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Old 11-08-2009, 04:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got home and there is a message on my machine from someone asking for any imput/help I can give dealing with their dog with probable diagnosis of spinal meningitis. (previous adopter of mine gave him my number)

Haven't called him back yet...looked up treatment on line...but I guess my question would be...is there anything holistically that can be suggested in addition.
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Old 11-08-2009, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I really would rule out a tick disease in this case.

If I recall off the top of my head, this can be bacterial or(?) viral, or immune mediated. I would need to verify that. Absolute diagnosis is invasive, so I wonder how they got the diagnosis.
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Old 11-08-2009, 04:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Interesting....thanks Lisa.

I'll fill in more details after my call.

It was a very sad message...saying he feels like he is watching his dog die before his eyes...and any help I could give him....
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The son (human) of a friend of mine had it and his was immune mediated. He was on IV antibiotics and pain meds for a while and recovered within a few days.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok...this one is a mystery to me....

Was totally fine on Wed. Thursday morning...she could barely walk, mopey, in pain.
Went to vet that day...had fever of 103.
put on antibiotic - after two days - returned to vet and fever was still present.
Put on new antibiotic (cephalarion??something like that) 500 mg....has been on for 24 hrs...fever still the same.
Dog is in pain...if you move her the wrong way...she yelps in pain (mostly from touching front end area...neck, top of back, etc...doesn't seem to have pain in rear end...can sit normally, etc)
Appetite is still good - unchanged
Drinking fine
Normal stool
No seizures

4 year old female Doberman - spayed - was in excellent health. (came from rescue so total background is not known). I think he has her about a year.
On Sentinal and Frontline
Was tested for Tick related disease - negative
Blood work - normal - specifically white blood ct - normal
Tiny amt. of blood in urine
Liver enzymes off slightly - vet thinks could be due to fever

If fever is not down in another day...the vet is thinking maybe spinal meningitis and sending to a specialist for spinal tap.

??

This was a total sudden onset.

I questioned about exposure to any poisons, any trauma, etc...all negative. This is a house dog as well.
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I would add doxy to treat for possible tick disease.
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
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If it's immune-mediated and you only use abx, the dog will get onlky mildly better probably, it won't resolve completely, maybe not at all.

If it's infectious, and only steroids are used, you can very quickly kill the dog.

Many vets, unless an absolutely convincing diagnosis is made, will use both, to cover their basis.
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