Rocky's Jaw

By: Hannah Kleckner Date: Nov 21, 2017
Rocky and family, Penn Vet

When Rocky, was only one year old, he got into a scuffle with a colt and was kicked in the head. When taken to the local vet,  he was diagnosed with a dislocated jaw and it was reset. But as the days passed, it was clear something else was wrong.

He cried every time he tried to open his mouth. The local vets continued to contend that his painful jaw movement was due to inammation from his injury. At this point, Rocky could only open his jaw two inches. Explaining the situation to Penn Vet, they accommodated an appointment within days. It turned out that Rocky had a very serious and rare condition called masticatory myositis, an autoimmune disease, triggered by his head trauma.

Dr. Reiter and the dental service at Penn Vet made the probable diagnosis upon examination of Rocky, and took him into surgery the same day for confirmatory biopsies. Dr. Reiter created a personalized treatment plan for Rocky and the disease was brought under control. It has been 12 years since that frightening day when they visited Penn Vet, afraid they would lose Rocky. Dr. Reiter continues to treat and evaluate Rocky at least once a year every year, receiving very attentive care.

Rocky has lived a full and happy life thanks to them. "Penn Vet is a valuable resource for anyone who cares about pets, and deserves all of our support," said Rocky’s parents, Nadine Chien and Fred Batzold. "We will always be so grateful to Dr. Reiter and Penn Vet for saving Rocky.";