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Unstable Jaw

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Condition Overview

This condition, seen in Pekingese, Chihuahuas, and some other toy breeds, occurs when the cartilage that joins the two sides of the lower jaw at the chin fails to calcify. The lower incisors that are set in this soft cartilage become loose and unstable.

Symptoms

Information needed.

Causes

This condition can be caused by an incorrect calcium to phosphorus ratio in the dog's diet.

Diagnosis

Information needed.

Treatment

The unstable jaw can be treated by removing the diseased teeth, administering antibiotics, and stabilizing the joint with wires or screws. If diet is a contributing factor, the diet must be corrected as well.

Prevention

Information needed.

Support

Please contact your veterinarian if you suspect your pet may have this condition.

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Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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