Masticatory muscle myositis is an autoimmune disorder that occurs in dogs. Dogs are very connected to humans in all ways. They show unconditional love to humans and are always there when we need them. So it’s our responsibility to take care of them. In this disease dogs suffer from jaw pain and inability to open their mouth because the dog’s immune system recognizes their muscle cells as foreign and attacks them. By attacking their own muscle cells the dog’s masticatory muscles get swollen. In this article we will discuss the causes, symptoms and herbal remedies to manage masticatory muscle myositis.
It is an autoimmune disorder that occurs in dogs in which masticatory muscles (muscles which help in mastication) of the dog get swollen. In this disease dogs cannot open their mouths properly. They cannot chew and eat. It occurs both in male and female dogs. This disease can be acute or chronic and can be fatal as the dog cannot open his mouth and can’t eat and drink properly. It can be caused by infection, stress, cancer and autoimmune disorder. Average dog age of this disease is three years but it can be managed properly if diagnosed early. Some breeds that are more prone to this disease are rottweilers, weimaraners, labrador retrievers , german shepherds and doberman pinscher.
It has mainly two stages
Acute stage:- in acute stage the dog’s masticatory muscles get swollen and inability to open his mouth. The condition in which a dog cannot open his mouth is called trismus.
Chronic stage:- if the proper treatment is not given in acute stage then it leads to chronic stage in which muscle atrophy occur due to replacement of muscle fibers into fibrous tissue
- In this disease high breed dogs are mainly affected
- It is an autoimmune disorder
- It can be fatal
- Average dog’s age is three years
Dogs affected with masticatory muscle myositis shows various symptoms are as follows
- Difficulty in eating
- Unable to open mouth
- Painful swelling
- Difficulty in breathing
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Weight loss
- Shrunken eyes
It can be caused by several factors such as:-
infection, cancer and autoimmune disorder. Let’s discuss one by one
- Infection:- some viruses and infectious agents can cause infection in masticatory muscles and cause inflammation
- Cancer:- continuity inflammation causes a pre-cancer stage and it will turn into
- Autoimmune disorder:- an abnormal immune reaction to the body causes inflammation and swelling in the jaws.
- Physical examination – Physical symptoms shown by dog such as inability to open his mouth, sunken eyes leads to masticatory muscle myositis
- Blood test – In this we can measure the antibodies that attacks muscle fibers
- Electromyography -by this test we can assess the health of muscle and nerves
- Muscle biopsy – in this biopsy is taken from the affected part.
According to ayurveda diseases occur due to imbalance in three doshas i.e. vata, pitta, and kapha. But in masticatory muscle myositis there is also involvement of ama. Because ama is responsible for autoimmune disorders. In ayurveda there are many herbs that work on three doshas and balance them. Elevated ama is also managed by ayurvedic herbs. And we can also introduce vasti(enema) to balance elevated vata. Ayurvedic herbs that not only work on humans but they also work on dogs. So planet Ayurveda offers some herbal remedies to manage this disease naturally.
Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda for Masticatory Muscle Myositis
Planet ayurveda is an ayurvedic company who treats humans as well as animals. All the medicines are made by ayurvedic experts under proper observation and research. There is no side effect of these medicines. Planet ayurveda offers some herbal remedies to manage masticatory muscle myositis.
- Yograj Guggul
- Joint Aid Plus
- Boswellia Curcumin
- Brahmi Capsule
- Coral Calcium
1. Yograj Guggul
Yograj guggul is in the form of a tablet. It contains ela(Elettaria cardamomum), pippali (Piper longum), jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum), chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) and Shuddha guggulu (Commiphora mukul). It mainly works on pain as the pain in masticatory muscle gets relief from this tablet easily. This tablet is 100% natural and has no side effects.
Dose: – 3 tablets twice daily
2. Joint Aid Plus
It is a capsule that is helpful in joint pain. The main ingredients in this capsule are sonth (zingiber officinale), ashwagandha (withania somnifera) shallaki (boswellia serrata) guggul (commiphora mukul) and nirgundi (vitex negundo). Ashwandha present in this capsule gives strength to the body and also an immune booster. As we know guggul has antiinflammatory properties and is helpful in inflammation.
Dose: – 2 capsules twice daily
3. Boswellia Curcumin
It is an Patent formulation in the form of capsules for the treatment of inflammation and pain. Boswellia (shallaki) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa) present in this capsule has the ability to manage cancer because cancer is the main causative agent of this disease.
Dose: – 2 capsules twice daily
4. Brahmi Capsule
These are the capsules made by the extract of brahmi (bacopa monnieri) . As we know brahmi is very useful for brain and muscle coordination. It is also called brain tonic because it mainly works on the brain and enhances daily activities.
Dose: – 2 capsule twice daily
5. Coral Calcium
Coral calcium is a capsule. The main ingredients in coral calcium are kamdudha ras, mukta pishti (pearl), Giloy (tinospora cordifolia) jahar mohra pishti, akik pishti (agate), praval pishti (coral). All the herbs present in this capsule are natural and provide calcium to the body thus relieving muscle pain.
Dose: – 2 capsule twice daily
Masticatory muscle myositis is an autoimmune disorder in which dogs cannot open their mouth properly and they cannot chew properly. In this article we have learnt the symptoms, cause and diagnosis of this disease. As per ayurveda this disease is caused by elevation of three doshas and involvement of ama. So we can treat this with ayurvedic herbs. Planet ayurveda offers some ayurvedic herbs to treat, masticatory muscle myositis and all the herbs are natural and side effect free.