Reasons Why Do Dogs Stick Their Tongue Out

The internet loves a video of a dog with their tongue sticking out. It’s cute, it’s quirky, and it gives your pet a fun personality online.

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There are a couple of reasons why your best furry friend may leave their tongue sticking out, even when they’re not actively licking you. Here are some of the most common ones. 

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When a new medicine is introduced to a dog, any number of possible side effects can occur. One of them just might be a lolling tongue.


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Dental Issues

If your dog’s tongue is hanging out of its mouth, some toothy abnormalities may be to blame.



Hanging Tongue Syndrome

This is a genetic condition usually found in some small dog breeds with brachycephalic (or “smooshed”) faces, like pugs and Pekingese.

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Most of the time tumors that develop on the tongue are malignant, although it is possible for benign papillomatosis to form. 


Neurological Problems

They may have received trauma to the head or jaw unknown to you, and getting to the vet as soon as possible is the best thing to do.

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