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Old 01-03-2009, 02:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Max is a rescue. We adopted him two months ago. We took him for a check-up when we first got him home. He's 6 years old, but one thing the vet commented on was that his teeth were extremely worn down for a dog his age. He said you would typically see that kind of wear and tear on a dog that was much, much older or one who had been neglected or was a stray. Max had only one home before us and was surrendered due to financial reasons, so he's had a normal life and has no "issues." He's very well-behaved and has no behavior problems or bad habits.

Since then, we've discovered that he grinds his teeth in his sleep. It's very loud when he does it. You can hear his teeth popping and clicking and he's sound asleep and completely unaware. Has anyone else experienced this with their dog? I'd never even heard of such a thing in a dog until now. Just curious to see if other dogs do it, too.
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I haven't heard anything about a dog grinding their teeth however, it may be a stress issue. What did the vet say about the teeth grinding?
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Wow. ... I had no clue they do this! Maybe a vet or someone on here can shed some light for you...... Bless your heart and hope all turns out okay, keep us updated!!!
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Old 01-03-2009, 06:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I seem to recollect seeing a post on here about the the same thing - but I can't find it. I wouldn't worry too much if everything else is normal - I grind my teeth in my sleep - some people say it's a sign of stress or anxiety.
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Default Re: Grinding teeth? Anyone else heard of this?

I remember someone else mentioning this as well, have to see if I can find the post...Samson's front teeth were almost totally gone when I adopted him at 6 yrs, but his had actually receeded into the gums as the gums rose up to become more prominent...In a lot of his pics it looks like his tongue is sticking out, but it's not his tongue it's his gums..I was told it was possibly due to fighting or chewing on something VERY hard...

I believe in humans, this can wear the enamel down, not sure if it works the same with dogs tho
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Sounds like a stress issue. Try giving him some chamomile tea or in capsule form before bed. He may benenfit from some aromatheraphy for stress relief also ( ie lavender oil nearby where he sleeps). Massage therapy or accupuncture may also help - canine massage you can teach yourself.

Excercise may also offer some relief to burn off stress or just time to adjust to his new environment.

Thanks for adopting him.
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I also wonder if using Melatonin for him might help? The dosage is like 3 mg given at night before bed. Another option, I wouldn't try Slobermomma's tips and this at the same time. Try one thing at a time and see if it helps.

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It was me!!! My baby girl Leia started grinding her teeth in Sept. when we adopted Han.

We took her to the vet and she checked to see if there was anything stuck in her teeth....nothing. She suggested that some dogs do grind due to acid reflux in their stomach. We have been watching what we feed her and noting it down. Sometimes she grinds and sometimes she doesn't. It made no difference what we fed her or how much or anything. The vet recommended Active Manuka honey. We were putting a teaspoon on her cookie at night time. It seemed to help for a few days and then the grinding started again. So we thought it was behavioural (stress). As she seems to grind more when we tell her she can't do something. For example when we sleep at night time now we try not to start with the dogs on the bed. Trust me when you have 3 and a Queen size it makes it difficult! DH asked her off the bed one night and she jumped off in a huff and laid in her bed and started grinding! Its LOUD! I'm surprised her teeth are all worn down. The vet checked and said their okay and not too dull either from it. Anyhow we also got a DAP (dog appeasing pheramone) plug in for her. I think it helps. I notice that when it goes empty she grinds alot more. So maybe it is behavioural???? were not sure now. But we are going back to the vet again next week. She said that the next step would be trying some Pepcid AC to see if that helps.

I haven't been able to find any answers anywhere to this and most people have never heard of it. If you find something out can you let me know? I'll keep you updated too.

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Thanks everyone for the comments and tips. It gives me somewhere to start at least.

This is what I found on another dog forum: "Grinding can be a sign of malocclusion. Either the teeth themselves are not properly alined, or there's a problem with the jaw itself. Sometimes it's a problem with the ears, and the grinding is helping to alleviate pain deep in the ear. I'd probably ask my vet to investigate further; dental and jaw x-rays to check for hidden problems, old fractures, that sort of thing. Or it could be a comfort thing; like sucking your thumb."

I haven't talked to our vet about Max yet. We've had so many issues with Lillie's health here lately that I'm trying to stay away for a bit. It seemed, for a while, that I was there every other day or so. I could invite the vet and all his techs to Thanksgiving dinner, we're practically family by now.
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a vet in the family would be nice!!!
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