Zeus is an 8-year-old Terrier-mix who presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology in August of 2012. During the previous week Zeus became lethargic, developed back pain and began to have trouble walking. His owner noticed that he would fall over when trying to stand. Zeus’ case was complicated by the fact that he had a low red blood cell count (anemia) and elevated globulin level (hyperglobulinemia).
After a physical and neurological examination by Dr. Lane, Zeus underwent Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Cerebrospinal Fluid Assessment (CSF). Zeus was diagnosed with a congenital hydrocephalus and inflammation of his brain. Additional testing was performed and revealed the cause of his illness was a tick borne disease called Ehrlichia canis. This infectious agent is not commonly found in Colorado. Zeus spent 4 days in the hospital receiving treatment for his infection and inflammation of his nervous system.
Zeus was discharged from the hospital with an improving status. At his 3-month recheck, Zeus had recovered back to near normalcy. Zeus will need long-term antibiotic therapy; but he is living a happy and energetic life, and continues to travel with his mom.