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my cocker spaniel does not want to eat. we were checkinkg his

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my cocker spaniel does not want to eat. we were checkinkg his mouth and teeth seem good but when we tried to open his jaw he yelped. he wont even eat a piece of pepperoni, but we know he wants to. he also has a temp of 102.8
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 7 years ago.
How old is this little one? How long has he not been wanting to eat?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
he is probably 6-7yrs. we just noticed the not wanting to eat part-we have 5 others and food is always out. i did notice yesterday that he was shaking a little- but he has always been timid. any help?
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 7 years ago.
If he's painful when you open his mouth, here are the things that I'm placing on my list of rule outs.1) Trauma to the jaw area. A bite or puncture that gets infected can cause a lot of discomfort in opening the mouth.2) Masticory myositis. This is an immune issue where the body attacks the mussels that are responsible for chewing. Here is a good link on it.
3) Dental issues. Even though you couldn't see any issues with the teeth. Sometimes the painful area / lesion is on the inside of the teeth where very difficult to view or with the roots themselves.
I would try to keep him quiet until you can have him evaluated by your vet. I would moisten / soften his food to try and make it easier for him to eat. You could offer a small amount of baby food (gerber turkey or chicken is a very good one).