May 9th, 2006, 04:40 PM
I hope someone can help me. I have a litter of 8 - 8 week old AKC registered English springer spaniel puppies. When they were about 3 weeks old I noticed a small spot on one of the pups. Over the course of a few days it grew larger and I suspected ringworm. I inspected the other 7 pups and found 2 more with small spots. The first vet that saw them incorrectly diagnosed demodectic mange and put the entire litter on invermec. After one week the lesions were growing and getting worse...I still suspected ringworm although the mother dog had no lesions (she's generally an outdoor dog). We have 2 indoor dogs (cockers) and neither of them had any signs of ringworm nor did our outdoor cat or any of us. A 2nd vet was CONVINCED it was not ringworm and diagnosed impetigo brought on by strep or staff likely passed to them during birth. He put them on Clavimox but he agreed to culture for ringworm anyway as I wanted to be sure and rule it out. 7 days later he called and confirmed the culture was positive. I was sick...they were misdiagnosed twice and being treated for the wrong thing for over 2 weeks. We immediately put them on Fluvicin (I think that's the name). They get one pill every 4 days and have had 4 treatments to date. I'm also using conofite topically. These pups ended up loaded with ringworm spots. Some of them had as many as 12. They are due for one final dose of Fluvicin on Thursday and then supposedly "cured" even though some of them still have lesions that are moist and pussing. Some of them have dried up quite nicely but have not grown back their hair. I think they would have recovered faster if I could keep each one apart from the other but just don't have the facility for that. Once these pups are cleared of this they are perfectly beautiful, AKC registered puppies. Is there something else I should be doing for them? How do I advertise and explain their condition w/o scaring people away. I don't expect I'll make the same $$ as I normally would get but would like to at least make back what it has cost to care for them (pushing $800 now). They are getting too big for their kennel and I need to try and start finding new homes. Do you know of a breeder who would be willing to buy them at a discounted price? If worse comes to worse I will have to try and give them away. We are not large breeders. In fact, we've had only 3 litters in 7 years and never, ever had a problem. I'm very overwhelmed and just need some advice. Sorry to be so long-winded.