Description: A bone disorder (non-cancerous), believed to be hereditary, that mostly affects the bones in the head. A genetic bone disease that causes bilateral lesions on growing bones such as the skull and jaw. It causes these bones to be enlarged. The cause of CMO is unknown.
Symptoms: It can occur between four and eight months of age in animals showing signs up swollen jaws, eating difficulties, pain, and often having trouble opening their mouth. Other symptoms are facial swelling, discomfort, muscle atrophy, drooling, and depression.
Diagnosis: Radiographs, biopsies, physical exams are conducted to diagnose this condition.
Treatment: Currently there is no cure or treatment for this condition, however, anti-inflammatory and pain medications can be used to reduce discomfort.