My 7 year old male german shephard mix is ill. I can't bear to see him sick so please help! This started saturday. He keeps licking the top of his mouth and then keeps drinking almost 24/7. He's still happy and acting normally though. His mouth is always open unless he is sleeping. He salivates alot after he 'drinks' and leaves the water in the bowl almost soapy looking with a yellow/green tint. He went to the vet today, who after taking bloodwork, said he thinks the dog has a nerve problem in his jaw and that it should get better. But if anything it has gotten worse. Plus, Ive never heard of such a nerve condition and am scared it could be something very serious. I just want him to be happy again- what could this be?
I have been a German Shepherd breeder for five years and have had German Shepherds for fifteen years and I have never heard or seen anything like you are describing. I would seek a different vets medical opinion. Not every vet out there is a good vet. Your dog could possibly have an infected tooth. Please keep us posted on how he is doing. MLW
we had a similar problem with on of our shepherds several years ago (we have GSDs for a little over 10 years now) and it turned out to be something simple it was something he tried to eat outside and got a piece wedged where we couldn't see it and it didn't chole him but was very uncomfortable. An x-ray picked it up. It could also be some type of treatable infection - I agree that maybe a second opinion is called for.
Our family dog (spca mix, lab/pointer?) had that same problem! It was awful... his jaw was locked and the vet said it was some sort of nerve problem. The top of his head got really flat from the muscle he lost since he couldn't move his jaw. We showed the vet pictures of his head/skull to compare before and after. He eventually got better, but it took a few weeks. I hope your dog gets better too!
It could be inflammation of the trigeminal nerve. Our 11 yr JRT was diagnosed in 2008 with a trigeminal nerve root tumour. Initially the neurologist thought it was inflammation of the trigmenal nerve as he was showing no symptms other than muscle mass loss on his head. He had 2 MRIs - the first in Aug. This MRI showed abnormalities and both the MRI technician & the neurologist suggested a follow up MRI after 3 months to reassess. In Nov he had 2nd MRI and the tumour was confirmed. Problems with the jaw are one of the symptoms. Right now, Tucson is doing great - this is typically a very painful condition; however we are happy to say he is pain free and experiencing no problems. We are even noticing that the area of the muscle mass loss appears to be somewhat smaller now. If your vet hasn't already suggested it, I would suggest that you ask for a referral to a neurologist. My understanding this is not a common condition and a regular vet may not have the experience to diagnosis this condition. The neurologist we saw is in Toronto at a very busy clinic, she indicates she sees 1 dog per year with this condition, our own vet who we have dealt with for over 10 years told us that he hasn't seen this in a dog for 10 years and that he has no experience dealing with the condition.