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Canine meningitis


Photo: Inca

Photo: Inca

At five yesterday evening the phone rang.
“Hello this is Lara. The results have come back from the spinal tap. Inca has meningitis.”
My head whirled. People die of meningitis.
“Is it treatable?”
“Yes but she has bad meningitis. She needs to stay with us.”
“Is it contagious?”
“No canine meningitis is not infectious. Your other dogs are safe.”

It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride with Inca – she was deteriorating fast. So she was finally referred to the Animal Health Trust yesterday morning. They are running other bacterial tests on her and the results will be back by the middle of next week. She may have to stay until then. But she is in the best possible hands. Fingers crossed that she responds well to treatment.

Meanwhile the other Min Pins are very piano and the cottage is strangely quiet. They are curled up close beside me on the bed as I write this. We are all missing her bouncy, busy presence.

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  1. rhonda jean

    I hope Inca comes home soon as good as gold. She looks like a very cute and lovable dog.

  2. Get well soon Inca.

  3. Poor baby girl, all our love and hugz from me and the moggies. Hope she is allowed home quickly to recover with her family in the place she feels safest. In the meantime wishing her strength and soothing thoughts till she can be home and getting better. x

  4. The poor thing. Hope she recovers.


  5. Very, very best wishes to Inca, to you, and to the rest of your gang. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way.

  6. Cookie Girl

    I hope Inca is better soon.

  7. kate (uk)

    Fingers and toes crossed!

  8. Philippa


    So sorry to hear about Inca. It sounds that she is in good hands and I hope she is well and back home very soon.


  9. Toffeeapple

    Fingers crossed here too.

  10. veronica

    Oh dear! I do hope the treatment works well and that Inca is soon back at home with you. Caring for a sick pet is agonising.

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