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Your dog relies on their tongue to eat, drink, clean themselves, and give off excess heat on a hot summer day. Injuries to this long muscle can be painful and debilitating for your pup. Signs of tongue trauma aren't always obvious, so owners should check their pet's mouth for signs of health problems at least once a week.

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Punctures and cracking

When it comes to eating strange plants and fighting other animals, your dog's tongue is at the forefront. An unfriendly canine tooth can easily pierce your dog's tongue when confronted, and your pet could accidentally bite itself. Your puppy can also do serious damage to its tongue by muzzling sharp plant stems and seeds with spikes or ridges. Open injuries in the mouth can become infected, especially bite wounds from other animals.

Burn wounds

Modern homes are filled with electrical appliances, heat sources, and toxic chemicals that can scald your dog's tongue. While some burns cause minor damage, serious injuries can leave permanent deformities in the muscle, according to the Merck Pet Health Guide. Burns from electrical cables can scar or even destroy your puppy's gums or teeth. Your pet can also burn their tongue by licking a grill, oven, or other hot surface, killing the top layers of their skin in the process. Harsh chemicals, such as drain cleaners and bleach, will destroy the lining of your dog's oral cavity, tongue, and throat after ingestion.


Even a minor tongue injury can have major consequences if infectious bacteria or viruses colonize the wound. Inflammation of the tongue can be caused by physical injury, burns, and other types of injuries. Dental infections of the teeth and gums can also spread to the tongue muscle if left untreated. Stings from bees, porcupines, and other poisonous creatures can cause sudden inflammation and swelling. Allergic reactions to toxins can close your dog's throat in minutes. See a doctor immediately. Synthetic threads, botanicals, and foreign bodies can lodge deep under your dog's tongue, causing pain and discoloration throughout the muscles.

Signs of injury

Tongue injuries are common in puppies and adult dogs alike. It's hard for owners to figure out how serious the symptom-only problem is, so it is important to see a doctor if you discover signs of oral stress in your pet. Dogs with damaged tongues tend to avoid the bowls of food and water, which can lead to dehydration or malnutrition. Tongue sores and sores can also make your dog particularly bad breath or make him drool uncontrollably. He may also whistle or whimper persistently on the side of his face when trying to groom or eat.

  • Punctures and cracking
  • Burn wounds
  • inflammation
  • Signs of injury
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