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My dog had all of her teeth pulled at her last dental, now her tongue hangs out. Why is that?


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  1. Silvermane

    To paraphrase Freud, sometimes a hanging tongue, is just a hanging tongue! It’s not because of Spleen Qi, strokes or some kind of brain damage, it’s because there are no teeth to hold the tongue in, and it slips out, plain and simple. Our Mexican rescue has bad teeth due to either distemper in her early puppy days, or her mother having distemper while pregnant. When she lost her bottom canines, her tongue started to hang out. She was 3 years old, is otherwise 100% healthy and eats a great diet.

  2. Donna Chicone

    Thank you for this very helpful information. My dog is getting older now and has no teeth problems but I know dogs who do. I am also someone who likes to know the “why” behind the situation. I enjoyed reading your response.

  3. Jackie Earnshaw, CPDT-KA

    Thanks Doc. Interesting reply. It makes sense to those of us who believe in holistic medicine.

  4. Marie

    Cool answer! I did not know about the side the tongue falls on had to do with anything else. But, I also know where there’s no teeth to hold in the tongue, those pink little things tend to stick out a bit. 🙂 I, too, really appreciate this answer from an integrative and medical point of view! And as I think of it, my young cat has no teeth, and her tongue stays put. Very interesting!

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