why does my dog keep sticking her tongue out
DogsБ tongues are pretty incredible, once you think about it. They are used to eat and, to help
via panting, and, of course, to give you. Some dogs, maybe even your own, have a bizarre but adorable trait of sticking their tongues out all of the time. Sometimes itБs just the tip, other times their entire tongue is hanging out of the side of their mouth. While this can be an endearing trait, it can also be a signal of underlying health issues. Hanging Tongue Syndrome Hanging Tongue Syndrome is exactly what it sounds like: the dogБs tongue hangs out of the mouth and is not a sign of anything else troublesome. It is a condition that smaller and brachycephalic (Бsmooshed-face,Б like Pugs) breeds are prone to. Both types of dogs are affected because of genetics. Their tongues may quite literally be too large for the oral cavity or breeding may have led to an abnormal jaw bone that doesnБt properly support the tongue.
If your dog has an overbite or underbite, they may develop Hanging Tongue Syndrome, especially as they age. Genetics isnБt the only reason why a dog may have Hanging Tongue Syndrome. Severe can lead to the rotting of the lower teeth. When these diseased teeth fall out or are extracted, there is no support for the tongue so it simply pops out and hangs out to either the side or out the front. Fortunately, most dogs with Hanging Tongue Syndrome can enjoy a full, happy, healthy life without many severe issues. The main issue that can arise from Hanging Tongue Syndrome is an incredibly dried out tongue. Imagine how it feels when your lips are incredibly chapped and there is no lip balm in sight. Now imagine that feeling but on the tip of your tongue. All of the time. This is what dogs with Hanging Tongue Syndrome may have to deal with.
If your dog has this condition, keep an eye out for any swelling, bleeding, or cracking of the tongue and seek veterinarian help if you notice them. б If your dog has Hanging Tongue Syndrome, make sure they have access to plenty of water and that the color of their tongue and gums stays the same, as dogs with Hanging Tongue Syndrome are also prone to infections and even frostbite on their tongue in colder climates. can be a sign of infection and should be discussed with your vet immediately. A sudden appearance of Hanging Tongue Syndrome combined with odd behavior could be a sign of neurological problems. If this is happening with your dog, consult your vet ASAP to make sure nothing too serious is happening. Introduction of New Medication The introduction of new medication into your pupБs system could be the cause of a sticking out tongue.
If your dog has recently been put on new medication and is exhibiting this symptom (or any other new symptoms or habits), consult with your vet to make sure this is the right medication for your dog or if you should change tactics. Incredibly Relaxed The good news is, sometimes a hanging out tongue isnБt a sign of anything problematic for your dog whatsoever. Sometimes a tongue hanging out for long periods of time (but not indefinitely) is a sign of pure relaxation. If your pup has just eaten a delicious meal, played to his heartБs content, or is lying next to you with their tongue hanging out for a bit, it could just mean that sheБs in pure bliss. Does your dog give you a permanent raspberry? Have there been any issues because of it? Let us know in the comments. Keep your vet appt. Lick licking or sticking the tongue out (first step before the lick) is often a sign of stress or upset stomach.
It is common with conditions such as torsion (especially if he's looking upwards while doing this - like trying to lick the air) and should not be taken lightly if your dog is showing signs of not feeling well. Have you checked his gums? If they're pale, don't wait until tomorrow (emergency vet). Pale or white gums is a sign that your dog is going into shock (which could mean infection) and/or is severely dehydrated. Pinching the skin between thumb and forefinger will also give you an idea. If it springs back to normal immediately, he's not dehydrated. But if it takes a second to slowly unstick, then you've got a problem. The eating/drinking and going to the bathroom are all good signs, so I wouldn't panic yet. But definitely keep your vet visit, and if anything changes, go today. Good luck!
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