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Old 01-08-2014, 08:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We have two/1 year old pups. They are the light of our life! They go and do everything we do, including eating at outdoor restaurants, frozen yogurt places and shopping. My kids never want to be without them. Hiking, swimming, day trips to antique, beach, drive in movies, carline, grocery store, lowes, pet stores, lakes, any woods we decide to hike or walk through, eating establishments all over town, parks, agility centers, play dates, and Millie's therapy work visiting hospitals cheering up the sick.

Our female Millie, loves to grab sticks and run from miles (her fur brother)....I noticed the next day she was having a hard time yawning, the following day she could not yawn or chew without tilting her head. She could not open her mouth very much and we had to soften her food so she would not whine. We took her to the vet, they did not want to hurt her, and did not want to put her under unless absolutely needed....so they gave her strong antibiotics, and a steroid to help with the swelling and pain. The vet spoke to a specialist (this vet goes above and beyond)....and he felt it was an injury, that caused an abscess....Millie's symptoms very much sounded like what the diagnoses would match. After her first dose of meds she was communicating she wanted a treat, and was opening her mouth a little wider....by day 3 she was completely back to her old self...she was snatching toys to get miles to chase her...her favorite game with her fur brother...over the last two days....when she yawns she is tilting her head again!!! While she was recovering last time, we saw the vet 6 times just to make sure she was chewing properly and that the swelling was going down like it should. So we have no problem taking her back! I just would like to know if anyone else has experienced this??? My kids are so upset and afraid she will get sick again.
There is no swelling, no marks in her mouth or around the gums. She is eating normally, Orijen puppy formula, grain free and wonderful reviews. They love the food, their coats are so soft, silky and smooth, they barely shed....and she never has had a reaction to the food before, she has been on it since she was 2 months old...! She still has ALL of her energy to play and harass her brother. They tested for yeast In the ears, they were spotless, so no infections.
The only symptoms....she will slowly grab her chuck it balls, and when she yawn...her head tilts to one side!
Someone told us we take them to many places she could have gotten some weird Bactria or injury...that dogs should not have to go everywhere their people go. Guess that is more my girls, but the dogs never turn down the chance to get in the car. Very worried parents....she has an appointment Monday if she is not better or it gets worse, I would just like to know what topics to discuss to find a solution! This is the first time she has be hurt or sick and we are so worried. If anyone has any ideas or has seen injuries like this please let us know which direction to lead the vet in....or should I skip the normal vet and go straight to the specialist?


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never had this problem, but if this were a human, i would almost think a partial dislocation of the lower jaw occurred. i would start with your reg vet.
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she may have had some trauma to the area - like the stick being jammed or the other dog whizzing by and whacking the stick while she was holding it causing her neck to torque , so a muscle strain on one side . She may have had an abscess . Chances are she is sore .

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I had a dog that had a big bruise on his face when two dogs ran through a wooded area and he hit a poorly sawed off branch that stuck out too much from the trunk of a tree . He is totally fine .

which reminds me , maybe a cold compress on the area that is favoured.
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Second Traumeel.

While on subject of homeopathy...it's possible there is a splinter lodged deeper down in the throat.
To expel foreign objects, the homeopathic Silicea in 6C dose 4x a day for two weeks.
You may want to look for drops rather than little pills, Squirt under the tongue and give away from food and water (by about 15mins.)
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never had this problem, but if this were a human, i would almost think a partial dislocation of the lower jaw occurred. i would start with your reg vet.
Thank you for the idea...they did check her jaw...no dislocation. So we are good there! I will stick with the regular vet for now! Thanks for your advice.


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she may have had some trauma to the area - like the stick being jammed or the other dog whizzing by and whacking the stick while she was holding it causing her neck to torque , so a muscle strain on one side . She may have had an abscess . Chances are she is sore .

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I had a dog that had a big bruise on his face when two dogs ran through a wooded area and he hit a poorly sawed off branch that stuck out too much from the trunk of a tree . He is totally fine .

which reminds me , maybe a cold compress on the area that is favoured.
Thank you! I will definitely try that....the tilting is always to the same side....so it seems that will be a good start for the cold compress....:-)



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Second Traumeel.

While on subject of homeopathy...it's possible there is a splinter lodged deeper down in the throat.
To expel foreign objects, the homeopathic Silicea in 6C dose 4x a day for two weeks.
You may want to look for drops rather than little pills, Squirt under the tongue and give away from food and water (by about 15mins.)
Do you have to order that? I will start the search....we are so worried about her. Thank you for taking the time to offer your advice!


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she may have had some trauma to the area - like the stick being jammed or the other dog whizzing by and whacking the stick while she was holding it causing her neck to torque , so a muscle strain on one side . She may have had an abscess . Chances are she is sore .

Traumeel is a good safe remedy to have on hand Traumeel Home

I had a dog that had a big bruise on his face when two dogs ran through a wooded area and he hit a poorly sawed off branch that stuck out too much from the trunk of a tree . He is totally fine .

which reminds me , maybe a cold compress on the area that is favoured.
One more question! How long did it take for your dog to feel better?
Thank you so much for your advice!


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the swelling did not show up till a few days later --- I would say back to normal about 10 days . Up to that point he was delicate with himself when eating his raw chicken frames , that was my first signal to watch . Instead of grabbing , crunching like some dinosaur , he would lay down and tear bits with frontal teeth. Swelling was external -- . He was stiff with his head carriage , now back to being the careless fool charging into things like normal.
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the swelling did not show up till a few days later --- I would say back to normal about 10 days . Up to that point he was delicate with himself when eating his raw chicken frames , that was my first signal to watch . Instead of grabbing , crunching like some dinosaur , he would lay down and tear bits with frontal teeth. Swelling was external -- . He was stiff with his head carriage , now back to being the careless fool charging into things like normal.
THANK YOU!!! That makes me feel better! I will try what you suggested and see if that helps her. I hope she does not have anything splintered off. I never thought about that...
Thank you again for your time....glad to hear your furbaby recovered and is back to normal.


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