MMM - Masticatory Muscle Miositis
by, 13th November 2012 at 05:15 PM (19525 Views)
My Cav puppy developed MMM 3 weeks after her 2nd set of shots. Her blood serum was tested by a lab and MMM was confirmed. She is now on a special anti-rejection steroid. Although her condition was "Chronic" when diagnosed (jaw nearly completely locked), she has responded well to treatment. She can open her mouth wide enough to carry a golf ball around and although her face "hallowed" the muscles have filled back in. She's a little over 10 pounds now. DOB February 27th, 2012.
MY QUESTION: Has anyone else had a Cav with this condition, who was chronic when diagnosed? If so, at what age did your dog develop it and how did your dog fare?
According to research, she must be kept on the steroid regiment until just after her first birthday. If she relapses, she'll have to be put down. What I can't find, despite hours of internet searching, is how many dogs who've reached the chronic stage before treatment was started survive? The articles I've read all say the prognosis is "Not as good as it is for dogs who were treated before the chronic stage." How much "Not as good" is the real question no research article will tell me.
I'd really appreciate your input, regardless of whether it's encouraging or brutal. I need to know. Thank you for reading this.