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Canine Medicine
Spinal pain and presumptive diagnosis of meningitis in young dogs
  1. Malcolm McKee,
  2. Sebastien Behr and
  3. Raquel Monteiro
  1. Willows Referral Service, Highlands Road, Solihull, West Midlands B90 4NH
  1. e-mail wm.mckee{at}

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MENINGITIS is a not uncommon cause of spinal pain in young dogs. Other possible clinical features include pyrexia, lethargy, anorexia, and occasionally ataxia and paresis when there is concomitant involvement of the spinal cord (myelitis). There are a number of causes of inflammation of the meninges and spinal cord, including immune-mediated (for example, steroid-responsive meningitis) and …

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