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    Herman's jaw has started cracking / popping and it gets loud enough that I can hear it. It happens when he opens his mouth to bite me or yawn or such. I have noticed it the past couple of days and it seems to be off and on.

    Any ideas what could cause that?

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    Could it be TMJ? Not sure if dog's get that or not.

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    I don't kn now but Mine has been doing the same thing! Maybe it's the weather! LOL!
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    My jaws are popping too because of my TMJ LOL

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    Does he have full range of his jaw???

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    Hopefully it will clear up in a few days, if not I'd have your vet look at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzy220 View Post
    Does he have full range of his jaw???
    yep, he's opening it wide, etc if that's what you mean. just seems to crack when he closes/opens it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elearn View Post
    yep, he's opening it wide, etc if that's what you mean. just seems to crack when he closes/opens it.
    OK .. the only reason I asked was because there is masticatory muscle myositis which gradually attacks the jaw muscles and the dog will start to lose the ability to open and close their mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzy220 View Post
    OK .. the only reason I asked was because there is masticatory muscle myositis which gradually attacks the jaw muscles and the dog will start to lose the ability to open and close their mouth.

    gee thanks... now i will be googling that all night LOL (i'm a worry wart). so far he's opening and closing ok........

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    Quote Originally Posted by elearn View Post
    gee thanks... now i will be googling that all night LOL (i'm a worry wart). so far he's opening and closing ok........
    OOooppss .... sorry, didn't mean to worry you. Maggie got it twice .. two years in a row. It's not the most common thing and we were very lucky that our vet had had a dog herself who had suffered from it once.

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    My Sarge has been doing this for a few months too. He dosent have a problem eating , barking, pulling on a rope , no pain involved.

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    Default Re: Jaw is cracking / popping

    I just posted a nearly identical thread a week ago! Tonka just started having this problem about a month ago. It's not everytime but he does this when he yawns or lunges for a treat with his mouth open. It doesn't seem to cause him pain or anything and does not affect him. I asked my vet and he said that it's nothing to be concerned about if the dog isn't affected or in pain. He said they can get TMJ-like symptoms like humans and even more so with the way their jaw is aligned. If I ever see Tonka having difficulty opening his mouth etc. I will be back to the vet but i'm not going to worry at this point. Tonka is still sassy as ever and tugging at his toys and playing and eating everything in sight!

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