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Hello,

I am new to this site, so hope I am posting correctly. I have a 19month old female whippet x and she is the love of our life.

At easter of this year she was admitted to the vets for lethargy, high temperature, and sensitivity in her lower back, she was given antibiotics and anti inflammatory which seemed to help and she came home. Two weeks ago she was admitted to the vets with the same symptoms, but was far more poorly. The vets were unable to diagnose her so she was sent to a veterinary specialist. Upon examination she was sensitive in her whole back, reluctant to move her head left or right, high temp, lethargy, so following a spinal tap she was diagnosed with steroid responsive meningitis. She is currently on prednisolone 5mg (steroids) and has 3 1/2 tablets twice a day. She seems slightly better, as in when she is up she is a bit brighter and has a waggy tail, but she wants to sleep alot and seems depressed. I have reviewed all the side effects, one being muscle wastage, but she has only been on the steroids one week and already her spine and the top of her head is really bony, she has gone from having a dry nose to having a nose that now drips. We are back at the vets on Tuesday for her first examination.

Has anyone had any experience of steroid responsive meningitis and if so, what effects did the steroids have on your dog, and prognosis.

Many thanks, sorry it is a bit of an essay but wanted to give you all the information, I look forward to hearing from any of you.

Thanks
Liz
 

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Not me, but someone I came across a few years back, her dog was a toller and they are supposed to be quite prone to it. Her dog made a full recovery, and was competing at agility when I met her.
 

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I have a chihuahua who had his first bout of SRM at about 18 months, he had 2 other bouts of it within a year. It was treated with antbiotics and steroids. Within a day of having the meds he was so much better. He is 6 now and has not had it for over 3 years (touch wood) and is absolutely fine!!
Hope your dog gets on ok x
 
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