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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,