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Old 04-17-2013, 02:30 PM
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Muscle Wasting in Head

Hi All,

My dog was very sick just a few weeks ago, but is now doing great thanks to our local teaching hospital. She has been on predisone and is now eating, drinking and playing happily! Unfortunately due to the medicine she is on the muscles on her head have shrunk. We love her anyway no matter what she looks like, (my husband says she looks just fine) but is there anything we can do, diet etc. to help encourage the muscles to grow back once she is off the meds? My vet said she may fill in a little, but not to expect too much.

Thanks for any info. on a similar experience.

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What illness does she have? That will play a roll in whether there is anything you can do.
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No exact diagnosis, but she has an immune mediated disease, they think either: Masticatory Myocitis or Steroid Responsive Arteritis.
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I have been surprised in some dogs on how much actually returns when taken off the prednisone. I have done acupuncture for one dog that it seemed to help return some muscle mass, when it appeared that the muscles were not coming back after being off the pred for 3 weeks.
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Depends to be honest. Nothing extra you do will help put muscle back there, stopping the pred is what is needed, HOWEVER, you obviously cannot do that with those conditions and she could relapse.

Wish I could offer you better advice. Good luck.
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My previous female setter had masticatory myositis. The muscle wasting of the head is part of it the condition. It is really good if you have her in remission on the prednisone. The prednisone, as you probably know, has some significant side effects, (including loss of muscle all over the body) but as the vets here have mentioned, you may need to continue to give it to her to avoid a relapse. Auto-immune issues are tricky to deal with, so keep a vigilant eye on her and trust yourself if you see changes and seek veterinary care.
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