Learning All About Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE) and How to Recognize This Heartbreaking Disease

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Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE) is an idiopathic inflammatory disease primarily affecting the forebrain and thalamus of a doggy. It has also been called the more technical necrotizing meningoencephalitis. The disease is mostly noted in Pugs and Maltese dogs but has also been diagnosed in Yorkies and Chihuahuas.

At this time, the disease is considered incurable but is being researched all of the time and, experts say, a cure may be found very soon. Still, that is little solace for those pet parents who have lost a pug that was diagnosed with PDE.

Be certain, if your pug has been diagnosed with this terrible disease, to notify the breeder where you got him or her. It is hoped, by looking back to where PDE started, a cure can be invented but we must all keep vigilant!

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50 thoughts on “Learning All About Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE) and How to Recognize This Heartbreaking Disease

  1. My beautiful baby Ellie is fighting this horrible disease right now. She is doing well she has had it for 3 months. She was 13 months old when she started showing symptoms. She had an MRI and spinal tap that confirmed encephalitis.

  2. My pug was 15yrs of age. Started acting really different.. She stopped eating /drinking and having seizures. I know that she was up in age and by the time I got her to the vet she died there.. Just so strange how she was fine one day then within a few days.. Dead. I hope they can find a cure for this.. It’s so sad to see them suffer.

  3. I list my first dog, my Pug named Tully & she was only 2 years old. I had to take her on an emergency basis to a 24 hour vet in Weymouth MA. They led me to believe she could survive & live with this disease. $5,000.00 and one day later she was gone. It nearly killed me as well. Shame on those vets that gave me false hope.

  4. We lost our male Pug, named Moe to this disease. He was a rescue along with our female, so we couldn’t trace it back. We were so heartbroken….. we miss him because we loved him so. Poor little guy….he was a trooper to the end. He was approximately 11-12 years old when he passed.

  5. I lost my precious 4 year old Ellie to this devastating disease. It is really hard to diagnose and two vets thought she had a back injury and was in pain. Finally took her back to the vet for a third time and she had a two minute gran-mal seizure after the vet again said it was her back. Looking back she had a seizure the night before when we were asleep. So it could be epilepsy or PDE. Never heard of it, went and looked up the symptoms and cried. I knew what she had. She had another seizure while she spent the day at the vet. Her symptoms started on Monday and she was gone that Friday. Worst thing ever.

  6. I agree. We never got the actual diagnosis, but I looked it up, & it could be nothing else. My Annie was only 2. She went quickly, too. She was seizing continually unless sedated. We made the decision to help her pass over after about 4 days.

  7. So very sad … my heart hurts for you. My boy presented with this little known condition when he was 4. My initial thought was swelling of the brain. Between me and the vet we pulled him through. The vet asked me what I was doing at home for him because he was so surprised how well he was doing. It took two years, but he is 10 now and doing very well. There is hope.

  8. My beautiful girl Sadie died of this disease after a 6 month diagnosis, it is a fatal disease. We were so heartbroken, most of all her brother Roscoe, he is 8 now. The local Vet knew nothing about this disease, I had to find out about it online!

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