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My dog cant open his mouth properly. He was tested for masicatory

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My dog can't open his mouth properly. He was tested for masicatory myositis and was neg. What should I do next?
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Dr. Andy
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Welcome! I would be happy to assist you. I am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis and a Medical Director of a veterinarian practice.

Hello,
Well the masticatory myositis cannot be ruled-out, even with the test. I would ask your vet if doing a trial with steroids is still worthwhile.

Also, if there is some typeo of jaw or TMJ problem, it may be best to get into a veterinary dental specialist at least for an exam.

Dental Specialists

If not a dental specialist, at least a internist, since this is a very concerning, but difficult problem.

Find Various Specialists
--> Under "specialty" select SAIM = Small Animal Internal Medicine
--> Or, you can search for a Neurologist, Cardiologist or Oncologist

But, it does sound well worth still doing steroids just in case this is due to some autoimmune condition.

Hope that info helps
Dr. Andy


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One other point.
I would confirm with your vet what test they performed. There are a few tests, and many have a lot of false positives or negatives.

The "2M antibody blood test" is the most accurate.

Dr. Andy


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