Masticatory Muscle Myositis
muscle myositis is a condition where the chewing (mastication) muscles of your
dog become inflamed. It is caused when the immune system attacks and destroys
a unique muscle fiber in your dog’s head known as 2M.
Masticatory Muscle Myositis Symptoms
Your dog may have trouble opening its mouth. Other symptoms include:
- Pain when opening the mouth
- Reluctance to chew or eat
- Excessive salivation
- Shrinkage of head muscles
- Swelling of facial muscles
- Bulging eyes
- Protrusion of the third eyelids
Masticatory Muscle Myositis Treatment
The best way for your veterinarian to diagnose masticatory muscle myositis
is through a muscle biopsy. Other tests may include a complete blood panel,
a 2M-antibody test, or x-rays.
Immune system suppression is the best way to control masticatory muscle myositis.
This is usually done through using corticosteroids such as Prednisone.
Severely affected dogs may require a feeding tube to provide nutrition until
they are able to eat on their own again.
If your dog has masticatory muscle myositis, make sure you feed it soft foods
Your Chops Lamb & Brown Rice Dinner with Carrots and Potatoes , and avoid
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