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Teeth chattering?

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Teeth chattering?

Post  Renee on 1/27/2012, 12:07 pm

I have noticed over the last week or so, my girl pug Tobey has been chattering her teeth. She doesn't do it all the time, and she has never done it before, but I see her every now and then chattering them. It is weird. I don't know what it to make of it.

She had a dental about 6 months ago and even thought she lost 10 teeth, her mouth seems okay. I don't think it is from cold, because she is inside when she does this, and its not like she was just outside.

Any thoughts? Am I too observant?

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Re: Teeth chattering?

Post  northernwitch on 1/27/2012, 12:26 pm

Renee:
Here's a bit of a blurb on teeth chattering in dogs. I've only ever seen it in intact males when around a female in heat. But here's what I found on it:

About Teeth Chattering in Dogs




Chattering teeth in dogs is often just because they're cold.

There are many reasons why a
dog or a puppy will chatter its teeth. The most obvious reason is that
it's cold. But dogs and puppies often chatter their teeth and sometimes
shiver even when the weather is mild or downright hot. This can be due
to behavioral or medical reasons.

Seizure Disorder


According to "Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook," sudden, inexplicable, short bouts of teeth chattering could be a sign of focal motor seizures, also called partial seizures. The dog stays conscious and only has one part of the body go into spasms, such as the lower jaw.

Size


Small, thin-skinned dogs like smooth-haired Chihuahuas, Jack Russells and Italian greyhounds will shiver and chatter their teeth when they are nervous. According to veterinarian Mike Richards, it is not known exactly why these small breeds shake and chatter their teeth when nervous or excited. Unless thedog's coordination or vision is affected, the dog does not need to go to the vet.

Breeds

A neurological disorder called multisytem neuronal degeneration has been discovered in young Cocker Spaniels, although veterinarian Mike Richards claims it can happen to other breeds. White dog breeds such as West Highland white terriers, theMaltese and the Bichon Frise are subject to white dog shaker syndrome. Both of these disorders need veterinary care and possibly anticonvulsantmedications.

Significance

Even if the dog is chattering its teeth out of habit, exposure to cold or does not seem to be in pain,regularly check the teeth for breaks, cracks, gum disease and cavities.Teeth chattering can put excessive wear and tear on the dog's teeth that could damage them.

Excitement


Dogs of all sizes and breeds will often chatter their teeth when they are very excited. This could bein anticipation of a happy event. A dog that enjoys riding in the car may chatter her teeth just before getting inside of the car. A male dog may chatter his teeth when scenting a female in heat. Dogs have also been known to chatter their teeth when in pain as perhaps a sign of fear, which is another form of excitement.

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Re: Teeth chattering?

Post  Renee on 1/27/2012, 12:36 pm

Well, I guess that leaves me with more questions than answers.

It has been damn cold in our state lately.... but, it is warm in the house, and the dogs all sleep on the couch with a heated blanket when they are inside. And, she will do it when she has been in the house for hours, not like she just came in from the cold.

Damn. I guess a little trip to the vet may be in order.

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Post  Imon on 1/27/2012, 12:43 pm

My Otto does this sometimes - has since he was a puppy. Usually it was when he was very excited or when he wanted to chew something and we took it away from him (as a puppy, he was always chewing things that were definitely not chew toys, like rocks, wooden figurines, shoes, fringes on rugs......) He would release what he'd been chewing on, but his teeth would continue to chatter.

Don't see it very much anymore, but occasionally we will. I taught him to "trade" for a treat, so now when he has something he shouldn't, we can just say "trade", reach for a cookie and he'll drop whatever he has in his mouth. Maybe that's why we don't see as much chattering.

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Re: Teeth chattering?

Post  Renee on 2/2/2012, 12:40 pm

We went to the vet. Nothing. She checked Tobey's teeth, they looked good, felt all along her jaw and a general exam. Tobey did not act in pain or anything. So, I am stumped.

She is still doing the teeth chattering / jaw trembling though. I am not seeing any other symptoms, and so far, no pattern is emerging either.

I hate the unknown.

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Re: Teeth chattering?

Post  Guest on 2/2/2012, 12:46 pm

Rupert used to do this all the time, the vet could never find anything wrong either, glad that is the case but it's always nice to have an answer.

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Re: Teeth chattering?

Post  Buddy's Mom on 2/2/2012, 3:48 pm

Oscar does it when he smells Buddy's "winky" and has always done it since we adopted him. He has also started doing it when smelling Sophie's girl parts. For him it's obviously excitement. He is neutered and has been for 2 years but he was neutered later in life, so I assume that's why. He's also my marker. Very Happy The chattering drives my hubby batty!

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