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chattering teeth in elder dog!
An_221336 posted:
My 15 year-old schnauzer is occassionally chattering - as if he is COLD, but he is neither cold nor is it cold outside! I first noticed this after he had a bath once (maybe his body temp. was too low then?) but now we see it on other occasions too, with no visible patterns. He exhibits signs of old age (sleeps alot, picky eating etc..) but is in pretty good spirits and still loves (much shorter) walks. He is on 1. lysodren 2. thryoxine. Thanks much.
Violets_are_Blue responded:
My old Labrador did this starting later in her life (probably around 11 or 12 years old). She would do it mostly when I was taking too long to get her food ready or when she seemed nervous so I chalked it up to an anxiety issue and a way to express she was anxious. It never appeared to bother her (just me) or effect her life so I never had it checked.
Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to Violets_are_Blue's response:
I agree with Violets_Are_Blue that it can be a harmless behavior if you see a pattern and no other issues. My Labrador does the same thing when excitedly waiting for her food, and she's not even four yet.

However, since this is something new for your dog, doesn't seem to have a discernable pattern, and he's on thyroid medications, I would get him checked out. I know I was recently diagnosed as hypothyroid and one of the symptoms was chills/being cold. I don't know if it holds true for dogs or not, but maybe your doctor will want to check his thyroid levels, too.

Let us know what you find out,

Every dog has his day - but the nights are reserved for the cats ~ Unknown
lmrodin replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
thanks all!


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