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A rare neuromuscular disease most often found in humans is now turning up in dogs, veterinarians say. 

Two-year-old Goldendoodle Joy is a burst of happiness and personality and her owners, Lois and Ed Rinehimer, absolutely adore her .

"Joy is Joy she fits her name perfectly,” Lois says.

Just a year ago, Joy was not able to get around as much because of a disease called Myasthenia Gravis (MG). Dr. Catherine Crook with Charleston Veterinary Referral Center diagnosed Joy with the disease, which effects the nervous system in about 1 in 1000 dogs.

Charleston Veterinary Referral Center's Neurologist, Dr. Katherine Crook, was featured on The Pet Place Radio segment.  She was interviewed about an uncommon disease called Myasthenia Gravis, which affects both dogs and people causing musculoskeletal abnormalities.   Dr. Crook discussed the disease process including; clinical signs, breed predilections, diagnostics and treatments.  Also on the radio show were the pet parents of a dog named Joy, who suffered from this affliction and was diagnosed and treated by Dr. Crook.  Please take a listen to learn about this interesting disease process. 

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Charleston Veterinary Referral Center is excited to announce that Dr. Katherine Crook, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) is now on staff and available for consultations.

Katherine earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, magna cum laude. She then completed a one-year rotating internship and a one-year neurology internship. She went on to finish a three-year residency in Neurology/Neurosurgery at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Crook joins CVRC following a position as lead neurologist at a referral surgery and neurology practice in Virginia.

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