|Kiri during the first episode!|
By Sunday night there was a drastic change to Kiri’s face. At the time it appeared as if the swelling had gone down but hadn’t known when to stop, giving her head a skull-like appearance, and by now the front of her mouth would not open more than an inch or so. (But yes she could still eat).
The diagnosis following this visit to the vets on the Monday was MMM. They hadn’t even been able to open Kiri’s mouth under anaesthetic, a classic symptom of the condition. They informed me that it is an immune mediated disease found in many large breeds of dogs. Kiri was prescribed a course of steroids, starting with 60mg daily to be reduced over the next 6mths. I was also told to provide her with bones and chew sticks as physiotherapy for her jaw. As MMM is a disease that only goes into remission and never really goes away long term use of steroids was necessary.
|Looking Good-A recent photo, Kiri with Oliver Blue|