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Pet jaw trouble

Sunday, August 5, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is a hinged joint that lets your jaw open and close. Problems with it can occur in pets as well as people. Inflammation, developmental structure and trauma are a few ways that your pet can end up with a TMJ that isn’t functioning properly.  As a result, your pet may be unable to eat without pain, or in a severe case may be unable to open his mouth at all. Problems with TMJ are generally diagnosed by a pet dentist through radiography or CT scan. It’s important to investigate possible TMJ problems promptly because many get worse over time and can cause discomfort for your pet until they are treated. For more information, talk to your veterinarian.

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