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Muscle Loss between eye and ear
cncrvctm72 posted:
I would like to get you opinion on this strange occurance on my dogs. I have had one dog that had it on both sides (that is now deceased from throat cancer) and now another dog has it on one side of her head. You know she is blind on that side and her eye just rolls around in its socket. We are now cleaning it daily, to keep infection out of it. Our vet stated that the muscle loss is due to blunt force trama - she lives in a fenced yard. If this is true, I have an idea of what happened, but cannot prove it.
What can you tell me about that kind of muscle loss and how long does it take for the muscle to atrophy - hours, days, weeks, months? How painful is it? I think the other side is starting to do that and I would like to know if I need to have her put down (if she is suffering) I have a picture of her if you would like to see it.
Any information you could give me would be very much appreciated.
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
There are numerous reasons why a pet may start to lose muscle mass on the head. There are some special blood tests that can be performed to see whether or not your dog has a condition known as masticatory muscle myositis...the muscles responsible for chewing are affected but can cause muscles of the head to atrophy.

How quickly the muscles will atrophy depend on the age of the pet and general health. If you have ever broken a limb and it was in a cast, once it is removed, the muscles of the limb usually have decreased in size and strength...for your pet it can take weeks.

Whether or not your pet is in pain is a question you and your veterinarian need to determine. Does your pet seem comfortable? Is it eating normally? Will it still eat treats?

I would strongly recommend revisiting your veterinarian and discuss your concerns with him or her.

Best of luck...
Dr. Bernadine Cruz


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