No matter what situation they are in, dogs always treat us with love and care. Therefore, it is very natural for dog owners to get slightly worried when their dogs start to chatter their teeth for no apparent reason. In truth, there are many reasons why your dog might be chattering his/her teeth and those reasons aren’t always bad. In this article, we have a look at the three main reasons why your dogs are starting to chatter their teeth. If it came about as a result of a negative cause, you may want to visit a vet to make sure the dog’s health condition is treated as soon as possible.
#1 Emotional chattering
Most dogs chatter when they go through some sort of emotion. For example, they may briefly chatter when you get back home after a long day of work. They are essentially expressing their excitement of seeing you again. However, it isn’t always the good emotions that cause dogs to chatter their teeth. For example, dogs may be showing nervousness by chattering their teeth. Perhaps you have put them in unfamiliar situations. Perhaps there is a questionable stranger within the vicinity. In these kinds of scenario, you should examine the situation as a whole and see if you can identify the factor that has caused your dog to adopt the random habit of chattering.
#2 Oral diseases
Unfortunately, teeth chattering may also occur because your dog is suffering from some sort of oral disease. For example, gum disease may be causing extreme discomfort in your dog’s mouth. Before you see a veterinarian, examine the inside of your dog’s mouth and see if you notice any unusual sights. For example, do you see a lot of red inflammation occurring around the gum? In some cases, your dog may move his/her head away as soon as you try and look into its mouth. This is a good indication that something might be wrong with its teeth or gums. Regardless of what the chattering is caused by, you should definitely set up an appointment with a vet as soon as possible so your dog doesn’t go through even greater stress.
#3 Dog breeds
Some dog breeds tend to chatter their teeth a lot more than other breeds. Their breed can give an indication of why they may be chattering their teeth. For example, dogs of the smaller kind such as Chihuahuas tend to chatter their teeth more when they are nervous. Certain breeds such as the Cocker Spaniel may be affected by certain disorders such as neuronal degeneration. As you can see, the chattering can come as a result of something natural or as a result of a health problem. If the chattering appears to happen in really random situations, have your dog examined by a vet as soon as possible to diagnose the problem.