Saturday, August 18, 2012

I'm bummed

Something's wrong with Eco. She's not closing her mouth fully, and she doesn't crunch her food - anything you give her she just swallows. We went to the vet yesterday and they said they've read about and had dogs with similar issues  - and they were all Labrador Retrievers. Odd. But when I try to look up her symptoms, I haven't found anything similar.

She kinda looks like this. Okay, not quite but still, seeing a dog with it's mouth open where you see the bottom teeth, is well, a little odd/weird.

The vet thinks she may have damaged her temperomandibular joint (TMJ) which hinges the jaw, or may have nerve damage in the area. Other dogs seem to have recovered in about 5 weeks (noooo!) So basically we've given her some anti-inflammatories and she's supposed to rest her mouth (with a lab, not so easy!)   - no tug of war, no catch, no chew toys, etc. It's kinda hard to play with her, when you can't use her mouth - that's like taking our hands away!

We're waiting for the results of the urine and  blood tests which we should have back on Monday.

Poor thing. She seems bummed too. Good thing it's hot and she's kinda mellow anyway.

EDIT: based on my internet searching, it sounds like Trigeminal Neuritis. And internet sites say recovery can suddenly occur in 1 to 6 weeks. We're currently monitoring the situation and my have x-rays done early next week. If you know anything about this condition, would you please share your story with me?


Laoch of Chicago said...

One hates it when the faithful pet is not feeling well.

My Little Corner said...

Agreed! I just want her 'back to normal'...

Teena in Toronto said...

Poor baby! I hope she'll be okay.