Yes, his mouth is still wide open! That’s Travis, our dog whose jaw was fused shut for most of his life by a rare muscle disease, masticatory myositis. He was gumming two of my fingers this morning to show you just how wide that mouth can get.
Many months after his innovative mouth-opening procedure at Peak Veterinary Referral Center in Burlington — necessary so he could have oral surgery at Veterinary Dental Services in Massachusetts — he has not lost any ground. He is completely off of prednisone, and has been for a long time. He only has a couple of teeth left, but he is now eating solid food, no longer splatters his meals all over himself and his surroundings (the housekeeping staff is particularly grateful for this), and has gained significant weight. Just as important, he can pant to cool off, something he could never do before. On summer days, we’d always have to bring him inside early to make sure he didn’t overheat. These days he can pant like every other dog.
Here’s another shot I took this morning, just before I stuck my fingers in his mouth (he always pulls his ears back when the camera comes out — don’t ask me why!):
It’s going to be hot here today … we’re headed to 85° (29° C) … and Travis was already in cooling off mode because he’d been outside before I took these photos. You can see that tongue hanging out. We never thought Travis would have his mouth open like this. Our thanks to the great veterinary teamwork by our internal medicine specialist at Peak, Dr. Marielle Goossens, and our veterinary dental specialist, Dr. Diane Carle at Veterinary Dental Services, who made this possible for him.
2014 Shelter Challenge Underway
The latest round of the Shelter Challenge for 2014 is underway. It began July 14 and ends September 21. You can vote every day at http://www.shelterchallenge.com/. To search for us, type in our name, Rolling Dog Farm, and Lancaster, NH 03584. We’ve won thousands of dollars in the previous contests, so your daily votes do bring in serious money for our disabled animals!
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