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Breed Specific Necrotizing Encephalitis In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments



breed specific necrotizing encephalitis in dogs: symptoms, causes, & treatments

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Breed specific necrotizing encephalitis in dogs is a medical condition that describes inflammation of a dog’s brain and the destruction of brain tissue.

This condition only affects a small number of breeds of dog, including Pugs and Yorkshire Terriers. The affected breed may also experience different symptoms.

If your dog is showing signs of brain inflammation, you should consult your veterinarian immediately. You should consult your veterinarianFor a diagnosis and treatment plan, please consult your veterinarian. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of breed specific necrotizing encephalitis in dogs.

The Signs of Breed Specific Necrotizing Encephalitis InDogs

BreedSpecific necrotizing Encephalitis can occur in dogs and it can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the breed of dog involved and the affected part of the brain.

Some of the most frequent symptoms include:

The Causes of Breed Specific Necrotizing Encephalitis InDogs

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Unfortunately, the cause of breed specific necrotizing encephalitis in dogs is idiopathic, meaning it is unknown.

If the condition is affecting the breeds of dogs, the most popular breeds are:

  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Maltese
  • French Bulldog
  • Pug
  • Shih Tzu
  • Chihuahua

Veterinary Treatments

Your vet will ask questions about your dog’s medical history and symptoms if you suspect that they may be suffering from breed specific necrotizing Encephalitis. Your veterinarian will want to perform a complete physical exam on your dog, and also order urine and blood tests.

The vet may also order an MRI (magnetic-resonance imaging); however, there are some challenges in using this type imaging to make a diagnosis. InIn some cases, a brain biopsy may be the best way to confirm the diagnosis.

Unfortunately, there is currently no treatment available for this condition. Your vet will instead focus on relieving any symptoms that your dog may be experiencing.

A vet may recommend medication to ease inflammation. If your vet prescribes medicine for your dog it is crucial that you adhere to all dosage and frequency guidelines.

Have you noticed that your dog has developed breed-specific necrotizing encephalitis in the past? How do you keep them comfortable? Comment below to share your thoughts.