dogs teeth chattering

What it Means When You See Dogs’ Teeth Chattering

Dog teeth chattering can occur for a variety of causes. While some causes are not a problem, other causes of teeth chattering can suggest severe and potentially life-threatening problems. In this article, we will review the possible causes of dog teeth chattering and what you should do if you see this symptom in your dog.

Dog teeth chattering is a symptom. A symptom is a sign of a disease which can be caused by multiple different medical problems. An example of another symptom is vomiting. Vomiting can be caused by a dog getting into the trash, eating indigestible objects, viral infections such as parvovirus, bacterial infections, kidney disease, liver disease, and many other possible diseases.

First, lets look at what dog teeth chattering is.

What Dog Teeth Chattering Is

Teeth chattering can be described as the sound made when a dogs mouth opens and closes quickly in sequence causing the teeth to touch and thus creating a sound in an alert and otherwise normal dog. Humans often have teeth chattering when they are cold and shivering.

Is Dog Teeth Chattering a sign of a Seizure or Something Else?

Dog teeth chattering can be a sign of the following possible problems:

Dog teeth chattering can be seen in dogs with seizures but often other signs also occur such as drooling, disorientation, foaming at the mouth, and/or vocalizing. Learn more about seizures in dogs.

What To Do Next, How to Handle Teeth Chattering

When considering teeth chattering in your dog, consider the situation that occurred when you see this symptom. Closely observe your dog was doing before, during and after you see the teeth chattering. Observe your dog for the following:

The best thing to do with dog teeth chattering is to see your veterinarian to try to determine the underlying cause and if treatment is indicated. If possible, video your dog during a teeth-chattering event so your veterinarian can see exactly what your dog is doing in the case he doesn’t do it when you take him in for an examination.

What you can expect when you visit your vet:

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