs to meet, and even a couple chickens – but, he took it all in stride had some fun, too!

We will – of course – post photos of his progress in the days ahead…

Update Aug. 17th: Connor has officially been adopted by his foster family! CONGRATS!

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