General information on Encephalitis
Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. The most common cause of Viral Encephalitis is canine distemper. Other causes include herpesvirus pseudorabies and rabies. Bacterial Encephalitis is caused by and infection that enters the brain by the circulatory system or by an abscess in the neck or head and sometimes by an infection in the dogs nasal cavity. Although rare, Encephalitis can be caused by ticks or protozoan diseases. Lead poisoning from dogs chewing on materials containing lead paint can also cause brain swelling.
Symptoms of Encephalitis
Symptoms of Encephalitis may include depression, seizures, fever, unsteady gait, coma, aggression or other behavioral changes.
Treatments for Encephalitis
Treatment of Encephalitis may include medications (Corticosteroids) to reduce the swelling an inflammation. Anticonvulsants may be prescribed if the dog is having seizures. Antibiotics are used if there is a bacterial infection.
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Encephalitis experience by - Gladys
My 3 year old Yorkis has Encephalitis but he has never had a seizure. He was just disoriented, stopped going up/down the steps and sleeping a lot. He was just not his very active self. After an MRI he was diagnose with the disease and immediate placed on 2 mg prednisone every other day. He is doing well, he is back to himself but still gets very anxious and scares quickly and does no goes up the stairs still. This stated on Feb 2010. We do not know how he got it.
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