What is hanging tongue syndrome?

Hanging tongue syndrome can be painful for dogs.

Some pooches have longer tongues than others and there's a reason behind it. It's a condition called hanging tongue syndrome. Owners should investigate if their four-legged friends' tongues dangle more than normal because it could be painful for the animals. 

According to Dog Channel, here are some possible causes:

  • Damage to facial nerves
  • Missing teeth or a dental issue
  • Insufficient space in the mouth
  • Inability to control the tongue.

Many of the factors of hanging tongue syndrome aren't health related, the Seattle Times pointed out. The condition typically occurs in smaller breeds and you can tell over time whether your dog may have it. If his tongue constantly lolls, schedule an appointment with the veterinarian.

The treatment for hanging dog syndrome depends heavily on the cause. If it's a neurological issue, the pup may need surgery. He may also need dental work. It's important to take care of the issue right away because dogs use their tongues for so many daily rituals, like cleaning themselves, eating and kissing their owners, explained Canidae.

The issue isn't typically linked to parasites, however, owners should continue to give their pooches a Hartz® flea and tick treatment. Fleas can lead to a number of other diseases, which can exacerbate any other issues.


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