Health and Nutrition

Aseptic Meningitis

Meningitis refers to the inflammation of the membranes that line the brain and spinal cord (the meninges). Most cases are due to bacterial or viral infection; however, some forms occur in specific breeds and are believed to have an inherited basis. Aseptic Meningitis is the most common form found in dogs. Affected dogs are usually young, large-breed dogs between 4 to 24 months of age. Signs may include: fever, severe neck pain, a hunched back, stilted gait, reluctance to move. If not treated, some dogs develop neurologic deficits (i.e., weakness, paralysis, and blindness).

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Note: This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website is intended as a source of information only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional care. Always consult with your Veterinarian about health related matters.

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