Aseptic Meningitis in Dogs

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In-depth Information on Treatment 

  • Treatment for aseptic meningitis may include treatment with immunosuppressive drugs, most commonly s prednisone at a dose of at least 2 mg/kg twice a day. Medication is usually given orally unless your dog is too sick. In these cases, your veterinarian may start injectable medications. Treatment may be delayed until the results of the CSF tap are known.
  • Medications must be given long term – more than 4 weeks is typical. Medication is generally tapered gradually to alternate days over the course of treatment, which is usually several months. Response to treatment is typically seen within 24 to 48 hours of starting medications. Side effects from the medications include increased eating, drinking, urinating, and panting.
  • Relapses may occur during the tapering course. Relapses usually respond to increasing the medication dose and/or adding a second immunosuppressive drug.
  • Follow-up Care for Dogs with Aseptic Meningitis

    If your dogs is showing signs of meningitis, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. If your veterinarian prescribes a medication, it is important to follow directions unless specifically told to change medication dosage or type.

    Observe your pet closely for any worsening of clinical signs. If you notice any deterioration in your pet’s condition, especially during the tapering of medication, contact your veterinarian immediately.

    Treatment of aseptic meningitis is successful in the vast majority of animals. Relapses are typically seen if the medications are withdrawn too rapidly. Dogs that relapse will typically respond to treatment with either higher doses of the initial drug or addition of a second drug.

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