This is Jonesey who came in to see Dr Henry with a disease called Masticatory Myositis. This is a common autoimmune condition diagnosed in German Shepherds and Jonesey had been battling it for about a year. With this disease their own body attacks the muscles around the head causing weakness and scar tissue. Eventually they are unable to open their mouths. Jonesey was being treated by his previous vet with Prednisolone to ease this symptom.

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Jonesey has an extra problem in his mouth, where he has a large rotting area beside his last molar which has not healed despite repeated antibiotics. In fact, it has spread from his gum into the salivary ducts so that he will get bleeding if he chews on anything firm. His previous vets suspected that he has a cancer in this area and it is causing the left eye to protrude.

In this photo you can see how the ulcerated area looked at his first visit.

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Here you can see the reactive area along the salivary apparatus.

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Jonesey was treated by Dr Henry with acupuncture and the following medicines to build up his immune system:

* Chinese medicine ‘Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang’,
* Mushroom Ultradefense herbs,
* Homeopathic medicine ‘Lachesis 30c’ to take twice daily, and
* Regular Vitamin C infusions (https://www.thenaturalvets.com.au/vet-sunshine-coast-services/intravenous-vitamin-c-therapy/)

After the first week of treatment Jonesey was already trying to pick up his tennis ball.

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You can notice how the ulcerated area cleaned out over time and how it has a much healthier appearance.

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Here you can see that the ulcerated area is almost gone.

Within 3 months Jonesey was back chewing everything that he used to and is no longer on any treatments. The head and facial muscles have even filled in and he can yawn like a normal dog!