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Postby KEVIN1barb » June 24th, 2010, 1:44 pm

My name is Barbara and we have a beautiful red nosed pitbull names Lucy.......she was a rescue. We live in the country south of Erie PA on 30 acres. Lucy has the run of the place and stays near the creek and trees. She is a doll.

My husband Kevin and I have two kids a son 25 and a daughter 23. My husband is a teacher and I work at a local university. Our kids both graduated from the University and are off beginning their careers.

The main reason I'm joining is becaus Lucy has just been diagnosed with Masticatory myositis. Actually the vet is still conducting tests to see if this is what she has.....she has the atrophied muscles (we thought it was an old age thing as she is 9)....she has been throwing up her kibble and re eating it immediately (softening it up I guess).......she went to the vet for her normal yearly shots and we commented on how her head was so "skeletal".........

Anyone ever heard of this? It sounds like the chronic form of the disease.......however she is able to open/close her mouth just fine. If anyone has some input I'd like to hear it. Thanks
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Postby TheRedQueen » June 24th, 2010, 2:57 pm

Welcome! You'll have to get permission to access the rest of the board, but once that happens...definitely repost your questions in the Health/Nutrition section (I for one, have seen two separate cases of MM in the past year or so). This area is just for intros...so the mods will approve you to post elsewhere and we can all discuss your Lucy!
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Postby Marinepits » June 24th, 2010, 6:24 pm

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Postby iluvk9 » June 24th, 2010, 8:52 pm

Welcome, Barbara. I am glad you have joined and am so sorry about the diagnosis. I do not know anything about it, but I am sure someone here will be able to help you out.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » June 24th, 2010, 9:06 pm

Welcome! :wave:

I've never heard of that diagnosis - definitely post in the Nutrition/Health section. :)
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Postby BullyLady » June 27th, 2010, 3:43 pm

Didn't one of Christine's dogs get diagnosed with a mild form of this as a puppy? I'm thinking it was Sepp, maybe she will have input.....
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Postby amazincc » June 28th, 2010, 1:37 am

BullyLady wrote:Didn't one of Christine's dogs get diagnosed with a mild form of this as a puppy? I'm thinking it was Sepp, maybe she will have input.....

Welcome to PBT! :)

Yes, my boy was dx'd w/Masticatory Myositis... he had one very bad episode where he couldn't open his mouth at all for a few days. He was on pain meds and Prednisone, and I got a meat grinder to make "RAW slushies"... my vet also put him on a "maintenance dose" of Prednisone (5 mg/day) for a few months, and he was doing really well - he is even able to chew bones again.
We have not had a huge problem since that first incident (*knocks on wood*), but once in a while I do notice that his jaw seems to be tender, and he will refuse hard treats.
Did Lucy have bloodwork done to diagnose this? There is a specific blood test that can confirm whether she has this disease or not, and unfortunately it is a chronic illness... but it can be managed, to a degree.
You can soften her kibble by soaking it in water for about 15 minutes before feeding, start giving very soft treats instead of hard biscuits, etc.
Let us know what your vet says... :hug3:
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