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What is Lockjaw?

A dog suffering from a locked jaw will be in obvious discomfort. Depending on the cause, there could be swelling and pain. In some cases, pets develop an atrophy of muscles and are unable to eat properly resulting in further complications. Many canines will not show signs of the various lockjaw conditions until there is evidence of a problem like visible pain, a shift in the bones, or paralysis to the jaw. Diagnosing the condition will place importance on the underlying cause for the lockjaw. The prognosis will depend on whether the lockjaw can be resolved; important factors are age, seriousness of the condition, and present health condition of your pet. There is no age, sex or breed predisposition though adult dogs seem to be affected more often.

A canine who has lockjaw has the inability to completely open or close his mouth. Illness, arthritis, tetanus and neurological disorders are just a few reasons why a dog may have this condition.

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Symptoms of Lockjaw in Dogs

There are many symptoms associated with the condition of lockjaw which can be secondary in nature. If your pet has any of the symptoms below or seems to have jaw discomfort, consult the veterinarian without delay.

  • Abnormal facial expression
  • Paralysis of facial expression
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Dehydration
  • Salivation
  • Inability or difficulty with opening the jaw
  • Inability to close the jaw
  • Masticatory muscle atrophy (may display as weakness when chewing or biting)
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Jawbone shift (may only be evident upon veterinarian examination)

Causes of Lockjaw in Dogs

The condition of lockjaw can become debilitating in some instances. The inability to open or close the jaw can become progressive in nature, worsening in time. Some forms of the condition can have a regression of sorts, but relapse is very common.

  • Temporomandibular joint ankylosis - immobility and consolidation of the joint cause this painful condition which can lead to total inability to open the mouth
  • Temporomandibular joint luxation and dysplasia - abnormal separation in the joint
  • Trigeminal nerve paralysis - results in the inability to close the mouth causing difficulty in eating and drinking
  • Masticatory muscle myositis - swollen muscles create a difficulty in opening the jaw; this is an immune-mediated disorder
  • Neoplasia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tetanus
  • Systemic disorder like hypoadrenocorticism
  • Severe ear disease
  • Horner’s syndrome - this is a neurological disorder
  • Retrobulbar abscess - this is a canine ocular disease
  • Trauma to the mandibular bones
  • Central neurological lesions

Diagnosis of Lockjaw in Dogs

Your veterinarian will begin the diagnostic process with a physical examination. Although care will be taken, physical manipulation to the jaw could cause pain for your pet. Of course, force will not be used, but the analysis of movement may be needed to determine the extent and type of lockjaw. Your pet could also be experiencing pain with the oral mucosa, teeth, ears or tongue that you may not be aware of.

Blood tests will be done and could show increased levels of muscle enzymes, the presence of autoantibodies which can change muscle fibers, or give an indication of tetanus. Underlying illnesses or malignant disease can also be evident after blood analysis. 

Further diagnostic tools can be radiographs, CT scan, and MRI of the skull and jaw. Electromyography is an additional test which is helpful in seeing how well the jaw and face muscles are performing normal functions. A biopsy can show the extent of fibrosis and muscle atrophy.

Treatment of Lockjaw in Dogs

Whether the condition can be resolved depends on the cause; the range of success is quite variable.

As examples, surgical intervention, in the form of a resectioning of the bone, is the usual necessary treatment for temporomandibular ankylosis. Tetanus treatment is approached with antitoxins and antibiotics. Masticatory muscle myositis responds to immunosuppressive doses of corticosteroids to which the response is good, but it must be noted that your pet may need lifelong therapy, albeit in the lowest dose possible in order to avoid relapse.

Treating an underlying illness like severe ear disease can hasten the recovery of the lockjaw. Medication for a systemic ailment, such as hypoadrenocorticism will aid in the recovery too, keeping in mind that a systemic disease will need continual medication and monitoring. In general, the prognosis for lockjaw is good; however, if muscle atrophy is extensive (because of complications like fibrous muscle) the outlook can be guarded due to difficulties for your pet like eating and drinking. In addition, causes like a tumor or a severe trauma may have a less positive outcome.

Recovery of Lockjaw in Dogs

In the case of mandibular muscle myositis , part of the treatment for your pet may have involved a procedure of gradually opening the mouth. With trigeminal nerve paralysis, the opposite is the case, and the therapy may be aimed at getting the mouth to close properly. In either case, nutrition and hydration are key needs that your canine companion will have difficulties with as he recovers or manages with this disorder. 

This being said, you will need to change your method of feeding him, whether this be temporary or permanent. A gruel type food could be needed, one that he can lap up and not need to chew. In some cases, a large rodent water bottle will work as the best drinking apparatus for your dog.

Lockjaw Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Bella
Indian pariah
3 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Pain
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Muscle relaxants, xenex

Hi,
My dog - Bella, is 2.5 years old. She has been fighting distemper for the last 4 months. When she reached the neurological stage, she got paralysed and her jaw got locked. She's improving slowly, now she can sit on her own and crawl a bit. Her locked jaw seems to persist. She's having trouble eating. The jaw is shut tight. Her tongue comes out and she pulls in soft food, through her teeth. I have been feeding her raw minced chicken. None of the vets can treat her locked jaw, so far. Is there anything that can be done?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Distemper can be a terrible disease for dogs to recover from, and each dog may have different signs. If her jaw is secondary to the disease, there may be no treatment for that, other than to give her time and monitor for recovery. Until then, she will need to continue to be fed soft food so that she can eat.

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Izzie
Rat Terrier
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

lockjaw
Weakness in back legs
Lethargy

Medication Used

Clindamycin Hydrochloride
prednisone

My dog has has a problem with lockjaw over the last month or so. We have taken her to 3 different vets and spent a good amount of money to diagnose the problem, but still don't have answers. She is a 8 month old rat terrier mix. She has trouble opening her jaw, but can get it open enough to eat canned foods and drink. She also has weakness in her back legs. We took her to a neurologist as recommended by our vet, and they ran some sort of creatine level test on her and the numbers came back too high to be MMM. We've heard them toss around the possibility of tetanus as a cause for this but since she doesn't have an abundant of symptoms for it, they have ruled it out. Is it possible that Tetanus could be the underlying cause for the problems she is experiencing?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Izzie or knowing more about her condition, I can't comment on whether Tetanus may be the cause of her signs, but if you have a veterinary team that believes it is not the cause, you should probably trust them in that, as they can see her and examine her. Your neurologist will continue to try and find the cause for her condition. I hope that she recovers well.

My puppy suddenly started vomiting, and from then he is not eating. Even not opening his mouth.
He is 2.5 month old,
I had visited local vet,he has suggstd to give "Neopeptine" and "mucaine gel" but still no progress.
Please help.

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Marko
Shepard mix
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

jaw locking up

Hi my dog's jaw sometimes locks up when he yawns. I took him to the vet and they are doing a CT scan on him. They also want a Muscle Enzyme test done, even though he doesn't have any symptoms except the yawning. He does however have an underbite, which they depending on the CT scan want to pull his K-9's and incisors from his lower jaw. Is all this really necessary? They gave him rimadyl 100mg 1/2 tablet twice a day and that helps until he is about due for the next dose.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Marko it is difficult to determine the severity of the jaw locking or to identify a cause, I would be certainly trying to manipulate the jaw to see if there is any laxity in the joint but this can be difficult since the muscles and the dog’s reluctance can make this difficult. I wouldn’t think it is an enzyme issue if the problem occurs only when yawning but again, without examining him I cannot say for sure; if you have concerns, visit another Veterinarian before the CT scan to get their opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spark
Indian pariah
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

My dog can't open its mouth

My dog is suffering from jaw lock.. Actually he was pulled by his belt by me very hardly, while consulting the vet, it cant able to eat and drink.. Wilit recover? How many days it take to recover?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without knowing more about the extent of Spark's injuries, I have a hard time commenting on how long he will take to recover. It would be best to ask your veterinarian, who has seen him and knows more about his injuries, to give you an idea as to how well he is going to do, and how long it might take. If he isn't eating or drinking, he may need more supportive care by your veterinarian, or a slurry of food that he can lap up. I hope that he does okay.

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6 week old puppy
Pit Bullmastiff
6 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hi, my puppy is 6 weeks old and is having immense trouble closing his jaw after yawning. It looks like it is dislocated or locked open, he shakes his head and uses his paw to try and unlock it to close it, all while whimpering. I know this is causing him discomfort. It exhausts him and he tends to rest after doing it 3+ times.
He is feeding really well and acts like a typical puppy besides his jaw locking. I’ve only had him for 2 days and the breeder never mentioned anything. I’m very concerned and have fallen in love with him. Any advice would be greatly appreciated please.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. The best thing to do for your new puppy would be to have him examined by his veterinarian. He may have a congenital problem with his jaw, or temporomandublar joint (TMJ). Because it seems to cause him some distress, it should be addressed. Without examining him, I'm not sure what may be causing the abnormality, but it would be something that you may need to follow up with the breeder about once you have had your veterinarian look at him, as they will want to know if he has any problems.

Thank you for your response. A funny thing happened, the next day, Christmas day to be exact, he stopped locking completely and he hasn't done it since! He can yawn perfectly fine now without any trouble at all! So he has been in the clear for over a week. I don't know if this was a Christmas miracle, however I like to think of it as a Christmas blessing for my little guy.
Thank you once again for being so quick with your reply. Have a wonderful New Year!!!
Sharleen xx

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Molly
Maltese
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking
Loss of Appetite
Tired
Jaw Clenched
Stuck Tongue

My dogs tongue is stuck out of her mouth, she is a 10 year old Maltese. She is also scratching at her mouth as if there's something stuck in there. She is finding it difficult to open her mouth and also does a shaky thing with her mouth that makes a weird noise every now and then.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Molly. She should see her veterinarian today to determine whether she has something stuck in her mouth or has had an injury of some type to her jaw. She may need sedation for your vet to examine her mouth fully. I hope that she is okay!

I have 2 dogs one8 yrs other 3 both started this smacking grinding they're teeth tonight

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Kalu
Mixed
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Twitching

My dog age 9 years suffering from canine distemper today unable to open his mouth.
And unable to eat but he want to eat and drink but unable to open his mouth...twitching whenever want to open
Doc says make him drink at least 1-2 litres
How to make him drink water

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases, the best way to get Kalu hydrated is either with fluids administered intravenously or under the skin, otherwise you can try to syringe fluids into the mouth slowly (very slowly) but this can be risky if there is paralysis of the throat. Try getting some water on your fingers and letting him lick it off as this may help too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lady
Yorkie poo
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

We have a 3 year old Yorkie Poo, Lady, today she was unable to eat and can hardly drink anything, she acts as if she is gagging on something, and its like she keeps trying to throw up and cant. She has been sleeping most of the day and not active at all and this is not her normal. I have given her water by syringe and tried to feed her, she wants to eat but its like she cant do so, what could be the problem??????

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Lady is gagging on something it may be that she has something stuck in her throat which is causing irritation, pain and making it difficult to open the mouth; other causes may include inflammation of the pharynx, masticatory muscle myositis (wouldn’t explain the gagging), temporomandibular joint disorders (again wouldn’t explain the gagging) among other disorders. It is important to make sure that Lady remains hydrated, but if she isn’t drinking or is in pain you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diesel
Boxer Shepherd
6 yrs
Serious condition
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Serious condition

How do I treat him on my own. His eyes r sinking in. One eye is smaller than the other his mouth doesn't want to open his appetite is gone and he is losing weight. Also he lost his toenail and he has been losing weight since then.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends on the cause of the lockjaw; the cause may be due to masticatory muscle myositis, temporomandibular joint ankylosis, infections among other causes. If the cause is masticatory muscle myositis the treatment would be immunosuppressive therapy with corticosteroids which you would need to get from your Veterinarian. Not everything can be treated at home - over the counter. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lila
Labrador
2 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lockjaw
Puffy eye
Mouth Salivation

Lila yips and shys away if we try to open her mouth. Hard to eat dry food. Doesn't want to fetch balls anymore. Half yawns. We saw a vet a week ago and she was feeling a little better on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories but now for some reason she is as bad as day 1 again. He wants to sedate her to look in mouth. Shouldn't we do a blood test first or something? What are our next best steps in determining cause?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few causes for an inability to open the jaw which include dental disorders, temporomandibular joint disorders, masticatory muscle myositis, trauma among other conditions. An examination of the oral cavity is a basic step in any examination and should be done in cases like this, a blood test would most likely be unrewarding and an x-ray may show some oral or mandibular pathology. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/masticatory-muscle-myositis

Lila was back to normal a few weeks later. Now it is 6 months later and I am seeing the very same issue tonight! Of the possibilities, which is more likely since it has reoccurred? No eye swelling this time, just inability to open mouth and back legs shaking I assume in fear. Last time, vet did mouth exam while sedated, blood panel and full x-rays. No cause determined. Help! Thoughts?

Lila was back to normal a few weeks later. Now it is 6 months later and I am seeing the very same issue tonight! Of the possibilities, which is more likely since it has reoccurred? No eye swelling this time, just inability to open mouth and back legs shaking I assume in fear. Last time, vet did exam while sedated, blood panel and full x-rays. No cause determined. Help! Thoughts?

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Rocky
German Shepherd Dog
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog has been acting strange recently. Hes been salivating a lot more. I suppose something is wrong wih his jaw. He's unable to close it completely and it is hard for him to bite or eat food. Is it possible that he has lockjaw or any other problem?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be possible that Rocky has some dental disorder, a foreign object, temporomandibular disorders or masticatory muscle myositis among other issues; without examining Rocky I cannot say what the underlying cause is so a visit to your Veterinarian would be needed to confirm a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog age 8 yes suffering from canine distemper unable to open his mouth wanted to drink and eat but unable to open his mouth .
What to do ?

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Lily
Jack Russell Terrier
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

lockjaw
Foaming/ Drooling

My girl Lily can't open her mouth. I was in a car accident recently and left lily in my fathers care while I recovered. I got her yesterday and noticed she can't open her mouth. My dad has another dog and he obviously wasn't paying much attention to lily. He said she had been eating very messy. She was trying to suck the food through her mouth. I thought maybe she had something stuck in her throat and when I tried to open her mouth to look she wimbered and would not let me. I immediately took her to the emergency vet clinic my cousin works at. She ran x-rays on Lily and found nothing lodged in her mouth. It turns out Lily has a rare disease called Masticatory Myositis. My cousin said she's only seen one other case since she's been practicing veterinary medicine. She gave lily some type of shot and told me lily would hopefully respond to the medicine and be able to open her mouth a little by morning. Unfortunately this morning Lily couldn't open her mouth. I gave her chicken broth which she tried to suck up with little success. I don't want her starving and in pain and especially dehydrated. My cousin said she can give Lily fluids but my question is at this point would it be best to euthanize her? It breaks my heart into a million pieces but I don't wanna see my baby in pain and she has lived a good 12 years.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Masticatory myositis when treated promptly has a good prognosis, the problem is when the condition becomes chronic scarring can occur in the muscle leaving treatment ineffective and the prognosis poor. It would be worth giving Lily sometime to respond to treatment as it may have been going on for a while; a muscle biopsy of the masseter muscle will show the level of scar tissue and can give a good indication of a prognosis. Treatment with prednisone is usually for a few weeks, but in severe cases six months or more of treatment may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/masticatory-muscle-myositis

My 5 year old Hanavese started obsessively licking her feet. her vet examined her and she said everything was normal but she prescribed some antibiotics and anti yeast infection spray. we put a cone on her during using the medication as her vet ordered. then she started licking her cone. Any time we stop her from licking her jaw starts shaking. what could be her problem?

That breaks my heart! I pray Lily is better. Just lost my Jack Russell, Sassy.

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Bella
Scottish Terrier
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

Carprofen 25mg
Motazol
Clavamox 375mg

A month ago today, my 12 year old Scotty was hit by a car. She survived with the loss of one eye, and abrasions to her ear and nose. She has recovered fine from the loss of the eye, but about a week ago, her jaw wont open any more than about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch. She can open and close fine, but only to that limit. The vet treated her for inflammation and another antiobitic. Its been a week and its still the same. The ER vet and the vet that did the surgery did not xray her head. Shes happy, silly and back to her old self, just cant open her mouth wide. Could this be lockjaw? Or possibly a fracture that healed and last Tuesday decided to lock that limit of mobility? If its lockjaw it will pass in a few weeks right? The accident was 08-20-17. She does whine occasionly out of the blue.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes which may include temporomandibular joint disorders, nerve damage (from the trauma), inflammation of the masseter muscles among other causes. Given the recent history of trauma, it would be advised to return to your Veterinarian to determine the specific cause and to see if treatment is required or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I made an appt for today :) Thank you!

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Rufus
schnauzer
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I have a 9 yo. Schnauzer who as of yesterday started having problems. I noticed that when he tried to drink water he would whine. I saw that he couldn't open his mouth and his bottom jaw was spasing. It didn't quiver, it would just barely open and shut every couple of seconds. When I would try to open it he would start to cry. His left eye also goops up every couple of days and he is always scratching. He has bad skin. No fleas or anything like that. I don't know his history because he was given to me through a third party. This is really worrying me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few causes for a dog to have difficulty opening its mouth; these may include masticatory muscle myositis, temporomandibular joint disorders, foreign objects among other causes. It is important to have Rufus checked by a Veterinarian since masticatory muscle myositis is treated with corticosteroids to suppress the immune system. Without examining Rufus, I cannot tell you the exact cause but it is important to get treatment to ensure that he was eat and drink comfortably. Other issues like itching and bad skin can also be seen by the Veterinarian at the same time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/masticatory-muscle-myositis

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Bane
Treeing Walker Coonhound
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lazy behavior
Not Eating
Drooling

My dog lost wieght bc it was a little hot and he wouldnt eat normal for him i might add it cooled down a few days he started eating gaining wieght back on. It started warming up and he wont eat dog food and hes having a hard time drinking water. Ive owned show quality dogs for 10 years so i decided to see if he would eat sandwich roast beef he did but he didnt chew at all. He has an appetite and he wants water but he just wont eat and has a very hard time drinking. All he does is lay around which isnt normal for him at all. I dont have money for vet bills, i plan on feeding his more meat and giving him water with a syringe and hope i can gwt him strong enough to eat again. I have some left over antibiotics from past abscess' for him what kind of antibiotics work for this case? (FYI he went from 80lbs to 30lbs)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot recommend any specific antibiotic (or other prescription medicines) as I haven’t examined Bane and there are many possible causes for a loss of appetite which are not infectious causes like: dental disorders, masticatory muscle myositis, temporomandibular joint disorders, esophageal disorders among other causes. I understand that veterinary bills may become high, but a diagnosis would help to direct treatment in the right direction instead of blindly giving some antibiotics because you have some laying around. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My boxer can open her mouth at times but most of the time i have to pry it open to give her fluids with a syringe. I have to pry her mouth open to feed her yogurt and small pieced of can dog food. She is not eating on her own. She will at least once a day drink water out of a bowl in front of her. She almost died the first vet didnt have a clue. I took her to a second vet and she saidher back was in alot of pain. Gave her muscle relaxers and pain pills. I give her fluids every few hours round the clock. Get as much dog food pedialyte low fat yogurt in her as posible. Whatever the problem lock jaw or an injured jaw this is a result of my 5 month pit bull puppy and her fighting. They werent hurting each other but they were playing rough. Cali my 9 year old boxer never fought before in her life. Im looking for some help on what to do. Im positive her jaw is either injured or locked. She can open her jaw some when she wants to. I think shes in a great deal of pain. I want to save her life. Please help.

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Bruno
King Shepherd
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Salivation
Dry Mouth
Grinding Teeth

My dog Bruno, randomly throughout the day, has been clamping his mouth shut. It seems like he is unable to open it for a few seconds and then he's fine again. Sometimes his lips curl up and his tongue pokes out. We have felt the inside of his mouth and the sides of his face, but he doesn't react to pain. When his mouth his closed, there is a crunching sound coming from inside, like he's grinding his teeth together. His mouth shutting usually happens after the grinding occurs. Took him to the vet but they couldn't get him to open his mouth, so they just gave him some pain killers and antibiotics. He also has a history of ear infections and dizziness. I'm worried about him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some conditions will result in the jaw being continuously closed and others will result in short episodes of the jaw clamping together; certain conditions like temporomandibular joint dislocation or ankylosis may be the cause or nerve injury causing spasms. Without examining Bruno and possibly taking an x-ray of his mouth, I couldn’t tell you the cause; more investigation would be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Raffa
Chow chow
6 Months
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures

My raffa is a victim of vet's malpractice here in the philippines. She has diarrhea and her vet prescribed her animycin suspension with 15 ml twice a day. At the first day of treatment she was scratching her face and we thought it was just a flea or tick. On the second day, as she woke up sneezing while shaking her body. Then when i came home from work i noticed she was having a seizure. So we took her to her vet and he stop the medication of diarrhea. And prescribed her to take diazepam to make control her seizure. It is a chronic seizure. But we did not gave her that pill cause i want a 2nd opinion from different vet. A friend of a friend, a vet in manila asked us through phone call to have her dextrose and laboratory. But sad to say we are in a small island and it take 4 hours to travel by a ferry boat to reach the city and aside from that we have a financial problem. So we could not afford her for laboratory. So we seek another vet's advice here in town (there are two vets here) and he advice me to give dog a vitamins and more water. She can't even walk and if she move her back feet she will start her seizures so i would hold her legs to make her it stop. She can't eat anymore cause her mouth was affected too) so we giving her water with dextrose powder, vitamin and honey. Will she able to walk again? Is her seizures curable? What natural ways is best for her without taking taking drugs?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases like this it isn’t possible to say whether Raffa will recover from this. The treatment you can offer to her would be purely supportive and symptomatic whilst she works her way through the illness. Fluids, vitamins, antibiotics and seizure control would be required along with regular monitoring. Natural medicines, wouldn’t really play a part here as the treatment is supportive rather than aggressive. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Must be a mistake as this is not my dog. Gus is a four year old Cane Corso with a lock jaw problem, please re-comment.

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Toby
American Pit Bull Terrier
1 Year
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lockedjaws
Loss of Balance
Shaking

Hi... My dog has this problem, he got sick of canine parainfluenza( or at least that's what the vet said) we treated him with umbrycine because he had all the symptoms of influenza( loss of appetite,runny nose, fever etc). He eventually recover from it... But now he started to have problems walking... He can't walk properly, he loses balance when he walks and sometimes he can't hold himself up and he falls.
Now it's kind of obvious that it was distemper, and not influenza what my dog had.... My question is, if I still can save him because, like I said before, he also has this lockjaw problem, I have to open his mouth for him so he can eat... He doesn't seem too bad at all,but I'm worried because if he can't open his mouth, he wont be able to eat and drink water, and I'm also fear that the problem might get worse.. Please help me I will do anything I can to save him, I just wanna know if He can recover...
Pardon my English, I hope I made myself as clearer as possible.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Toby has distemper (would need to be confirmed), treatment is symptomatic and supportive; the paralysis and lockjaw (you would see twitching of the cheek muscles) would be consistent with distemper. Treatment consisting of fluids, antibiotics, pain medication and anticonvulsants maybe used in the management of the condition; the treatment timeline maybe long and will require dedicated nursing care. Speak with your Veterinarian about confirming the diagnosis and checking hydration status etc… Unfortunately without examining Toby, I cannot give you a prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Aly
Cockapoo
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

My sisters dog past away last night and the only symptom that she even noticed was lockjaw. Was wondering if this was a sign of another reason for her passing?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sorry to hear about the passing of Aly. Lockjaw is a symptom of disease usually associated with a tetanus infection but tetanus infections are rare occurrences in dogs. However, there are other conditions that list lockjaw as a symptom: central nervous system disorders (which may explain the shaking symptom), immune mediated conditions, trauma, tumours and systemic diseases. It is possible that the lockjaw was an initial symptom of a different condition. Without a clinical examination I am unable to comment further on the reason for Aly’s passing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sadie
English Springer Spaniel
@ 1 years of age
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

It is small and hurting :l

My dog won't open her mouth all the way for anything! It's been happening for about three days. My parents think I am overreacting. Sadie won't even get her ball which she always has. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The inability to open the mouth may be attributable to masticatory muscle myositis, temporomandibular ankylosis, trauma, nerve damage and other causes; the underlying cause would need to be established as each cause requires different treatment which would require a prescription or surgery from your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/masticatory-muscle-myositis

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Rescue
Bird dog
Puppy
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle soreness
Malnourished
Lockedjaws
Lock jaw

What do we do with this dog? Found with servere tick and flea problem, lifted stomach, lockjaw, malnourised. We found the dog barley able to walk,gave it a tick and flea bath, it won't drink or eat and isn't moving a lot.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a dog not being able to open its mouth which include trauma, masticatory myositis, neurological problems, toxins, ear infections, temporomandibular joint problems etc… at this point it would be best to get the pup examined by a Veterinarian especially if it is in a poor state. Until then, try to encourage drinking with a syringe with either water or puppy milk; but make sure the pup can swallow to make sure that there isn’t a risk of aspiration pneumonia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Havanese
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

Medication Used

Antibiotics

My 5 year old Hanavese started obsessively licking her feet. her vet examined her and she said everything was normal but she prescribed some antibiotics and anti yeast infection spray. we put a cone on her during using the medication as her vet ordered. then she started licking her cone. Any time we stop her from licking her jaw starts shaking. what could be her problem?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Excessive licking may just be a behavioural issue or may be due to another condition (or allergies). If your Veterinarian has said that everything is normal it may just be behavioural which you need to control; otherwise you need to speak more with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gus
Cane Corso
4
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

jaw locking

I have a four year old Cane Corso male dog. He is a great dog however he shows symptoms of a locking jaw which he seems to be able to close after a minute or so. Is there anything I can do to ease his problem? He has a very small overbite which may be adding to this problem.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few reasons why Gus may be showing signs of his jaw locking including masticatory myositis, temporomandibular joint ankylosis or dislocation. It would be best to have your Veterinarian have a looks so that the treatment is directed effectively as each cause has a different treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Dr. Turner, I asked the question as we spend eight months with him in Belize and then back to Minnesota. Our Vet here and in the States are aware of his problem and it will be addressed when we return in about a month. I appreciate your input and will proceed to address the problem as soon as we return.

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Cooper
American Foxhound
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Mouth Salivation,

My dog has become very weak, he won't eat, lays down constantly, and his mouth is full of water. When we went to feed him out of our hands, we tried to put a couple of pieces in his mouth and his mouth would not open. What could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for weakness, recumbency and inability to open the mouth including infections, toxins, poisoning, neurological conditions, musculoskeletal conditions or autoimmune disease. Please take Cooper to your Veterinarian for fluids etc… and for a physical examination and tests. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Have you gotten any answers? My 11yr old cocker spaniel has the same symptoms and noone can tell me what to do or what it is. Hes going to die soon

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Baby
Indian breed
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lockedjaws

Medication Used

pain killer and antibiotic

A 5 day old puppy met with an accident,then its mouth got opened completely , doctors did nothing as it was a small puppy.they suggested me to keep a rubber band for 4_5 hours a day so that mouth will get closed,so I did it and taken care of it by feeding her with milk by syringe..But her jaws got no moment it was completely closed ,but I went on feeding her by syringe only, when it was growing I was very difficult me to feed her as her bcz her teeth got growing when it tried to suck the milk her tongue got cut by the teeth and got bleeding.i went to clinic doctor Corey opens her mouth but keeping cloth piece on upper n lower jaw and opend.it was very painful for puppy,it was just 2 months old..after that within 15 days again jaws starts getting closer, so again went to clinic but dctr said that we can't do anything..
NW it was feeding only on liquid food..It has willpower and it is very brave puppy.
Now it is 5months old ..
Please suggest me at kind of problem she have, and what would be the better treatment for her.
I have visited 4 veterinary surgeons,but they did nthg .So iam very much worried about her.
Plzz give me reply

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Has an x-ray been done of Baby’s jaw? It is important to establish if the issue is with the temporomandibular joint, the jaw muscles or the nerve supply to the muscles. The first step I would take is to determine the integrity of the jawbone and the joint; if the joint and jawbone are normal, treatment for masticatory myositis maybe attempted to see if it helps (steroid treatment may not be suitable for Baby at her age), although the cause of masticatory myositis is unknown the trauma may have precipitated the condition. Otherwise, I am unable to suggest any other condition which maybe causing the locking of her jaws. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/myositis

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Nemo
Siberian Husky
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Jaw getting stuck open

My Siberian Husky has been getting his jaw stuck open when he yawns. He wiggles his head around and his jaw clicks audibly and then he can close it again. He continues to eat well and drink without problems so far. I noticed him yawing kind of strangely but he just started getting stuck open today. Where should we go from here?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for the jaw locking open; with the shaking and the audible click, I would suspect that Nemo's temporomandibular joint is becoming dislocated or has an anomaly that is causing his jaw to remain open. This is something to discuss during a visit to your Veterinarian as there are many potential causes from neurological problems, muscle weakness and bone deformities; a physical examination and an x-ray would be valuable to determining the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Beagle
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Red Paws
Laziness
Mouth Stiffness
Itchy Mouth
Loss of Appetite

My beagle crossed wirehaired terrier does not want to open her mouth. She scratches her mouth against the furniture and with her paws, her one paw is also red and swollen. Se does not have an appetite and when she does, she struggles to eat her food. Can this be a symptom of tetanus?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms you describe may be due to a few different conditions including tetanus, masticatory muscle myositis or problems with the temporomandibular joint. Her paw may be a separate condition or may have been caused when repeatedly pawing at her mouth. Without examining Bella, it would be impossible for me to suggest the primary cause. Your Veterinarian would be able to examine Bella and to prescribe treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi my name is Mary I have A dog Named Lucky, hes a 4 year old Chihuahua. Sometimes whe he barks he seems to be having some kind of jaw discomfort, he does eat and drink fine. What can these be.

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Bruno
Boxer
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

Medication Used

Metacam

My 5 year old boxer yelps whenever he's eating or yawning. What could be the causes?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Bruno is exhibiting pain when he moves his jaw (eating or yawning) it is possible that he has a Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (the jaw joint) or Masticatory Myositis (immune mediated inflammation of the cheek muscles). A simple physical examination and blood test (for the Masticatory Myositis) would be able to determine the cause and for your Veterinarian to prescribe treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocket
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

My golden retriever seems to scratch a d chew himself til he is raw. Mostly above his tail and on his legs. He doesn't have fleas and this same thing happened with him last summer. During winter months his coat is.full and shiny. I ve recently noticed he may have lockjaw, he was fetching a tennis ball but could not.open his mouth to pick it up. Cojld.these be related?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. It sounds like the cause of the itching is Atopic Dermatitis (this would need to be confirmed by your Veterinarian as I haven’t examined Rocket), the lockjaw symptom you described is probably unrelated. Atopic Dermatitis is an inflammatory chronic skin condition caused by allergies; food allergies, environmental allergens (pollen, dust) and others. The time of year of the itching would tie in to pollen being the allergen (an intradermal skin test would confirm this). The lockjaw may be caused by trauma, autoimmune, otitis, nerve disorders or infection; again when visiting your Veterinarian about the itching, a full physical examination would be carried out to determine the cause of the lockjaw if present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My brothers pitbull had tetnis and survived. The problem he has now is the dog is aggressive for no reason sometimes. Is it possible the dog has brain damage that causes this? He has young kids and the dog has attacked the other dog they have , my dog and just went after him

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