Q. Can puppy strangles possibly be genetic?
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. Many people believe that puppy strangles (juvenile cellulitis) is heritable, however no link has been proven. Some breeds, like golden retrievers, get the disease more frequently, so this leds us to believe that it is being passed on. Most people do not recommend breeding dogs that have had the disease as puppies because of the strong suspicion that it is heritable.
A. It has yet to be proven but some think the auto immune nature of the condition may point to a genetic component.