1. This can be things like a fracture, lockjaw, nerve problems, infection, cancer, autoimmune diseases like MMM. From the video she does look in pain (tension around check and eyes), she should really be looked at by a vet.

  2. Thank you, that's exactly the kind of guesses I wanted to bring to their attention. I've been telling them she's in pain, but they just assume its her paws, which occasionally swell and ooze because of an autoimmune skin disorder that she is on an indefinite treatment plan for, involving steroids/antibiotics as directed by our vet, but this other issue has remained unattended to. I also hadn't noticed the swelling under her eye... What is MMM, by the way?

  3. More context: Abby is a ~13 year old miniature pinscher who has had a series of health problems in recent years, from an autoimmune disease attacking her skin, creating abcesses and sores and inflamming her feet to twice their size, to random flinching and facial spasms as if she's walking through spider webs when walking or stationary. We have successfully been treating the skin problems by cycling steroids and antibiotics after the vet was stumped how else to control the constant occurrence of oozing abcesses and sores spreading up her body, because it wasn't dietary, and doesn't appear to be seasonal like previously thought. The vet also had no answers regarding the random bouts of flinching, besides attributing it to her painful paws at the time, but I remained unconvinced.

  4. OP - this is irrelevant and I hate to be that guy but please get her nails trimmed! Especially at her age, it isn’t good for her joints slipping around on them. Thanks!

  5. Dental problems are first on my list of differentials. She should see a doctor, it looks like she is in some pain.

  6. My 20 year old kitty, Monique, began having similar symptoms just last month. Before that and for her entire life, she had never ever been ill in any way. She kept pawing at her mouth and it was confirmed that she had a RANULA, which was located under her tongue. A RANULA is a blocked salivary gland which swells and swells as it fills up with saliva, and the best treatment is surgery to remove the gland (s). At 20 years old, I absolutely did not want her to have a surgery and then the healing process, nor did the vet recommend surgery due to elderly cats and anesthesia. I was given meds to help with inflammation and antibiotics in case of infection. (RANULAS are much much more common in dogs than in cats)…but here was my girl with this damn thing, making it increasingly difficult for her to eat and drink. In a very short three weeks from diagnosis, she was totally worn out and I knew I had to set her free from this misery Two nights ago, the vet set her free and I still can’t stop crying. My point is that obviously there is something in your pup’s mouth (and other places) that are making her very very uncomfortable and possibly in severe pain. At 13 years old (she is adorable, by the way), your parents have a MORAL DUTY to bring her relief. It sound to me that they may be in denial, or something similar. Can you take the pup to the vet for a diagnosis without your parents since they will not ? Your dog is suffering, it seems to me, physically, and emotionally. To not tend to this problem (s) is actually abusive. My best wishes to you and your pup…

  7. For your cat to make it to 20 years shows how wonderful of an owner you are and how loved she truly was. The greatest gift we can give them is love and care until the very end. You did all the right things ❤️ I’m sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you during this really hard time 💙

  8. Happy to report we made the appointment for the 1st! Thank you so much for your concern, and I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty!! I have a few elderly cats in my care too, and it will break my heart when they pass. I can't even imagine... I recommend Jackson Galaxy's video about grief on his youtube channel if you haven't seen it. It really opened my eyes about how we process bereavement over our animal companions. Twenty long years, though -- wow! What a good cat guardian you must have been.

  9. I’m a veterinary technician and this video concerns me. Best case scenario would be TMJ (which is still a big deal and needs to be addressed) but worst case scenario could be dislocation, severe oral disease or infection, nerve degeneration, cancer, or another underlying process that causes inflammation of the jaw. If she already has an immune-mediated disorder this could be progression that needs addressing. It may be as simple as your vet messing with her steroid dose. If so, it’s wrong of them not to at least reach out to her doctor because that alone could possibly give her the relief she needs to rest, eat, and continue to have a decent quality of life.

  10. Thank you!!! We just made the appointment for the 1st. I'm hoping the vet sees what I'm talking about, but that's also why I took this video in case he doesn't while we're there.

  11. Please try to look at her mouth real good all her teeth upper and lower her gums upper and lower under her tongue and her tongue and then the roof of her mouth and if you see something you can point it out to the father that does not want to take it to the vet or just do what I would do and take too the veterinarian your own use a bright flashlight when you look at everything best of luck

  12. I hate to say it, but our dog has this. He had bad breath too and we got his teeth cleaned twice thinking it had to be that. No cavities. We took him to a different vet when he started not eating and or only ate soft food. After xray, we found out he had cancer in his jaw. We still have him, but he's failing. We wanted to get treatment for it but found it was $3500 just to get him scanned and assessed. We have him on pain killers and cbd oil and they help but he's starting to not eat again. When he is no longer comfortable, we'll have to let him go. Don't let it go. Get a xray or CAT scan. I still think it was an inner ear or sinus infection that set into the jawbone with our dog. If we had pushed this sooner he might have been put on antibiotics and had an abscess drained possibly and not had this sad conclusion. If there's pus or infection in there it deteriorates the jaw. Good luck, please let us know what you find out. I hope I'm wrong or it's early enough. Prayers for his healing!

  13. I will! Thank you! Due to your comment and others in this thread, I've successfully convinced them to make the call as we speak. I'll update as soon as I can -- sounds like the appointment will be on the 1st. Thank you again. I super appreciate all the advice. I'm sorry to hear about your dog, but at least you've done all you reasonably can.

  14. I have a 16 year old terrier ( lily) who also has similar jaw issues. Vet was consulted - view was that it’s part of the ageing process, alongside rheumatism. She has daily meds for achy bones but beyond that the vet recommended we avoid more intrusive medicine, such as steroids, many of which can impact other areas of the body. Vets view is, and I wholly agree, comfort is the critical objective for an old dog, not cure.

  15. Unfortunately, she has to be on steroids otherwise she breaks out in abcesses and sores all over her body. Do you think that's causing the problem, or are you saying it could be arthritic?

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