Overview of Cerebral Edema (Brain Swelling) in Dogs
Cerebral edema is swelling of the brain and is most often caused by head trauma in veterinary patients. Cerebral edema can also be caused by lack of oxygen, decreased blood flow to the brain, brain tumors, toxins and metabolic disorders, such as diabetes and electrolyte abnormalities.
Both cats and dogs can suffer from cerebral edema. Head trauma is more commonly seen in young, smaller animals.
What to Watch For
Animals with cerebral edema may range from being dull and unresponsive to being comatose, depending on the severity of the brain swelling. They are often blind, very weak or unable to walk, and may have seizures.
Diagnosis of Cerebral Edema
Treatment of Cerebral Edema
Home Care and Prevention
Cerebral edema is often a life threatening disorder and must be managed by your veterinarian. Once your pet is sent home, careful monitoring of behavior and mental attitude is important to assure that the pet is recovering appropriately.
Avoidance of traumatic situations is one means of preventing cerebral edema. Puppies and kittens are often the victims of accidental trauma due to their small size. Appropriate housing of young pets is important for their safety.