So I am wondering if any of you have had a similar situation with you dog as my friend is experiencing with her 14 month old male boxer.
Since he was about 6 months he will randomly lock his jaw. It is involuntarry and he cannot open his mouth for an extended about of time. Could be 3-30 seconds. When it happens it will just lock up. He will whine and be in obvious discomfort, then whe he finally can open his jaw a lump for form on the top of his head, just a little off center. not a small lump either, probably about 1 inch by one inch'ish(depending on how long his jaw was locked). He has gotten his tongue stuck half way out of his mouth before. One time his jaw locked crooked.
For a long time it would only happen here and there. Lately however it has been happening VERY frequently. To the point of several times an hour.
He has a vet apointment in the morrning, but I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else...?
sorry not much help, but i had that when i was younger, and it was ageny : ( it would happen all the time, mostly when i had just woke up and was yoning and when i was eating something very chewy, like a toffee sweet or something.
Do dogs get TMJ? Their jaws are different in that they just open and close, do not move side to side, but I suppose their can be something misaligned in the bone. BTW "lockjaw" is tetanus, a whole different ball of wax, and its not that, I assure you.
tmj is when the cartlidge disk is not held in the proper place and it is HELL!!!!!!!!!! sometimes the disk will get out of position and "lock" the jaws. because they can't move it's like having a wheel that you stick a stick through the spoke it can't move. i would have him x-rayed. i have it and stress and weather affects it. i had no sympotms and one day i bit into a piece of BREAD and it locked shut. with food in my mouth- talk about freaking. anyway some people have the tired jaws, and popping (more than normal) and alot people get it brought on by gritting and grinding their teeth. i get pi$$ed and clench my jaws, but it is heritary for me. my mom has it but she had symptoms and has never had hers lock. LUCKY ME!!!! (read- very sarcastic)
Your description of your friend's boxer's lockjaw type of behavior is exactly what my dog has been experiencing for about the past 2 months. It went away for awhile, but now it's happening frequently. I was wondering if you ever received any reply with an explanation. Did the dog go to the vet and if so, what did the vet say? I'm hoping it isn't like epilepsy.
I have TMJ and when I had problems with it in the past with my jaw locking, I would have to push on the left side of my jaw right near my ear and open my mouth to unlock it. There is a small disk between your top and bottom jaw that slips out causing your jaw to click when eating or lock at any time.
If the dog has TMJ, a lump will not form on the top of his/her head if that is how I read your post correctly. I would take the dog to have x-rays of the jaw to see if it is TMJ.
Ginny-We did figure out what was wrong with my friends dog. The vet said that the same thing happened to her dog. It was from some time in the dogs life some sort of trama to the front of the skull put the dogs spine out of line. As she tried to recall something happening to him she remembered when he was about 6 months he jumped out of her boyfriends car window and landed on his chin. They took him to a dog chiropractor(sp) and he realined his spine. He has 2 more appointments, but even after just the first appointment he acted like he was better. He has only had a couple incidents since the first appointment. Hope everything works out for your dog.
Thank you Jessica for responding so quickly. We may try the chiropractor first and then go from there. He also has some "accidents" lately, urinating in the house and in the back of our truck. Don't know if this is related or not, but again, thank you for giving us a starting point.