My Dog's Teeth Are Chattering Unexplainably, Why?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My 16 year old dog does this and has been for a couple of years and whether you believe it or not, it is his signal to me that he's hungry as he always does it when he's hungry like in the morning and then stops when he's been fed. Funny things!
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Anonymous answered
I have a five year old american foxhound and he chatters his teeth anytime he is focused and excited about something. Maybe it's a hound thing? I have owned man dogs before and this is the first time I have seen this behavior.  Just a thought.  :)
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
He could be in pain, or it could be that he is cold, they usually do this when stressed too. I think you should call his vet and see what you should do about this, you don't want to take chances, and if you have to, call an emergency vet. Hope this helps, good luck to you and the pup.
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Sarah Mattila answered
I have a 1 year old Lab mix and she does the same thing I know she does it when excited I think it is an anxiety  issue. Good Luck
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Anonymous answered
It could be toothache. If shes seems uncomfortable and the symptoms are coupled with unusually bad breath these are signs in dogs that dental problems may be present, and a visit to the local vets is recommended.
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Jenn Merriman answered
Dogs are unusual. Chattering her teeth could mean that she is sick to her stomach, especially so if she's drooling some. I'm sure she is in pain. At 17, she has a lot of arthritis going on. Try some glucose for dogs. If that doesn't help, you may need to take her to the Vet and get her started on something like Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Prevacox or Adequan to help control that pain.
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Anonymous answered
My dog chatters his teeth after he has been licking me or after he has got exited. I think its adrenalin
sarah s Profile
sarah s answered
As dogs age, they are less tolerant of changes. I'm not sure but I'm thinking she does that because she is cold since they are not long hair breeds and its winter.
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Anonymous answered
My Border Collie does is more than my other dogs but he's only 4 but I've noticed he only does it when he's anxious like riding in the car he'll chatter his teeth. He also does it when a lot of new people come over so it's his way of dealing with his anxiety I suppose.

Also on the bad breath, there are special treats you can buy for your dog to help with dental and breath issues. I would say brush his teeth but I doubt a 13 yr old dog will really get into that. I only have 1 out of 4 dogs that allows me to brush her teeth but it's because I've had her since she was very young. She has great smelling breath and a great smile. :]
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Anonymous answered
All my dogs have done this at one time or another. It was something
I didn't even think about till the other day when basset hound was cleaning
Teeth self scratch. When he was done Tucker's lower jaw were just chattering away. I
think - at least for us- it happens when they are very happy or
very satisfied, and occasionally when they are excited or heavy shiver if  their are temped to be afraid, keeping it in tall places like terrace top, or safe less heights, hey fear only height,
. And  It only lasts only for few days....or hours..
Everything will bee alright soon....

a few minutes, and I kinda think it's funny!
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Phoebe MadHat answered
If it's after he yawns, it could just be muscle twitches, but my dog does it after he has chewed on something to hard or pinched a nerve in his jaw.

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