In severe cases of meningitis, meningoencephalitis, or meningomyelitis, the dog will be hospitalized to prevent more severe complications. Once the causative organism is identified, your veterinarian will employ antibiotics intravenously to maximize their effectiveness. Antiepileptic drugs and corticosteroids may also be prescribed to control seizures and reduce inflammation, respectively. Dogs that are severely dehydrated, meanwhile, will undergo immediate fluid therapy.
Rapid and aggressive treatment is vital for a successful outcome, although its effectiveness is highly variable and overall prognosis is not favorable. Unfortunately, many dogs die from these type of infections once it reaches the central nervous system, despite treatment.
However, if treatment is successful it may take more than four weeks for all the symptoms to subside. The dog's activity should be restricted during this time and until it is stabilized.
Treat your dog’s ear, eyes, and nose infections promptly to avoid spreading these infections to the nervous system.
A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells
The term used for phlegm that is ejected from the mouth; it is secreted in the lower respiratory tract
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
Pertaining to the chest
A medical condition in which bone and bone marrow becomes inflamed
Extra sensitive in nature
The term for the connective tissue around the brain and spine
A medical condition in which the meninges becomes inflamed
The amount of pressure applied by the blood on the arteries.
A type of paralysis that may be only slight; affects the way that an animal is able to move