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Brain and Spinal Cord Inflammation in Dogs

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Treatment

 

Often, immediate intensive care and hospitalization is required for dogs with severe forms of GME. For debilitated patients, intravenous fluid therapy is initiated to counter the body fluid deficits. Long-term steroid therapy, meanwhile, is used to alleviate the symptoms -- though never after the use of NSAIDs and only under the supervision of your veterinarian. In case of focal nature of disease, radiation therapy may also be suggested by your veterinarian.

 

Living and Management

 

The overall prognosis is highly variable and will depend on the form of the disease and its location. In addition to following the veterinarian's instructions for the dosage and frequency of the medication, it is vital you provide extra care to once your dog is home. If it still active, your veterinarian may recommend restricting its movements to prevent injury or trauma. Dogs that are immobile, meanwhile, should be allowed to rest in a padded cage or bed, and turned every four hours to prevent bed sores.

 

Your veterinarian will recommend follow-up exams once or twice a month to conduct neurological tests and to verify that the dog is being adequately nourished.

 

 

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