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Old February 7th, 2003, 10:51 AM
markcain markcain is offline
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jaw injury? symptoms: yawing and chattering.....

6 year old toy poodle Mo.
my dog began to yawn excessively, then seems to chew his cud like a cow, move the jaw in such a manner that it appears as if he wants to dislodge something from his back molars. this occurs on both sides of his jaw. he then closes his mouth with the lower jay coming together yet 'shutters to a close ' with 2-3 little twitching movements. the distance the jaw moves during these twitches is no more than 0.5 mm noticeably but only barely.
rather alarming is his tendency to at the same time shudder his head almost as if having a convulsion as he uses his paws in an attempt to dislodge some foreign material from his mouth. he inserts his paws into his mouth at these moments then moves his head from side to side.

he does lick his paws a lot, and licks his fur so i initially thought it was some fur caught in his throat. yet now it could possibly be that he has injured or off-set his tmj. maybe he hur this jaw when he was eating something too hard for him.
if this is the case, then how to treat it? it does look as if he is trying to reset his jaw.

anyone see anything like this before.?
any help?
mark cain.
markcain@hotmail.com
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