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My dog cannot open his mouth without pain and will not let ...

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My dog cannot open his mouth without pain and will not let me open it to see in it will open but he is in a ton of pain
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Terri Riba replied 9 years ago.

what age, breed and weight is he?

How long is he acting this way?



Customer: replied 9 years ago.
he is about one, he is a border colie blue healer mix, and weights 45 lbs he started acting this way in thursday night
Expert:  Terri Riba replied 9 years ago.


Due to your boys age, we can probably rule out an abscessed tooth.

However, it is very possible he has something stuck in his mouth, a needle, pin, burr, etc

It is hurting a LOT if he will not let you look.

It also sounds like Tetanus (yes, dogs do get it!!)

It can be a result of a small wound your boy got months ago:

Please read the entire link.

In any event, he needs immediate veterinary care.I would have him see ASAP so you do not get stuck in the ER later

Please let me know how he is feeling. I will aways be here for both of you

I hope your boy will be ok.

Very sincerely,


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