August Pet of the Month - Gage

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From Gage's owners - 

Gage is a 5 year old male American Staffordshire Terrier. He had a little bit of a rough life before we adopted him a little over 2 years ago. He had two homes before my best friend took him in so he wouldn’t have to go to a shelter. She wasn’t able to keep him long-term, but thankfully my husband and I fell in love with him and gave him a permanent home. He has grown so much with us. At first, he wasn’t really into balls, toys, or bones. I really don’t think he knew what to do with them, but now he loves them. He is such a playful dog now. I love watching him play, it is very entertaining because he pounces on his toys like our cats do. We have also nicknamed him our doggy marshmallow because he is white, gentle, and loving. Gage always wants to give you kisses or be snuggled up next to you or even on you.

Then this past June, out of nowhere, Gage was not able to walk without the assistance of someone. This was obviously very scary because this happened pretty much overnight. We brought him to All Pets Hospital right away. With the symptoms that Gage was presenting Dr. Little thought it might be Myasthenia Gravis but we needed to take him to a Neurologist for further testing. We did just that and he was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis. This is a neurological disease that decreases the function of the muscles and causes premature muscle fatigue or even profound muscle weakness approaching paralysis. This happens because the acetylcholine receptors on the muscles are mistaken for foreign invaders by the immune system. This is not a very common disease but it does occur is dogs, cats, and even humans. Normally it occurs when the dog reaches the age of 3-9 years old.

I am very happy to say Gage is now doing amazing. It was a rough road at first with late nights because he was vomiting due to his medication causing increased saliva production. He is almost back to normal now. He no longer needs assistance walking anywhere. He is no longer shaking while walking nor does he have a bow legged walk. He occasionally needs to rest after being up for a while but that is to be expected. He has to be given a pill every 8 hours now and his food must be elevated to help protect his throat, because with this disease he could develop something called megaesophagus. Gage could go into remission in a couple of months, so fingers crossed please!!!