We’re still waiting on Rosie’s lab results, but I’m glad I chose to pre-emptively treat her for masticatory muscle myositis: the damage has already been done.
The most noticeable changes in her head is how pronounced her skull ridge (?) is, as well as the deep pockets behind her eyes. It was hard to get her to sit still enough for photos, but maybe you can see.
I’ll be happy when she’s off the prednisone — it makes her thirsty all the time. She had an accident last week; now we let her out every few hours and take water away at about 9PM. She is probably drinking four to five times her normal amount.
The Good News
However, Rosie does not appear to be in any pain. She is much much happier than before we started treating her. Her eyes used to appear red and were runny before her treatment, and now they’re clear and clean.
She can open her mouth more widely than before. I’d say about 10 – 15% of normal. She can successfully chew on a raw carrot or chunk of sweet potato. She’s also stopped drooling, although I think that was a symptom of her pain prior to treatment.
Overall she’s happy and seems to be improving. She’s probably got about half of her medicine left, then we’ll see what’s next. I don’t know enough about MMM to know if her muscles will ever come back, or if the damage is permanent.
However, she looks, well… different. Frankly it’s been hard to get used to, and Sedagive? has teared up a few times.
It’s really hard to get a picture of her from head-on, but between the ridge and the area behind her eye sockets she looks like a totally different dog.
Our vet said it was unusual for owners to pay that much attention to their dogs. I feel guilty for not catching it sooner but all in all she seems okay and is making improvements. Her weight is steady and she looks happier.
Thanks for being so interested in Rosie’s progress. Despite all the pain and discomfort she’s been an absolute doll. Keep your fingers — or paws — crossed for her.