Myasthenia Gravis In Dogs (Canines): Symptoms, Causes And Treatment

January 7, 2011 | Healthy Dog | Leave a Comment |

Causes of Myasthenia Gravis in Dogs

  • Canine myasthenia gravis causes nicotinic acetylcholine receptors or AChRs to malfunction. When this happens, muscles will have a problem receiving the message to contract. Thus, the affected dog will be weak and would have difficulty in moving.
  • Exercise will not help cure the lack of muscle strength. In fact, any form of activity will only aggravate the condition while resting appears to provide relief.
  • The ailment can be congenital or acquired. Congenital ailments are quite rare.

Myasthenia Gravis in Dogs Treatment

  • There is no treatment to congenital myasthenia gravis.
  • Acquired myasthenia gravis can be treated using medications and drugs that suppress the immune system.
  • To feed the dog, it is possible to use gastrostomy tubes.

Myasthenia Gravis in Dogs Symptoms

  • Muscle weakness is the single most common and indicative symptom for myasthenia gravis.
  • When the condition is relieved by rest but worsens with activity, then most often than not, it is myasthenia gravis. Also, normal activity could cause fatigue. Of course, it is best to consult a vet, telling him of the symptoms observed in the dog.
  • Muscle weakness often affects the throat, eyes, face, and legs.
  • Dogs will also experience a weakness in the esophagus. Thus, the dog might regurgitate food from time to time. The dog would also have difficulty in swallowing food.
  • Weight loss due to difficulty in swallowing.
  • Also, the dog could experience fever and could develop chronic cough.
  • Distinct change in voice/bark.

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