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Q. Life span of a dog affected by brain fever( paralyzed).. And now my dog is of 4-5 months. It got brain fever and paralyzed. Now it is under treatment.

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. If by "brain fever" you mean infectious and/or inflammatory meningitis or encephalitis, then the prognosis (which is what I think you're asking about) is fairly good, assuming the treatment is appropriate. This means that cerebrospinal fluid must be obtained via a procedure commonly known as a "spinal tap", and that fluid is then cultured for bacterial growth. If bacteria are present (meaning the disease is infectious in origin) then the appropriate antibiotics should clear the infection. If no bacteria is present, then the disease is inflammatory in nature, and steroids are used to control the clinical signs (in this case, paralysis). All of this can be quite expensive and treatment can be long and require multiple follow up visits with your vet, however many of these dogs go on to do well.

Answered By
DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM

A. I am unsure what disease you are referring to called brain fever. I would be happy to consult with you in more detail but I would need a diagnosis. I'm not familiar with the Laymans term brain fever


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