Just a quick update on Kona's mystery mouth.
We made it back from the vets. Yikes. Prying open the mouth of a dog who's hurting and terrified of handling...no easy task. But we made it.
Kona didn't have any dental issues, no foreign objects. She was physically capable of opening her mouth all the way. So the diagnosis is officially mystery mouth! The vet's best guess at this point is some sort of soft tissue problem. There's the possibility of TMJ, but we don't know. She may just have a strained muscle in her jaw.
I'm going to try to get Kona back into her routine of morning runs. Her energy hasn't been affected at all and she's eating fine, so I feel comfortable getting out for exercise. At this point the challenge is gauging how much she's actually hurting and how much of her pitifulness is "simply" her fear of me. (She started shaking when I took her out of her crate this morning). If her enthusiasm as she bounded down the yard after her vet visit is any indication, I'm hopeful that she's not in too much pain.
Thank you all for your well wishes. It's so nice to have other crazy pet people who can empathize. Kona seems comfortable and will probably be sleeping off that vet visit for awhile.
I hope we'll be back to regular Running with Kona adventures soon!