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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-14-2017, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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chattering teeth

This is a new thing for Shadow and it has me a bit concerned.
It isn't like what Bud did when the girls were in heat. This is like a stutter when she gets stressed. It almost looks like her jaw is cramping or something and it lasts just a second. It just started a few days or a week ago. I noticed it when I gave her crap for jumping at the TV again. She yawned and then this weird stutter of her jaw.
Then later that day something got her upset and she went into my room. When I went to check on her she did it again. Clearly this is stress related but I am concerned about what it might be.
When she was first found I knew that there was some risk of brain damage but other then her short term memory issue I have seen no problems.
I do know that she is at the point in her cycle where she treats her stuffies like puppies. So she is more alert and more defensive.
And yes I know she should be spayed but I cant so we deal with it. Het vet is looking at some meds that will stop her cycle. The hope is that if we can get her to stop coming in heat for a cycle or two it may settle her body down. She is in heat every 4 months so she never really gets a break.
Anyway right now I am worried that this teeth chattering thing may be an indicator of something more serious. Any thoughts?
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My mali female does the teeth chatter every so often under various scenarios. Sometimes when she is in super drive, sometimes when she is snuggling in to relax, sometimes after a yawn. She has pretty massive jaw muscles from tugging and the like, so I imagine for her it is just a relaxation type thing. I've also heard it can be a sign of tooth pain, so that's something to think about.

Be careful with any drugs that disrupt heat cycles. As I'm sure you know, doing this tends to drastically increase risk of pyometra.
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My mali female does the teeth chatter every so often under various scenarios. Sometimes when she is in super drive, sometimes when she is snuggling in to relax, sometimes after a yawn. She has pretty massive jaw muscles from tugging and the like, so I imagine for her it is just a relaxation type thing. I've also heard it can be a sign of tooth pain, so that's something to think about.

Be careful with any drugs that disrupt heat cycles. As I'm sure you know, doing this tends to drastically increase risk of pyometra.
She has some broken teeth so I will definitely look at that.
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No drugs will be given long term. We just want to see if we can get her de stressed enough to get her spayed. With heats 4 months apart its tough to get her in between cycles at the point where the hormones are not wreaking havoc.
I was concerned that the chatter may be neurological.
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At my local SPCA one of the dogs there that we were waking had that teeth thing happening, we were told that the previous owner used an e-collar on him to stop him from barking (it didn't hence the dog at the shelter) Vet said it was neurological but didn't affect his health. That was last year and he was since adopted and we didn't hear anything from his new owners so I'm assuming he's doing well.
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I know for a fact that Shadow has only worn an ecollar a few times. Under my supervision. It was a short lived experiment.
I cannot even imagine what one would need to do to cause permanent damage with one.
I am concerned that this may be neurological though. Since she came to me nearly dead and since malnourishment in a fetus or newborn can certainly cause brain damage I always knew there was risk. But why suddenly at 6 years old would something manifest?
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