Tooth clicking in the canine crowd can signify an array of different things, from jumpy moods to possible dental woes. If you notice your pet's teeth chattering, pay closer attention to what's going on around her. Your furry pal might just need a veterinary appointment for a tooth examination.
If your dog is clicking her teeth, it could mean she's feeling somewhat on edge and uneasy. She might be a bit excited and overwhelmed, too. Perhaps she spots a couple of large Saint Bernards walking outdoors from your living room window and doesn't know what to make of it. By clicking her teeth, your dog could be expressing that she's assessing the situation and is feeling cautious about it. Teeth clicking can also even indicate pure excitement in canines, without any nervousness.
Happiness and Playtime
Teeth clicking in dogs can also sometimes denote enjoyment and fun, nothing more and nothing less. Many dogs chatter their teeth when they're in the middle of energetic play sessions. If your dog clicks her teeth during a particularly lively game of fetch in your backyard, for instance, don't agonize over it. She simply can't contain all the fun she's having.
Some dogs click their teeth when they're in frightening or threatening situations. If your dog is engaged in a confrontation of sorts with your cat, she might choose to chatter her teeth to protect herself. She might do so to send your cat a signal to "go away or else," too. If your dog clicks her teeth and seems tense, she's probably not a happy camper at the moment.
Possible Dental Problems
Although teeth clicking in dogs is often nothing out of the ordinary, it can occasionally indicate a health problem, too. If your dog clicks her teeth excessively or the behavior seems to have started out of nowhere, it's important to have a veterinarian check it out as soon as possible. Teeth chattering can occasionally be a symptom of oral disease in canines. Pay attention for other hints of oral disease in your dog, including chipped teeth, swelling of the gums, red gums, bloody gums, foul breath and exhaustion. If you see any of these symptoms in your pet, with or without teeth clicking, schedule an appointment with the vet immediately. The quicker the vet discovers any kind of dental irregularity, the easier it typically is to minimize the acceleration of the problem.
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