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Companion or pet animals
Successful medical management of an epidural abscess in a dog
  1. Nora Romero-Fernandez1,
  2. Roberto José-López1,
  3. Alexane Durand2 and
  4. Rodrigo Gutierrez-Quintana1
  1. 1University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rodrigo Gutierrez-Quintana, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, Bearsden Road, Glasgow G61 1QH, UK; Rodrigo.GutierrezQuintana{at}


A seven-month-old entire male dobermann presented with acute onset neck pain and left thoracic limb lameness. The dog had a similar episode eight weeks before presentation that responded to meloxicam. A cervical spinal epidural abscess secondary to Staphylococcus pseudintermedius bacteraemia was diagnosed following investigations, including MRI of the cervical vertebral column and blood cultures. Treatment with cephalexin, gabapentin and meloxicam was started. The dog was doing clinically well one month later. A control MRI and radiographs of the cervical vertebral column showed evidence of discospondylitis and resolution of the primary lesion, therefore the treatment course with cephalexin was continued. Three months after initial presentation the clinical signs had resolved, radiographs showed improvement of the discospondylitis and antibiotics were stopped. Seven months later the dog continued doing well with no relapse.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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