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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-10-2007, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Jaw Problem

Over the weekend, Casper started having a jaw problem. The joint clicks and clatters. I took him to the vet yesterday. Here is what the doctor wrote:

Casper is unable to close his jaw completely. Examination under sedation/anesthesia and CT scan may be advised, as a first step.

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysplasia is the #1 diffential diagnosis. Other possibilities include "lion jaw" or caniomandibular osteopathy, traumatic luxation/subluxation (dislocation of his mandible or MMM masticatory muscle myositis. At this time MMM and lion jaw are not considered likely.

He has him on soft foods and administration of Metacam.

Does anyone have or have had any similar problems? It is terrible when I get him up in the morning and the house is quiet, and that is what I hear, his jaw making clattering noises. He seems fine otherwise, he eats, plays, humps, lol,
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I haven't heard of this.I am really sorry to hear about Casper.Please know we are thinking of him and wishing you both the best...

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Thank you Julie. The vet did say that it is not an inherent problems with Havanese. Hopefully, the soft food and medicine will make a difference.
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Well - as long as he is still humping he must be fine!! Maybe it is just TMJ or something like that. I have that myself, when I close my mouth my jaw cracks. it drives my family crazy. Thats probably why we are such a loud family at the dinner table, they are trying to drown me out!
Did he bite or chew on anything really hard that could have just popped his jaw out?? Poor baby.
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That's what I was thinking, also. Maybe he bit on something too hard. Or maybe just in playing, he banged into something. I know Shelby is wild and she is always banging into things when she is running around. Poor Casper


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Yes, Casper is always running into things. He will plow right into the coffee table or we have a post in the family room that he always runs into. I remember one time I told hubby that Casper pulled a Sonny Bono .
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Jaw problem

That sounds a lot like a problem I had with one of my cats a couple of years ago! She used to sit right in front of any door I went through and closed, waiting for me to come out, I didn't know she was there once and opened the door, smacked her in the mouth with it and dis-located her jaw! Poor thing, she couldn't close her mouth all the way and it made clicking noises!
My Vet gave her a mild sedative, put a small dowel rod behind the last molars in her mouth and "popped" her jaw back into place!
I would think about talking to a Chiropractor, or a different vet about it!
Drugs are only going to cover symptoms, not fix the problem!
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Thanks Marti for your reply. I do go back to the vet in a few days and I will discuss this further with him.
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Wow, poor Casper! I haven't heard of this problem, so no help here. Please let us know what the vet says/does. Good luck!




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I am so sorry to hear about Casper, poor baby. I agree with Marti, talk to you vet and maybe all he needs is to have his jaw popped back into place.
Please keep us posted.

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