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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Dr. Michael, We are planning on purchasing a Cairn Terrier

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Dr. Michael,
We are planning on purchasing a Cairn Terrier pup from a reputed breeder. Unfortunately the puppy contracted Staph and the breeder asked us to hold off picking him up for a month till after full treatment with antibiotics and predinisone was complete.
My concern is does this puppy show signs of a dog with allergies, weakened immune system and perhaps other underlying disorders that will show up as the puppy grows to adulthood.
I would love to hear your opinion and recommendation.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I need to know much more about about this "Staph", G. There are common Staphylococcal infections in pups (impetigo, e.g.) but also more serious conditions such as puppy strangles which may involve Staphylococcal infections. Neither presage either the incidence (risk) of allergies or a life-long weakened immune system, however. Can you investigate further?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your prompt response. What information would I need to get for you to provide a complete recommendation?Blood test results? Etc- please advise.Thanks ,
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'd like to know where the Staph was seen and why prednisone was prescribed. Prednisone is generally contraindicated when treating Staph infections unless I'm treating puppy strangles which responds to the administration of prednisone alone suggesting that Staph isn't the primary reason for that skin disorder. There probably wasn't any blood work performed.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Tbd. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin