PDE (Pug Dog Encephalitis) is an inflammatory disease of the brain. It will usually affect a Pug between the ages of 6 months and 7 years but most Pugs that do become affected are more commonly between the ages of 9 and 19 months. This disease is invariably fatal and has no cure.
Symptoms include: lethargy, depression, staggering walk, seizures, pushing of the head against things like walls, apparent blindness, off and on screaming, neck pain. When the disease first presents itself, one of the obvious symptoms can be something as simple as the Pug no longer jumps on and off furniture and appears to have a very stiff neck.
PDE can last from a few days to 6 months. The cause of this disease is unknown. Some believe it to be a genetic disease because littermates are often affected.
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