Another update on Dexter:
We had a checkup with the vet on Saturday. When the vet tried to open Dexter's mouth, he was worried there was scar tissue keeping him from full flexion. Turns out, Dexter just didn't want to open his mouth and was fighting it; he can open his mouth just fine - but only when he wants to do so
We've dropped his prednisone dosage again. In order to get him off the prednisone quicker, we started another med - Azathioprine. Since everything to treat MMM comes with potential negative side effects, we've taken blood work for a baseline to see how Dex is handling it. We're keeping a close eye on him and have another check up in two weeks.
Since starting the pred, he's developed several bumps on his back and sides. The vet aspirated them and said they appear to be cystic, but there's no inflammation present. We put him on an antibiotic and are keeping an eye on those as well.
Dex is a great dog, and all things considered, he's doing well - but all of these meds are definitely affecting his personality. He's destroying toys faster than anything I've ever seen from him. All he wants to do is chew chew CHEW! He's destroyed a few everlasting treat balls, Kong's and orbee baseballs. The baseballs were one of his favorites, but he can't be trusted with them right now. At $8-$10 a piece, I generally like toys to last more than 30 seconds
DH suggested we give him an empty milk jug (he did this for our girl Indy when she was a pup), so we gave that a try.
Dex had SO much fun and was SO incredibly proud of himself and his destruction. He did not want to put his new toy down, no matter what else needed to be done
Please keep us in your thoughts; I really appreciate it, and we definitely need it.