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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