i just came on to browse and saw this thread. i hope it is only a minor setback and she gets back on the road to recovery. she is lucky to have you and her great vets to take care of her. hang in there! feel free to msg me if u need ne thing!
GME (Granulomatous Meningo Encephalomyelitis) is a neurologic disease effecting dogs, most commonly small breeds, usually in females. Most effected are Pugs and sometimes it is called Pug encephalitis. There is a more severe form called Necrotizing Meningo Encephalomyelitis that is sometimes called Maltese Encephalitis. GME can be caused by infection, and in the diagnostic stage all dogs are cultured, along with a spinal tap and MRI. If the cultures are pos., the treatment is antibiotics. If neg, it is assumed that it is auto immune mediated. In other words the dogs immune system is attacking the dog. The only true diagnosis can be made at necropsy. So we assume GME and treat it as such. Lola was diagnosed last Nov. Most of what you read on the internet says GME dogs live weeks to a few months. There are new treatment protocols out there that are making a big difference. Still a tough disease to treat. Something Dr. Sullivan said to me really made sense to me. She said "Dogs don't understand length of life. they only understand quality":smcry: Pam, so very hard. I'm writing this thru tears. I really hope these meds will work. I'm sure that Lola's snarliness is from being poked and prodded so much and feeling crappy and I know prednisone makes them crazy too so that can be more piled on. I'd snarl too. I know you want to do what's best for her and hope the meds will turn around her latest bout. Otherwise I agree that if she's miserable it's hard to see them not enjoy even the simple pleasures in life and be in pain. I'm praying that she'll respond and not throw in the towel either. How did she get encephalitis in the first place...insect bite? Not knowledgeable about that (and other things). You sound like you have an awesome doctor in Dr. Sullivan. You're blessed. Sending hugs to both of you from both of us.:grouphug: