Vito Corlene was our first Boxer. We have had several dogs over the years, but none that could match Vito’s personality. Vito was not a rescue dog, but our love of the breed made us interested in rescue programs. Vito was a gentle 85lb lap dog, he loved to cuddle and spend time with us. Everyone who met him fell instantly in love with him.
Vito started losing weight and have trouble eating, he would drop food out of his jowls which then escalated to not being able to open his mouth. We went to several vets and was misdiagnosed multiple times. Finally I brought him to the ER in Shelton, CT. Finally there we were given some answers.
Vito was diagnosed with MMM, an extremely rare auto immune disease. He spent a week at the hospital, had his jaw surgically opened (with a rib separator), and feeding tubes inserted. He lost 25+ pounds, he was a carcass with skin. However, his spirit was there and he never gave up. He was making a miraculous recovery and had the feeding tube taken out after 3 days. The doctors, who all never saw an actual case of MMM, were amazed by his will. Unfortunately, Vito succumbed to stomach torsion a week later and passed away(doctors think it was because of all the weight loss).
I want to thank Jane for allowing me to write this passage and share on the website. If anything can come of Vito’s death, I want to make people aware of MMM and most importantly to always follow your gut when it comes to veterinary care. We were given the run around for MONTHS with misdiagnosis. Not 1 vet listened to me when I said he couldn’t open his mouth. One vet even told me the weight loss had to be cancer! Please Please Please always get a second opinion and follow your heart and instinct. We wasted so much time, time that could have been spent treating the real issue.
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