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My labrador retrievers head is changing shape. Its as though

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My labrador retriever's head is changing shape. It's as though his brain has shifted backwards. Also, he has had 2 episodes where he acted very strange, very unhappy, just wanting to lay still. He still ate, but didn't want to move. Also wimpered and barked a bit, out of character. I worry the two are connected and that he is having a series of mini strokes. If so, is there a medication he can take that might mitigate there recurrence?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

Do you think the front of the skull has muscle atrophy?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I don't know, it came on gradually and is symmetrical. It's sunken in behind a boney protruding triangular shape behind and between his eyes.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
I worry here you are showing signs of muscle atrophy of the head, with the appearance of the skull then changing shape.

We can see this from immune mediated disease, myositis or other associated causes.

That would be the most likely from what you list above, the changing shape.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Relist: Answer quality.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
What information can I offer you?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
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Expert:  petdrz replied 6 years ago.

Hello and welcome to Just Answer. I am a licensed veterinarian and would be happy to answer your questions.


Here is some further information about the condition that your previous expert was referring to. This may give you some direction and information to have it pursued by your veterinarian.

masticatory myositis