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Thursday 24th of July 2014



Masticatory Muscle Myositis - dog health experiences


Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
RaShann
Location: Great Bend, Kansas

I have a 4 yr old boxer that was diagnosed with MMM about 3 weeks ago. We had him on 80 mg of Pred. for a week, which as working well and then she dropped him down to 40 mg daily. Too much too soon. He has gotten very bad the last three days. Cannot close mouth, eyes bulging, muscle mass gone. I have started him back on the higher doses and will decrease to 60 mg after a few days. I also ordered three supplements I read about that was giving to dogs with this along with Prednisone: Standard Process Canine Hepatic Support, 4Life Transfer Factor Classic, and Standard Process Ferrofood. I am praying that these along with the Prednisone will bring my boy back around. Right now I am really scared he isn't going to make it.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Kay
Location: Great Bend, KS USA

I have a 4 yr old boxer male. About 3 weeks ago he was having difficulty opening his mouth to yawn or take a treat. He was still chewing and eating. Took him to the vet and they just gave me some pills to try for a few days. He did get better but soon came back after the pain pills were gone. (This is a vet right out of school). Took him back yesterday and after conferring with another vet MMM is what they have decided on. No testing done, x-ray machine on the fritz so I couldn't get that done either. Started him on Pred. but am wondering if I should find another vet to try. I know the steroid itself can cause severe atrophy and if this is not what he has for sure, I don't want to be suppressing his immune system and taking a chance on that. Not sure what to do right now. :(
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
sue
Location: medford new york

my weimeraner has mmm her symptoms started with her eyes swelling and then her mouth not opening,lots of drooling, fed her baby food for quite awhile until the prednisone worked...her head shape has not come back but her jaw is fine and she seems happy! just hoping she stays well....
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Alan
Location: Scotland

My 7 year old lab started randomly yelping for no apparent reason over a short period of time,never gave it too much thought until he started producing thick white froth from his mouth constantly and became unable to drink water without it running back out his mouth All over floor
3 trips to the vet for various injections and checks gave us no real answers to what was wrong
I returned home from work one evening to find the dogs face all sagging,his eyes bloodshot and diamond shaped and after rushing him to vet he was diagnosed with MMM.
His head has shrunk dramatically in size as all the muscle around his eyes and jaw have disappeared but he seems alert and happy enough,vet put him on prednacare steroid tablets for 6 weeks and regular check ups show he is making slight signs of recovery.no longer taking medication and apart from boney look to his head he seems normal and happy
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Wendy
Location: Utah/Utah/USA

I have a 17 mo old yorkie who was recently diagnosed with MMM. I am looking for a forum or a group of people with MMM dogs to learn from. If you know of any, please send me an email. Thank you. wendandreason@hotmail.com
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Angie
Location: North Branch, MN

Skeeter is a 15 month old Golden. He is so loved. Last night at our camp fire, he let out a yelp. We had no idea why. The next day he wouldn't bring back his toy after throwing it for him. That is not at all like him. We thought maybe his leg hurt or something. It was later that day we realized it was his jaw that hurt so bad. I immediately went on line to research jaw pain in dogs and found this site. Thanks to all of you, my Skeeter will be going to the vet first thing tomorrow to be tested for this disease. I pray we caught it early enough and he will recover. He has all the symptoms. The drooling, the pain in the jaw, the bulging swollen eye, and the lack of playful energy that he had. We love him so much and we are not ready to loose another dog.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Ruby
Location: Denver, CO

My name is Ruby. I'm a german shorthaired pointer/italian greyhound mix. One day, I stopped barking. That was the first odd symptom that my mom noticed. Eating hurt, but not enough to stop eating. I didn't stop eating for 5 days, then it was just too much pain. Mom tried to open my mouth and I screamed. I also screamed when my uncle played with me and pushed my head. Mom took me to the vet and I had a dental to rule out any abcessed teeth and get a blood test. I was diagnosed with MMM. My vet gave me some pills, first some Cindamycin HCL and some Tramacol. Those made the pain go away so that I could eat, get my strength back and to remove harmful bacteria out of my system. He also gave me a food supplement that mom mixed with my normal crunchy food and some water. It's called Missing Link and is helping my immune system recover while detoxifying my body from allergens. (It's yummy.) After the round of antibiotics was done, I started on prednizone. It's been 10 days since my diagnosis and I feel much better. Yesterday I barked again and mom was happy. If you have a dog and they all of a sudden stop barking, pay attention! It just may be MMM.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Sandy
Location: Portland

My poodle/retriever cross was diagnosed with masticatory muscle myositis at 12 months old. Rapid onset of dooling and inability to open his mouth. The vet prescribed high dose prednisone and after one week he started opening his mouth and now 4 months later he can chew toys, fetch balls and most of his energy has returned. He is still on 5 mg per day and he is loosing is hair in large patches but his disease appears to be in remission. He will stay on 5 mg for another 2 weeks than decrease to 5 mg every other day for another month. I check his jaw function and strength every day to make sure that the disease does not return. Thank goodness my vet was willing and able to research the condition.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Jackie
Location: Friendsville/TN/United States

My Standard Poodle has what the Vet is Calling MMM, he has been sick for about 6 mos now, he just turned 1 yr old in March 2011, he has been in the Vet Hospital @ least once a month since the Illness hit, he is the Best House dog we have ever had, he loves to run , fetch and play ball , My Heart Hurts. I would like to know if he will ever have his life back??? Why does this have to happen to our Babies?? I can not bare to part with him ! I LOVE MY DOG
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Joe
Location: Darlington England

I have an English Springer Spaniel that suddenly had a problem onpening his mouth. Over 2 days he was in a postion where he could not even eat without severe pain.

The Vet has given him injections of steroids and we have to dose him with steriods twice a day. We have been told that if he doesnt respond to treatment within the week that the outlook is pretty bleak for him. It is heart breaking seeing the dog in pain and not being able to do anything about it. Fingers crossed he recovers soon.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Dan
Location: Shawneetown, IL, USA

I have a white german shephard, she was 3 years old when we found out she has masticatory myositis. She is now 6 years old. She is on steroids and has been since it was discovered what she had. Her head is sunken in on both sides and she can only open her mouth about an inch and a half. Her eyes also develope a waxey type skin, which left uncheked will cover her eye and she cannot see, we have to remove the covering by washing out her eye, than she is fine. We have found that she can drink better from the bathtub spout as she cannot lap up water as she could before the disease. She swims with me every day in the pool and loves to fetch her toys in and out of the pool.Her health is great other than the disease, we have to put up with her wetting herself, I don't think she actually knows she did it, but I could not put her down just becuse of this disease, she is happy and not in pain( I hope)and is one of the best shephards I ever had.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Denise
Location: Orillia Canada

Thank you Tim from Staten Island NY.

After reading your blog I feel somewhat better. Our beautiful Golden (Darcy) 17 mths old has just been diagnosed with MMM. Knowing that Emerson is doing so well after treatment gives me hope that Darcy will have a similar fate.


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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
renee
Location: fountain inn sc

i just took my dog nova to vet for mastictory muscle myositis at the time i didnt know that was what is was her head started to sink in and it happend so fast almost over night does anyone know if after the treament does there head go back to normal? i feel so bad for her shes such a sweet loving dog
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Weston
Location: Pennsylvania

Just put my 4 year old boxer down from this today. In a matter of 72 hours he went from normal to not being able to open his mouth at all. Act fast!
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Veronica
Location: Phoenix, AZ

I'm going to print all of this out and take it to my vet. My bull mastiff's head is caved in on one side and he is drooling excessively. I haven't noticed any jaw problems. I was just wondering what kind of improvement you notice after using prednisone. Does the head come back to normal? or does it just stop the progression?
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Gale
Location: florida

You have to act asap. This disease destroys muscles extremely fast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ASAP
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Patricia
Location: Bonners Ferry, Idaho

My Standard Poodle was diagnosed with MMM 09/29/09. Antibody test was confirmed at a Californian University. She was treated the usual way with high dosages of Pred. and slowly weaning off. Now it is 04/20/11, and we are treated her fourth outbreak. Has anyone else had repeated outbreaks. This time I will add an antacid.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
gale3684@aol.com
Location: orlando

My dog head muscles were totally gone in a week of this freak illness. I am up all night looking for ways to help him. Appreciate anything anyone has to offer
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
TIM
Location: STATEN ISLAND NYC

My 14 mo Golden \"Emerson\" progressively unable to open jaw over 6-8 mos, to point where his jaw could open only 1 1/4\" (I measured with tape measure), found info online like this blog and others, clearly was masticatory myositis, immediately took to vet (one week ago, Feb 21 2011), started on Prednisone 2mg/kg body weight/day (40 kg/80 mg), immediate improvement, next day he was able to open jaw to two inches after two doses, he\'s been on the Prednisone at 80 mg/day for the past week, I just started tapering him to 60 mg day (in two divided doses) -- he also gets over the counter Pepcid AC 10 mg with each dose to counteract excess acid from the prednisone). He\'s now once again gnawing at chew sticks, back to chipper old self although less energy, can\'t run w me same distances as just a few weeks ago, hoping that will improve over time, less drooling, although he does have excessive thirst and urine, voracious appetite, all as expected from blog entries re Prednisone...bottom line, thank God for the internet, it\'s the blogs that diagnosed my Emerson, was offered blood tests etc to \"confirm\" diagnosis, I asked if it would in any way change the treatment, the answer was no...so why put yourself and your pup through the trauma and (for some) outlandish expense -- some have spent literally thousands on tests and biopsies and x-rays to discover what a half hour on Google eventually told them -- that their furry loved one had an automimmune disease called masticatory myositis, it\'s treated with long term prednisone therapy and progressively lower doses, prognosis is good if caught early, full remission is hoped for, but recurrence is possible, particularly if steroids stopped too soon, and life expectancy is not expected to be impacted. So, taking it one day at a time with my Emerson, praying, and sending love to all out there dealing with this disease. I\'ll keep you posted re: Emerson\'s progress. Fond regards, Tim in Staten Island, NYC.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
tracey
Location: brisbane

My pup bella german sherphard was 3 months old when one night she got really sick she went blind could not eat so the next day i took her to the vet done all the test,she was treated for massticatory myositis,she started on predinsone high dose she was doing well till two days ago she got sick again took her back to the vet,to be told that bella not only has she got myositis she now has dwarfism,bellas life is not long but i love her and be with her till she say good bye at the moment she has her plays and enjoy beening a puppy
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Silo
Location: Chicago

"MOLD" My Shepard came down with Masticatory Myositisis in October 2008. I took him to the vet and the only course of treatment was prednisone steriods. I started him on them and realized the old records albums i had brought in were full of mold which were by his bed, i got rid of them and his symptoms went away. The following year in October again the symptoms returned, even worse. My building basement had recently flooded, from there i had brought in an old suitcase and discovered it was full of mold. I threw it out and within a cuople of hours his symptoms were gone. No problems since. I am now confident that it was the "MOLD" that caused his terrible condition.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Gail
Location: Collinsville, Ok

My 7 yr old Australian Shepherd has MMM. We first noticed her right side of her skull sinking in and she is now on high doses (80 mg daily)of Prednisone. It seems to have stopped the progression of MMM to the other side. She can still drink and eat but is also on doses of Doxycycline (400mg daily), Azathioprine, Famotidine and Sucralfate. The latter two are for the ulcer that the Prednisone has created. She has had bleeding from her nose and has vomited up blood due to the high levels of Prednisone. She is also on iron supplement for her anemia. The meds make her feel horrible and she just lays around all day. She does not seem to be in pain. She has also gotten weak from the prednisone and can no longer jump on to the bed at night. It seems like her muscles are getting weaker.
I hope we are not forced to make a decision about her and what is best for her quality of life.

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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Scott
Location: Madison WI, USA

10 mo English Springer Spaniel presented with an apparent eye infection. She was treated symptomatically with Rimadyl and amoxicillin, with a slow response. One day after treatment was initiated it became difficult to pill her. Treatment was changed to cephalsporin, ketoconozole, and Riamdyl with little change. About 1 week after starting amoxicillin, general anesthesia was performed to open the jaws, to no avail. A diagnosis was made of masticatory myositis and prednisone wast started, 30 mg, twice a day. Immediate improvement was noted, lymph nodes went down in 12 hours, and the jaws started opening after 48 hours. Steady improvement has been noted since then. I was informed that the 2M titer was positive at 1:4000!
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Rachel
Location: Minnesota

My chihuahua was diagnosed with MMM about three months ago. She responded very well to Prednisone. She was on 10 mg per day for one month, 5 mg per day for month two, and then for the past month she has been on 5 mg every other day. None of the symptoms have returned. Yesterday was her last day of Prednisone. I am hoping that all goes well!
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Audrey
Location: New Smryna Beach, FL

We have a 1 year old bullmastiff that recently began displaying symptoms of MMM. However, diagnosing him has been difficult. One side of his head has sunk in drastically and he is in extreme pain. We sent his bloodwork to the specialist in CA, but it cam back in the "gray" area. X-rays didn't reveal anything either, so we are now scheduled for a muscle biopsy. He is not responding well to prednisone, but before my Vet tries any other medications she wants the results from the biopsy. We may try Dex if the biopsy comes back positive. He is still able to eat, but has lost mobility in his jaw. Prednisone seems to be the drug of choice to treat this disease, but I wonder what the survival rate is for dogs who do not respond to it.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Carys
Location: Fargo/ND/USA

My Golden Retriever Blaze got diagnosed with MMM in about 2 months ago. She is 10 months old and it started in what appeared to be like a lock jaw. But she showed no signs of pain. When the vet had ruled out all other options we tested her and began the prednisone. She is on a high dose but is doing much better. I just hope that she will be able to continue with all the stuff she likes to do. Like chewing bones and playing with her best friend my 3 year old White Shepherd. I felt so bad for her and she is so young My big worry is that we cannot fix and she will relapse.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Karen Ann
Location: Upstate NY

My now 8 y/o Piebald Dachshund Razzie was diagnosed with MMM just over a year ago. He was treated with prednisone on and off but his condition is so advanced that the steroids are having no effect at this point. He has severe muscle wasting on the left side of his face around his eye socket, temple and jaw area. He has his good days and his bad days. Most of the time he's not able to chew normal kibble so he gets canned turkey and rice formula food. Although much of the time he seems happy, playful and loving, when he is in pain he becomes very aggressive toward the other doxies, and has even snapped at me. Poor little guy is such a sweet boy, it breaks my heart knowing he's in pain at times. I give him a baby aspirin a day, and that usually does help. On days when he is very aggitated I give him benadryl. I do believe it's getting close to a the time I'll have to make a very difficult discision for Razzie, and my heart just aches thinking about letting him go.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Sandy
Location: Egg Harbor Township/New Jersey/US

My Pembrooke Welsh Corgi was 2 when he was diagnosed with MMM. We noticed after we went away for a long weekend and he stayed with family that his head shrunk. We thought that he stressed the whole time we were gone. Several weeks later we noticed that he was drinking a bowl of water and not getting anywhere, the water just kept falling out of his mouth. We took him to the vet and we were told that he had MMM and that he was in severe pain. I honestly have to say that my dog never showed any signs of being in pain. He is around 4 small children everyday who play and play with him. He never once snapped, growled or did anything to say he did not want to be bothered or he was in pain. He is now on Prednisone 5 mg every other day and is responding well. Our vet also has him on milk thistle to help protect his liver from the steriod. We have our titer tests done each year so that we can make sure he is protected. We do not want to give him shots which will boost his immune system which is already raging. We wanted to breed our corgi because he has such a wonderful disposition but we are leary. I thank God for my corgi all the time, he is such a wonderful animal and loves his family as much as we love him.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Jan
Location: Kent, Ohio, United States

My 14-year-old male hound-shepherd mix was recently diagnosed with Masticatory Muscle Myositis. The symptom that got him to the vet was that the top left side of his head seemed to be caving in. He had had slight trouble chewing, but only on a few occasions. Otherwise, he has not had the jaw problems or the pain. That side of his head is now very sunken in, both above and below the eye, and when he yawns or has his head at certain angles, it looks like his eye has disappeared inside his head. Because of his age and the fact that he is also on medication for severe arthritis which would need to be stopped while using the steroids, the vet and I decided not to treat it unless he begins having pain. I keep my fingers crossed every day that he will not have the problem of not being able to open his mouth.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Carly
Location: Cincinnati/Ohio/USA

My Weimaraner was diagnosed with MMM earlier this year. Her eyes became swollen and her jaw would not open. She was losing weight rapidly and had very bad pain in her face. After many vet visits we figured out this is what she had. She is still on low doses of prednisone (10 mg every other day) and that seems to be working. It's been about 7 months since she was first diagnosed. My vet said this is the only case he's ever seen in his years of practicing. To find out if your dog really has it or not, you can have blood drawn and shipped overnight to a doctor in California. It is the only test for this disease that is available right now. At least that is what my vet told me. It was really scary at first, but Bailey's been doing really well with the steroids and back to being her old self.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
Genie
Location: Wilson/NC/US

My 5 year old Italian Greyhound woke up one morning not being able to open her mouth. The vet tested for Masticatory Muscle Myositis and the results came back negative. I was told it often came back a false negative. She was treated with a high dose of prednisone and her symptoms (severe pain in opening jaw) were alleviated. She's not had a recurrence in the past 3 years. I'm not sure she was diagnosed correctly. During the same period she had a rear tooth removed that had abscessed. I believe her pain was associated with the tooth but unless the Myositis recurs, we won't know. Hopefully, it won't return. My point is, the correct diagnosis is difficult. Don't panic.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis dog experience
Dog Owner:
paige
Location: Missouri

My family owns a small dachshund and she is around 3 or 4 momnths old. She got sick and we thought at first it was pink eye, so we treated her for pink eye. After a week of treatment, her eyes still looked the same, so we took her to the vet and they diagnosed her to have Masticatory Muscle Myositis. She had medicine and her lynph nodes started getting smaller because they had gotten swollen, but her eyes still looked the same and her mouth had become adnormally dry. The dryness of her nose and mouth area got to her and she began licking herself profusely, causing her mouth area to start bleeding. Right now she is slowly getting better and we hope and pray that she is okay and will be okay.
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