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Has anyone ever experienced a clicking jaw with their basset? I just got a new pup from a very reputable breeder (Maredge) and took him to our vet for his first check up. All went well except for this problem with his TM joint. My vet admitted that he didn't know much about this topic but suggested that I go see a dental specialist. Although I don't have a problem spending the money (our last basset ran us about $10,000 due to various surgeries. He was from a pet store and eventually had to be put down at age 5) I'm wondering if I should wait to see if the condition subsides. On the other hand I'd hate to see this develop into something like arthritis. Otis' health is our main concern. Any feedback will be much appreciated.
 
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I don't know much about how the breeders work, but is there any recourse where you may not have to cover these initial vet bills yourself, that they would do it or help out? I would at least talk to the breeder because they should be a good resourse for talking about basset health problems.
 

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Thanks for your reply. I have spoken to the breeder and they themselves don't know much about this condition. They said that about 10 years ago a woman to whom they had sold a pup called to inform them that her basset had the clicking jaw. Beyond that, they never heard from her again. The breeder did say that it can occur in several breeds but it's not a common affliction with bassets. Their suggestion was to wait and see how it develops. I'm inclined to do so only because it seems like a fairly minor problem at this point.
 

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Good point about the chiropratic solution. Most people that I've spoken to thus far relate the condition to humans, not animals. I'm sure there's somebody around here that specializes in that sub field of veterinary care. I'll ask my vet. Thanks!
 

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I know of a couple cases of spontaneous jaw dislocation in basset hounds. One had surgery to release a locked jaw. I have also heard of what is referred to as "wry mouth."

In doing a bit of research I came up with the following that mentions jaw problems found in bassets:
Instability of the temporomandibular joint may cause problems of clicking or catching of the coronoid process of the mandible on the zygomatic arch. When this occurs, the animal may be unable to close its mouth, a condition that is both painful and frustrating. Manipulative reduction can allow normal closure of the mouth, but any wide excursion such as a yawn may repeat the syndrome. Surgical correction of the problem has been undertaken by removing that part of the zygomatic arch that interferes or removing the coronoid process of the mandible to alleviate this interference. The problem has been reported in bassett hounds without associated fracture.
This information is from the International Veterinary Information Service

I don't know if wry mouth is related to the above condition but it occurs when
One side of the jaw has grown longer than the other, causing it to ³bend² to one side resulting in alocclusion of the teeth in the front of the jaw. This is sometimes hard for people who haven¹t seen it to envision. Move your own jaw from side to side. Put it to one side and hold it there.. (Remember that a dog does not have lateral movement in its jaws as we do.) This is wry mouth.
From Wry Mouth

It doesn't seem as if Otis is bothered by the "clicking" so I would follow the advise of my veterinarian along with the breeder. And if surgery is suggested get a second opinion. It's important to keep the breeder informed and in fact I'd not do anything, unless it's an emergency, without first checking with them.

Keep us posted. I'm sure Otis will be fine.

[ September 29, 2003, 01:58 PM: Message edited by: Barbara Winters ]
 

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Thanks so much Barbara for taking the time to look into this condition. I'll just keep a close eye on Otis and inform the breeder if any further symptoms occur. I'll also keep the forum updated.
 
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