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    Suspected Menigitis in dogs

    As the title says
    Anyone hav any first hand knowledge on this and what should be expected??

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    What do you want to know?

    There are many causes, many different types. All meningitis means is an inflammation of the structures around the brain.

    You could write books on this.

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    I want to know everything from symptoms to treatment
    I don't want to write books but which symptoms relate to which type and appropriate treatment
    Why a local vet can't treat but needs to refer but is able to diagnose or suspected diagnose which has led to referral
    At the moment still trying to get my head around it
    As it seams this is pretty serious

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    Stone - I wasn't trying to be awkward, it's just a bit like someone coming on here and saying 'tell me about deer stalking'!

    The things that make your vet suspect meningitis would include head pressing, stiff neck, high fever, depression, head tilt etc. There are wide ranging possible clinical signs.

    A quick google throws this site up that looks decent

    Meningitis | Meningitis in Dogs | Information on Dog Meningitis


    Basically it can be caused by lots of different things, that includes bacteria, fungi, viral, parasitic, auto-immune and unknown causes. The hard part is characterising the initiating cause, this is where it gets tricky (and potentially expensive). Samples of cerebro-spinal fluid will need to be taken and some specialised imaging may be needed (MRI or CT scans). Blood will be taken to see if there has been exposure to certain parasites.

    Depending on the cause depends on how it is treated. The treatment for one condition could make others much worse. You cannot feasibly treat for everything.

    If there is no money for referral then I have treated speculatively with high doses of steroids and antibiotics but it's a poor man's option. If my own dog had meningitis symptoms it would be off to a specialist.

    Maybe if you give us more detail we can give a more accurate picture. Is this your dog? What are the symptoms? What tests or treatment has been carried out?

    This is a huge area.

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    VERY GENERAL COMMENTS:::::

    Main symptoms are of neck/spinal pain, often depression with or without other neurological deficits. These symptoms can be many and varied from weakness/incoordination affecting one or multiple limbs, crainal nerve deficits (may show as altered vision, tongue movement, swallowing, facial shape or vocal ability). I will see dogs with meningitis every month or two and the fever is not always present.

    Diagnosis is typically by ruling out other causes of brain/spinal disease by MRI (ideally) and most importantly by cytology (looking at the cells )of cerebrospinal fluid

    The difficulty is that without performing these tests it is not possible to be certain whether a dog may have meningitis or not. With brain/spinal problems the symptoms that are seen depend largely on the location of the lesion rather than what is causing it. Therefore a slipped disc in the neck can present similarly to a dog with an inflammatory condition in the neck or indeed with a tumour affecting the same region. As Apache rightly says there are many causes of meningitis. More information is really needed to give any more specific advice.

    Where are you located? I would advise you see somone who deals with spinal cases regularly

    S

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    Thank you for both replies
    This a very good friends dog and it was displaying some of the symptoms mentioned
    An appointment at a specialist vet centre has been made for tomorrow

    Willows Veterinary Centre & Referral Service - Specialist Veterinary Surgeons based in Solihull

    So will let you know the outcome

    Sorry if I came across so abrupt Apache, it was not my Intention

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    Quote Originally Posted by stone View Post
    Sorry if I came across so abrupt Apache, it was not my Intention
    No bother.

    Let us know what happens and if they get a diagnosis.

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    I spent three happy years working at Willows

    There are no safer hands in the UK

    S

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    Quote Originally Posted by srvet View Post
    I spent three happy years working at Willows

    There are no safer hands in the UK

    S
    That would be the old practice or the new state of the art??

    Dog was diagnosed with ( steroid response menigitis ) I think that is what my friends father told me
    As my friend is picking her dog up as we speak
    So will get the full low down either later tonite or tomorrow
    And yes I agree , very safe hands

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    Yes I worked in the old building before setting up my own practice. We didnt have the on site MRI and CT at that time and there were only two disciplines (orthopaedic/spinal and opthalmology).

    Steroid responsive meningitis is generally the best of a bad bunch to have, certainly appears to respond more readily and a better chance of acheiving remission

    Fingers crossed

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