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The mandible, or lower jaw, connects to the skull at the tempormandibular joint, TMJ.  In this hereditary condition, at between four to eight months old there is an extra  bone that develops along this joint and makes the jaw difficult to open.  There is also pain associated with the opening of the jaw.  This means that there will be difficulty eating and an accompanying loss of weight.  There will also be swelling within the skull.  While the condition can be treated or even resolve itself, there may be surgical options that are required.  Certain breeds are more prone to this condition: Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Carin Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, English Bulldog, Great Dane, Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever, Scottish Terrier, and West Highland Terrier.  Symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty Opening Jaw
  • Pain Opening Jaw
  • Difficulty Picking Up Food
  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Drooling
  • Swelling of Jaw
  • Swelling Of Skull
  • Occasional Fever