" I have been in dogs my whole life, but recentely with Femka had quite a fright- not to mention something totally new I have never seen before. I thought I would share this information to maybe help other owners if they find themselves in a similar situation.
Four weeks ago, Femka suddenly out of no where came up injured - unable to turn her head to the left, in obvious screaming pain. Of course we went immediately to the vet. At the time the vet thought she had Cervical Intervertebral Disc Disease. This is a progressive, aggressive degenerative disease. ( usually genetic ). She had type 2 which when the inflamation in the spinal cord and discs, the swelling moves out into the discs of her neck. Unlike type 1 that would leave her paralized, this type is more horrid as it leaves the dog in excruiated PAIN! At the same time they pulled a full blood panel including full thyroid test, and the tests came back her thyroid was crashing. There was no indication at the time of a elevated white count etc. We started pain medications ( rimadryl and roboxin) and I started adding shark cartiledge and vitamin C to her diet.
Two weeks past and it was obvious the pain management was not working. She was in constant pain. Appearing better to screaming. With a very heavy heart seeing her in constant pain, knowing this disease as we were told would only progress making her life miserable, we made the decission to put her down. Where we live the cremetories are not open on the weekend, and her pain was worse. We called the vet out to our house. When the vet arrived, out of standard procedure he examined her again. Then he found it! Although he had seen her 3 times during all the times, the day we were going to put her down, he felt swelling at the back of the neck. Additionally her temperature was elevated. CANINE MENINGITUS!
We all went from thinking we are losing her to hope and started full antibiotics. Its a week later now, and obviously much better.
** Here is what I hope to pass along- if your dog suddenly shows up with a spine or disc disease, and with meningitus slow to show up just like in people, have your vet start antibiotics. If its not meningitus, the antibiotics will not hurt the dog- but as stated by my very skilled vet- Meningitus is very hard to detect medically until its gotton too advanced. Its frightening to think or wonder how many people put their dogs down under a disc disease with only pain management but the infection is present and hard to detect..
This is a autoimmune triggered disease. Its not contagious but rather triggered. "
*** adds. - If your dog develops what the vet terms as Disc disease, have the vet give a broad spectrum antibiotic just in case..
/edit- additionally- in her case this shows up if her thyroid drops. If your dog develops this, have the vet run as well a full thyroid panel.
Edited by borzoimom, 03 January 2009 - 01:07 PM.