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My dog is able to eat but can not extend s jaw without

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My dog is able to eat but can not extend his jaw without yelping. Vet has ordered a CT scan but I'm wondering if a blood test for MM is better
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner. If you would still like assistance, can you tell me:

Does Jacobi have visible muscle wasting?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No he does not
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

While I do believe that both tests would be of value here, if Jacobi does not have muscle wasting, then the CT would be indicated as a better first line option. This is because it has a better potential for ruling out (or confirming) more differentials for his signs then the blood test alone. If that comes back clean (ruling out abscesses, tumors, focal lesions involving the associated, bone, nerve, or muscle); then the blood test would be worth using as the next step in definitively diagnosing his condition.

All the best,

Dr. B.