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Encephalitis: Watch Out for This Fast-Moving Brain Disease

It usually comes on without warning, progresses rapidly, and inflames the brain and sometimes other areas. Here are the symptoms that should send you to the vet, and the one test you'll want your vet to perform to confirm diagnosis.


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  • Encephalitis means inflammation of the brain, and it may be accompanied by inflammation of the spinal cord (myelitis) and/or inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
  • The disease is either the result of an infectious agent or it is termed “idiopathic,” meaning the cause is not known. However, idiopathic encephalitis often has an underlying immune-mediated cause
  • Symptoms of encephalitis depend on the area of the brain that is affected, and usually come on suddenly and progress quickly. A confirming diagnosis often involves a spinal tap
  • Holistic veterinarians typically use therapies such as homotoxicology, ozone therapy, and herbal protocols in conjunction with traditional treatments for encephalitis patients

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