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Myasthenia gravis - any dogs owners with experience of this?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Kaydees, May 26, 2010.


  1. Kaydees

    Kaydees PetForums Newbie

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    Our wire haired fox terrier has been having problems for over 2 years.

    She developed what we termed a funny run - she would be running and all of a sudden stop, bang her back legs on the floor like a rabbit and then take off again.

    She did not do it frequently but often enough to cause concern. We talked to our vet about it and also a specialist but left everyone scratching their heads. We tried to video these funny runs but as often happens with dogs and children she never 'performed' when we had a camera to hand or when at the vets.

    She then started having occasional 'funny turns' - very similar to absence seizures in humans. Vet suspected epilepsy but as they were very infrequent she was not put on any medication.

    We managed to video her funny run and also a seizure yesterday so dashed off to the vet to show him. He now thinks that she may have a mild form of Myasthenia gravis. Meg has had blood tests so we are now awaiting the results - another test involves running her until she collapses and then giving her an injection to see her response. I am hoping dearly that this last option is not needed and that the blood test come back conclusive.

    I have links to Meg's funny run and also one of her seizures on Youtube but unsure if forum rules allow me to post them here :confused1:

    Has anyone here had experience as a dog owner with this illness?
     
  2. Kaydees

    Kaydees PetForums Newbie

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    They look heartbreaking videos.
    What tests has she had so far?
    I'm not going to be any help on this unfortunately, but you never know, we may have someone here, that can help. I do hope so
     
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    Kaydees PetForums Newbie

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    Meg has had allsorts done to her - poor mite.

    I couldn't video her seizure for long - she gets very distressed and I felt cruel sitting there videoing it. I knew I had to capture it for the vet so he could help her but boy it was tough.

    MRI, xrays, lumbar puncture, blood tests - to be honest I have forgotten a lot of it :eek:

    I do remember the bills came to over £5k :scared:

    She had some more bloods done yesterday so just waiting for those results.

    it has been hard for the vets because they didn't know what the problem was - it has been more a case of ruling out what it wasn't.
     
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