Autumn diagnosed with encephalitis

Well 2 weeks ago the whites of Autumns eyes were showing at the top of her eyes and she was a little bit "off". Not normal Autumn/corgi off but "off". Just not herself. I took her to the vet they did tons of testing and nothing really showed up. Last Tuesday Autumn was in visible pain. Backing up in circles panting and gaurding herself not wanting to be touched. We took her to the vet and they decided she probably had a slipped disk. Disc? Anyways they gave her a steroid and a pain shot and pain pills. All seemed good. Two days later she's worse. Backing in circles, loss of bowel control trembling which eventually (an hour later) made her go into shock. We took her back to the vet and it turns out she has encephalomyelitis. Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. We aren't sure what type she has yet but so far she's responding well to high doses of steroids for the inflammation, antibiotics for paossible infection, pain medicine and pepcid to calm her tummy. She's started eating again and drinks tooooons of water. So she has had some more accidents in the house which is no big deal. I had no idea how common encephalitis is in dogs.

We're hopeful for full recovery!

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Comment by Mochi on November 18, 2011 at 6:00pm

Thanks so much everyone for the get well wishes. It means a lot. Autumn is up and about but definitely not herself. She is circling a lot and pushing her head into objects, walls etc. It's really hard to see her like this but I'm keeping the faith that she will get better. I'm surprised that encephalitis is so common in dogs but so little is known about it.

Comment by Cindi on November 15, 2011 at 2:41pm

Get well soon.  Sending lot's of corgi {{{HUGS}}}}


Comment by Alison Prasavath on November 14, 2011 at 3:37pm

I'm so sorry to hear about Autumn. Feel better soon sweetheart!

Comment by Jennifer Markley on November 14, 2011 at 11:33am

Hugs to you guys...hopefully she is better soon!

Comment by Heidi Robson on November 14, 2011 at 8:19am

I hope she is on the road to recovery!  It's awful when our Corgi babies are sick and in pain.

Comment by Basil on November 13, 2011 at 10:00pm

How scary!  Sending hugs and positive thoughts her way!

Comment by Jane Christensen on November 13, 2011 at 10:00pm

Feel better soon Autumn!

Comment by christy fry on November 13, 2011 at 9:47pm

Get well Autumn!!

Comment by Ellen Andersen on November 13, 2011 at 8:46pm

Healing wishes for Autumn are being sent from my house to yours!

Comment by Bev Levy on November 13, 2011 at 8:25pm

Wow, I have not heard of it in dogs! Hope she is better soon!

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