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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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8 yo old spayed female Bernese Mountain Dog has shown signs

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8 yo old spayed female Bernese Mountain Dog has shown signs of alternating intermittent lameness/tremors of rear legs and occasionally the front legs. Placed on Previcox 1/2 227 mg tab twice a day for a week ... showed improvement, then cut back to 1/2 tab once a day ... after a few days presented with alternating rear leg and front leg tremors with some alternating muscle fasciculation of the right side of her face. Rectal temp was 102 degrees F and oral mucous membranes were hyperemic with normal refill time (<2 secs). She did not demonstrate any apparent cervical/neck pain upon manipulation. Put her back on 1/2 227 mg Previcox bid and 50 mg phenobarbital bid. Because of the hyperemia, placed on 500 mg amoxicillin tid. Symptoms wax and wane. ???
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Lady. Multilimb + head symptoms indicate encephalopathy (brain disorder) which will need to be investigated by cerebrospinal fluid tap, MRI or both. A steroid-responsive suppurative meningitis affecting mainly young (<2 yr), large-breed dogs and a severe necrotizing vasculitis and meningitis syndrome has been documented in Bernese Mountain Dogs. Referral to a specialist veterinary neurologist should be considered at this time. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.