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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog is not moving around and I check him out, I thought

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my dog is not moving around and I check him out, I thought his neck was hurt and I was told to check for lumps he seemed fine until he tried to open his mouth, that hurt him.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. Pain upon opening the mouth has quite a few possible etiologies. They include masticatory myositis (an autoimmune disease affecting the muscles of mastication/chewing), temperomandibular joint disease (TMJ), bone and soft-tissue neoplasia, foreign body penetration (caudal to the last maxillary molar, tonsillar region, pharyngeal wall, sublingual tissues), ocular disease and space-occupying orbital/retrobulbar lesions, ear diseases, other inflammatory muscle disorders, tetanus, and craniomandibular osteopathy (an uncommon excessive bone deposition along the mandible). His vet will need to carefully him in an attempt to clarify which of the above is present. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Theo,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin