We are about to get a mini dachshund puppy but it is on antibiotics to treat juvenile dermatitis.
Do you think this could be an ongoing problem? The breeder has been upfront about this and had her own vet check all 3 puppies.
It really depends on exactly what the breeder is calling 'dermatitis'.
Dermatitis in puppies is also known as Pyoderma or Impetigo. Generally it's a skin infection which shows up as small pimples, most often on the puppy's belly and/or the insides of his legs. It's a kind of staph infection, and is often caused by a puppy regularly sleeping on a damp surface.
If the puppy is already taking anti-biotics, this sort of problem should clear up pretty quickly. If it doesn't, it may not be dermatitis, or may have gone deeper into the skin than normal. Or it could be mange, allergies or something else.
If it were me, I would ask to be allowed to have your own vet take a look at this puppy before you commit to buying him. Just to be on the safe side. Chances are this is nothing to worry about, and the fact that the breeder was up front about it and has started treatment is good. It's just always better to be safe than sorry I think.
Or, failing that, get a contract that stipulates you can return the pup for a REFUND (not an exchange) within 48 hours of taking possession of him, if your veterinarian deems him to have more than just a touch of dermatitis.
Once you bring your new pup home, you may want to check out my New Puppy Care page as it has tons of useful tips and advice.
Best of luck with your new puppy.
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