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boxer: it and how long does it last

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Our 8 month boxer has just been diagnosed with boxer steroid menagitis what is it and how long does it last?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Its steroid responsive meningitis which means the steroids can help cure it.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It can caused by bacteria, by a virus, by a fungus or by a chemical toxin.
The most common form of meningitis diagnosed in dogs is steroid responsive meningitis. Symtoms include fever, cervical pain, a stiff short-strided gait and reluctance to walk. It does not respond well to antibiotics, but improves rapidly with Prednisone .
Once the dog seems to be back to normal, the dosage of Prednisone can be tapered of and eventually stopped.
Relapses can occur, however, and It's not unusual to have to go back on the starting dose. The overall prognosis for this condition is good, with most dogs either recovering completely or at least having manageable disease.
above is from http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art8390.asp#m

Your dog may recover completely or may need to be watched and treated for life.
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: I need more information on boxer steroid menagitis, I knew this much information about boxer steroid menagitas is there more you can find about this? How long does it usually last, our vet said that he may out grow it when he turns 14 months old is this right? He is currently on predisone now is this all that is keeping him going? How addictive is this drug and is there any side affects? Is there any other drug he could take if this stops working?
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
More on boxer steroid menagitis. I knew this information basically. Is there more information about this or where can I find out more on this. How long does it last, our vet said he may outgrow it when he is around 14 months old is this right? He is currently on predisone now is this all that is keeping him going? How addictive is this drug and what is the side affects? Is there any other drug he could take if this stops wotking?
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
I basically knew this. Is there more you can tell me. Our vet said he problably will out grow this around 14 months or so is this right. Where can I find out more info on this? He curently is on predisone now and is that all that is keeping him going? What is the side affects of this drug? If this quits working is there something else that can help?
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Prednisolone isn't addictive its a steroid not a narcotic. It is the treatment of choice for this problem and is I believe a fairly safe one. I've had many animals on this medication over the years and all with positive results and the only side effect was drinking and peeing a bit more than usual.
from this site
http://petplace.netscape.com/articles/artShow.asp?artID=1553
"While generally safe and effective when prescribed by a veterinarian, prednisone can cause side effects in some animals.
Extreme care must be taken when stopping prednisone therapy. If an animal has been on prednisone for an extended period of time, slow weaning off the drug is critical to avoid serious complications.
Adverse effects include increased thirst and appetite, panting, vomiting, restlessness and diarrhea.
Some animals may develop stomach ulcers from prednisone use.
Long-term use of prednisone may result in loss of hair coat, weakening of the muscles, liver impairment and behavioral changes."
and
"The duration of administration depends on the condition being treated, response to the medication and the development of any adverse effects. Be certain to complete the prescription unless specifically directed by your veterinarian. Even if your pet feels better, the entire treatment plan should be completed to prevent relapse."
If your vet beleives your particular pet may outgrow this problem by 14 months then that is great news and I'd continue to talk with this vet over the course of treatment to see if he or she still feels this way.
Each animal is an individual and no treatment is exact so you have to go with what is going on with your particular pet at any given time.
One of the people you might want to talk about this with is your dog's breeder. This is suspected to have an inherited component and knowing how other dogs in the same line reacted to treatment and the duration of treatment needed may be of help to you.
You may find Boxer expertise on this particular problem over at http://www.boxerworld.com/ in their forums as people from around the world post there.
If you are not happy with the information you are getting from your vet then pin that professional down and ask for more complete information. Most vets are happy to oblige with that when asked.



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