My Dog’s Recovery from Meningitis

Cooper’s Progress… 

It’s been almost two months since Cooper was diagnosed with Meningitis so I thought it was time I give you all an update.
In my last post I mentioned how Cooper became extremely depressed when he was on a high dose of the steroids, he also lost 4 kg in about a week. We were very worried about him at that stage. After a visit to the vet, we quickly started tapering him off the medication. It is extremely important that this is done slowly over a long period of time otherwise there could be a big chance of the meningitis coming back. Each time we reduced the steroids, he got happier and happier. We started on two 20mg tablets a day, then moved to one a day, then half a day, then half every second day and now Cooper is on half a tablet twice a week. Before we reduced the medication, each time we went to the vet for a check up to make sure he was ready for the next reduction and thankfully each time there was an improvement. We saw the vet on Tuesday and he suggested that Cooper stays on the half a tablet twice a week dose for two months and then we see him for another check up before stopping them all together. 
However, after our visit to the specialist vet, we got a reminder from out local vet that Cooper is actually due next week for his vaccinations. The only problem is – you cannot have your vaccinations if you are on steroids as both of these affect his immune system. It could actually cause his Meningitis to flair up again and/or he could have a bad reaction to the vaccination. For a young dog, it is not good to hold off on vaccinations for too long after their due date so we needed to be very careful how we managed this. After speaking to our local vet and our specialist vet – we have decided to push Coopers vaccinations out by three weeks and to stop his steroids all together the week before his vaccinations to make sure he is ok. This means, Cooper will be off the steroids in three weeks time (rather than in two months time). It is then important after the vaccination that we watch him for a good month to make sure he doesn’t relapse or have any bad reactions. So it is still a long road a head – but we can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank Goodness!!
No one likes to see their dog unwell and feeling so helpless, it was really hard for us at first. But the recovery has been quick and amazing to watch. Cooper really has been a lucky case. Plus we think it has helped him turn a corner with his training. Whilst Cooper has been on this medication, especially the higher doses, he was the best behaved he has ever been. Cooper is now responding really well to recall in the park, even with other dogs around. This has always been a problem for us. He used to be great with no other dogs but then the second another dog was there, he would ignore us. Now, the steroids make him so food driven, that I take some special treats with me and before I let him off the lead, I let him know that I have them. And now even if there is a pack of ten dogs playing, if I whistle and hold the treat up, he will come back to me nine times out of ten. So I guess there was at least one positive out of this whole thing!
So the more we reduce the medication, the more we see our crazy boisterous pup coming back and we appreciate it more than ever. Cooper is well and truly back to playing with other dogs and he is loving it! We have even started back at obedience training and he is doing really well. This whole experience has just showed us that we really would do anything for our pup. The unconditional love you get from a dog is just so special. Jase and I love Cooper more than ever and love watching him grow up into an adult dog. 
Our happy family
 

 


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  1. Jo bo
    Jo bo says:

    Hi me little whippet Skye has been diagnosed with meningitus four weeks ago and still quite poorly up and down all the time reducing steroids but not sure she's improving how long before any great results worried about her

  2. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    hello sister,

    I've read your article and it is very interesting because now my puppy is on serious problem and he is staying at the clinic and I would like to ask you that while he is staying in the clinic for 3 days.
    The first day, I seen he still have power and he can walk as well but after tomorrow he is stay clam and have no power to get up it was yesterday and today is the same.

    Did you recognize cooper?

    Thanks sister

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    did anyone have a dog that was "foggy" and like retarded after meningitis treatment? my dog had cytosar (chemo) for his meningitis, but now he can walk, eat, and his eyes trace back and forth when you move his head, but he's in a fog … like not responding to his name. his name is cooper too. let me know.

  4. frank dustin
    frank dustin says:

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    lilianpiero says:

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  7. Mike
    Mike says:

    How long did it take for Cooper to recover fully? We have our dog manny on 40mg of prednisilone, 250mg Atopica and 1000mg Keppra per day. It seems that one of the meds is really affecting him. He’s lethargic all the time, breaths heavy all the time, is hungry all the time and doesn’t even have the energy to jump up on our couch. (At full health he could clear our 4 foot high garden fence).

    He was first dignosed at a specialist vet hospital around 6 weeks ago. He had the typical symptoms. He couldn’t walk, his head was bobbing, fever and wouldn’t eat.

    The change after 4-5 days on the vet hospital was unreal. I couldn’t believe it but I was hoping he would have recovered much more by now.

    Just wondering if the way our dog is at the moment sounds pretty typical of the recovery phase?

    Thabks

  8. Cooper and Kids
    Cooper and Kids says:

    Mike, I’m sorry to hear about Manny. I think it’s worth calling your vet and asking. It was quite a few years ago now so my memory on the finer details isn’t great. I am pretty sure, once Cooper started responding to the meds, it was a pretty quick change in behaviour. So if you’re not seeing that in Manny, it’s definitely worth checking. I do remember that Cooper was on the meds for ages as you need to taper them off them slowly so they don’t have a relapse. And the medication definitely caused things like extreme hunger and thirst, slight depression, it’s meant to make you put on weight but Cooper actually lost weight. Anyways, get a second opinion if you need. Good luck! And keep us posted how you go.
    Mel xox

  9. D. Hain
    D. Hain says:

    Our dog Max was diagnosed a week ago with meningitis. He has been fighting a Blastomycosis infection since October 2017. The fear was is this the cause of meningitis. Results of recent test have shown he is blastomycosis free. He is slowly showing improvement. he was hospitalized last week for 3 days for treatment and observation for head pain and not being able to pick up a dog bone on the floor. Admitted with 105 degree fever. He is now home and recovering. Seems tired but shows some sign of improving. He has always been eating and drinking water. He is on antibiotic. No steroid at this time.

  10. Lisa LEAVELLE
    Lisa LEAVELLE says:

    I have a dog with meniigitis now. Its been since June 13. About three weeks ago we had made an appointment to have him put to sleep. I decided against it and he struggled badly the following week but has been making good progress the past week and a half. We pray he continues doing well .Its definitely a roller coaster

  11. Sharon Locher
    Sharon Locher says:

    Hi,
    I’m so happy to hear Cooper is doing so well. My Georgia has suspected meningitis. I say “suspected” because her vets have ruled out all other possibilities. She was put on a steroid in early June and within days she was back to her old self.
    About three weeks into treatment, she stopped eating her dry food so I switched to wet food in hopes of stimulating her appetite. She’s always been a food driven dog and the wet food sufficed for a few days. I reached out to the vet again to inform them she was no longer eating. I couldn’t get her pills into her either so off to the vet we went once again.
    She spent five days there and I had them preform numerous tests just to make sure something else wasn’t going on with her. The vets placed an esophageal tube in and she’s receiving food and medication through it. I guess what I’m asking is how long was Cooper on the steroid and how badly was he effected by it? Georgia is listless, lethargic, and weak. She’s not in pain but she’s no where near the dog she’s been her entire life. Any insights you can share would be appreciated.
    Thank you, Sharon L.