Why Do Dogs Mouths Quiver After Licking?

If you have a pet dog, then you might notice that your dog’s mouth starts to chatter right after licking. Have you ever wondered why it happens? 

Well, here’s the answer to it. Dog’s mouths chatter and quiver when they lick something because of an impulsive reaction. The sense of smell and taste of a dog is way stronger than ours. As their sense of smell or taste is stronger, they are more sensitive to the changes in their surroundings.

Besides this, there are other reasons as well. And there is no harm in knowing about all the other reasons. 

Why Do Dogs Mouths Quiver After Licking

Why do Dogs’ Mouths Quiver After Licking?

Like humans, dogs can’t speak. As a result, we have to notice their actions to determine whether their health is perfectly fine. Even though it is completely normal for a dog’s mouth to chatter right after licking, however, at times, it can occur due to other reasons. And some of the reasons can be quite concerning. 

Oral Pain 

Usually, dogs are not good at expressing their pain. They try to hide their pain as much as possible. However, the chattering can be an instinctual response. Due to oral pain, a dog’s mouth can start to chatter right after having a meal or licking something. 

It’s a way their body expresses the pain it is dealing with. If you notice that the chattering is quite persistent and out of the blue, then you should go take your god to a vet as soon as possible. 

The most frequent issue that causes a dog’s teeth to chatter is periodontal disease. In this condition, the dog’s gums become highly inflamed and the bacteria slowly deteriorates the teeth, bones, and tissues. 

In some cases, a dog’s teeth can chatter due to the heavy loss of  tooth enamel. It is also quite painful for a dog. So don’t forget to get their teeth checked regularly to avoid these problems. 

Anxiety Or Stress

Dogs can indeed be quite friendly and free in a bunch of people. However, not all dogs can be quite free around people. Some dogs can become anxious around other people. And you might think dogs can’t get stressed. Many things can make your pet dog stressed. Both stress and anxiety are harmful to any animal. 

So at times, when your dog is around a new environment or new people, you will find them chattering their teeth. It acts as a coping mechanism to keep them calm.

Emotional Response 

There can be different types of emotions that a dog or any animal can feel or experience. For example, when you give your dog a treat, it will become happy, and at times it will show its gratefulness by jumping or by licking. Let’s give you another example. 

Suppose you play with your pet dog with a ball; it will get excited. These kinds of emotions can trigger the jaw clicking or chattering. There is nothing to worry about in such cases because it is harmful. It’s a way dogs express their happiness or excitement. 

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