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Story at-a-glance Recent research from North Carolina State University suggests that dogs can develop the same type of autoimmune encephalitis that humans do
  • Encephalitis means inflammation of the brain, and it may be accompanied by inflammation of the spinal cord (myelitis) and/or inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
  • There are two primary types of encephalitis — infectious and idiopathic; idiopathic (non-infectious) encephalitis often has an immune-mediated cause
  • NC State researchers successfully employed an antibody test designed to detect human autoimmune encephalitis on dogs
  • These study results could lead to better screening methods for diagnosis and perhaps more effective treatments for canine encephalitis
A recent study conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University and published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine finds that dogs can develop the same type of autoimmune encephalitis that people do.1 According to NC State University News this finding, revealed through antibody testing, could lead to better screening methods for diagnosis and possibly more effective treatments for
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Encephalitis is the medical term for inflammation of the brain. The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system (CNS), and inflammatory disease of the CNS is one of the most common causes of neurologic disease in animals.

There can also be inflammation of the spinal cord, which is called myelitis, and/or meningitis, which is inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, along with encephalitis. Certain dog breeds are predisposed to encephalitis, including German Shorthaired Pointers, the Maltese, and Yorkshire Terriers.

https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2019/11/20/encephalitis-in-dogs.aspx?cid_source=petsnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1ReadMore&cid=20191120Z1&et_cid=DM393387&et_rid=753498826
 
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