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my dog started continuously licking and sticking her tongue

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my dog started continuously licking and sticking her tongue out. This has been going on for about 2 hrs. I know that she probally just has something stuck to the roof of her mouth or bit her tongue. I don't see anything and it is making both of us nervous. Any ideas
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  SmAnimalVet replied 7 years ago.



My name isXXXXX and hopefully I can help you out with this. One of the best ways to check is to open her mouth and see if she has anything stuck. Blood usually accompanies a tongue that has been bitten and I assume you would have put that in your message if she has.


A couple of other things can make dogs act like this. If she happened to get a hold of something bitter or something that is making her nauseous, she could be licking and salivating. I have also seen dogs who have severe dental disease like their lips a lot.


Look in her mouth if she will let you and let me know what you find



Dr. Bone

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I don't see anything in her mouth. And no blood. She is breathing fine and comes to you when you call her name.She is just licking everything in site and I don't think it is anything big but like i said we are both getting nervous.
Expert:  SmAnimalVet replied 7 years ago.

I probably wouldn't get too worked up over it. I'm gonna bet she just got a taste of something that didn't agree with her. I can't think of any immediately life-threatening problems that manifest as this so I think you should be ok overnight. She begins to act strangely...breathing funny or being lethargic then it may be worthwhile to take her in, but I would rest easy


Dr. Bone

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Do you know of anything I could do to get her to stop?
Expert:  SmAnimalVet replied 7 years ago.
I think that she may just have to work her way out of this...especially if she did get a hold of something. Make sure plenty of water is available...maybe give her something to chew on
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

So you don't think it's anything neurological?

Expert:  SmAnimalVet replied 7 years ago.
With no other clinical signs and such a quick onset I wouldn't think it highly unlikely. There are some neurological diseases that can manifest simlar to this...but before jumping the gun I'd give her a night Smile
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you very much. Saved me an embarassing trip to the 24hr animal hospital.
Expert:  SmAnimalVet replied 7 years ago.
no problem...have a good night!
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