Welcome to Just Answer. My name is Jane. I have been involved professionally with dogs in the healthcare and behavioral fields for over 20 years. I’ve worked as a Vet Assistant and Behaviorist and have extensive experience in dog reproduction, as a breeder, for even longer than that.. Canine behavioral issues and training are also my specialties. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
It can take several weeks of treatment for the situation to resolve. I know you are attached to this particular pup but scaring where postules are is very common. Since you do plan on this dog being a show dog, I would opt for a pup from a future litter rather than this one. In addition, the steroids at this young age will affect the pup's immune system which is already immature opening the pup up to other conditions such as demodectic mage, etc. It is ultimately your choice whether to accept this pup or not but if you have plans on showing be aware of the fact that this pup may have permanent scars from puppy strangles which may be evident later.
Since this breeder has a breeding program composed of all grand champions it should not take her long to have another litter of comparable pups. In addition, this pup is already 9 weeks old so it would delay your pick up for a few more weeks.
I can give you several articles on puppy strangles for you to read though you may have already done this.
This article does discuss mild cases and more severe cases of the disease. It also mentions that it believed to be the result of a lower immune response. As I mentioned above that pups with a lower or more immature immune response are more likely to develop other issues like demodectic mange and possibly allergies. If you are looking to show your dog, it is likely you will want to breed the dog in the future. I would not advise breeding a dog who developed mange or had a lowered immune response.
Remember also that many vets will hold off vaccination while the pup is recovering which will open the pup up to other diseases such as distemper and parvovirus, etc. I know you love this particular pup and if you were planning on a pet only, I would say go with your heart, but you are interested in a pup for the show ring and possible breeding later in life so I would recommend waiting for a healthy pup.
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