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Old 08-22-2019, 08:03 PM
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My dog started limping in the summer. I took her to the vet who said it was probably a muscle strain. At Christmas she fell so I took her to a university with a vet teaching program. The doctor said it was a neurological problem and immediately ordered an mri. It was meningitis. Back in 2006 they didn't really know how to treat the disease so I had her pts a year later later after she started having continuous seizures and went blind. She wasn't even 3 years old. I tried everything--I think I spent $10,000 easily on treatments that last year and would have gladly spent more to save her. Sometimes you just have to consult specialists to get to the truth.

Ours wound up with a diagnoses of 'sterile meningitis' about a year and a half ago. Its an autoimmune disorder, not bacterial or viral. Our Vet referred us to a neurological center. The treatment, at least for us, was to blunt her immune system, with massive doses of steroids. Once under control, we now continue to give her a very small dose for maintenance. So far she is doing well, neurologist declared her in remission. We hope for many more good years with her, but the past year and a half, has been very difficult for all of us. We too went through the MRI and spinal tap and more, to get to the diagnosis.
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:41 AM
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Ours wound up with a diagnoses of 'sterile meningitis' about a year and a half ago. Its an autoimmune disorder, not bacterial or viral. Our Vet referred us to a neurological center. The treatment, at least for us, was to blunt her immune system, with massive doses of steroids. Once under control, we now continue to give her a very small dose for maintenance. So far she is doing well, neurologist declared her in remission. We hope for many more good years with her, but the past year and a half, has been very difficult for all of us. We too went through the MRI and spinal tap and more, to get to the diagnosis.
I'm glad they finally have figured out how to treat this disease and happy your dog is in remission. It was horrible watching Rosie go from a healthy, happy pup to a trembling, scared girl. It was probably the worst year of my 80 years. I could not even contemplate getting another dog after I lost her until a friend suggested fostering. I wound up adopting 2 senior English Setters who had been abandoned when they went blind. And after they passed, I adopted a crippled Pomeranian and took in a 'cocka-tzu' found on the streets of Chicago. They are just as grateful to be alive as I am so we stumble along well together.
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nitelite, Its horrible to watch them suffer. We have had Samantha for over 10 years, she will be 11 in January. Suffice to say we are totally attached to her, and will do whatever it takes to keep her quality of life going for as long as possible. Not sure we will ever have another when something happens to Samantha, but that is just too difficult to even think about now. Best of luck with your fosters and adoptees. Kudos to you for doing that.
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