Why Does My Dog Stick The Tip of His Tongue Out?

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Why does my dog stick the tip of his tongue out? It’s a common question that many dog owners have. It might be because your dog is just hot.

Dogs have very few sweat glands, so it’s possible that they are trying to cool down by panting or sticking their tongue out.

It could also mean that your pup is trying to taste something or keep his nose dry. Or, it could even mean that your little pup has a mouth and nose full of water and needs to breathe! 

Another reason for sticking their tongue out is that they’re dehydrated and need water. When we get thirsty, we develop a dry mouth and our tongues want to stick out. Dogs can feel thirst too! 

Here, we’ll take a look at the most common reasons why dogs stick their tongue out and some ways to tell if there might be an underlying health issue.

Why does my dog stick the tip of his tongue out?

Dogs are highly expressive animals, and dogs may stick their tongue out for a variety of reasons. This includes intense feeling (like happiness), intense frustration, intense interest, intense hunger, or just to lick their face or mouth.

Some common causes of dogs sticking their tongue out include:

  1. Sticking the tongue out is a natural behavior that helps dogs cool off 
  2. Dogs may stick their tongue out when they are happy or excited 
  3. They may also do it when they are confused or frustrated 
  4. The dog’s mouth may be dry from panting in the hot weather 
  5. A dog may also stick his tongue out if he is hungry

What are the most common reasons for sticking the tongue out?

In some cases, it’s normal for dogs to stick out their tongues to stimulate their olfactory (smelling) sense. If you feel your pup’s tongue has been sticking out of its mouth a lot recently, you should contact your vet.

Also, don’t be alarmed if your pup looks like he’s flapping his tongue. He’s probably just getting his tongue clipped, so he doesn’t flap it in the air. We often see this when we clip the dog’s nails, which can cause them to fling their tongue in the air.

The most common reason for dogs sticking out their tongues is that they’re hot.

The temperature outside is around 38C, and the dog’s fur is as flat as a pancake, so they can’t cool off. Dog breeds that have a long coat are particularly prone to this because the dog can’t cool itself.

What are some ways to tell if there might be an underlying health issue?

The first thing you can do to help your dog is taking your dog to the vet. If your dog is doing something that you would expect a dog to do, like wagging its tail, you are probably not dealing with an underlying health issue.

If your dog is actively scratching itself, particularly its legs, it could be a sign of fleas. A lot of people don’t realize that fleas can also cause skin allergies in dogs, which can be a sign of flea infestation.

If your dog is missing its toenails, there could be a lot more going on than we realize. Usually, this would only be a problem when your dog is in some sort of pain, but you could also be missing the actual nail itself and it’s not looking like the nail.

When should I be worried?

If you notice your dog sticking his tongue out often, you can ask your veterinarian to check for a tongue-tie or lip tie.

If a dog has a tongue-tie, it’s a process that will need to be corrected with an e-prong collar to release the tongue muscles and promote jaw flexibility.

A tongue-tie might also be the reason your dog is drooling. The pyloric sphincter, which acts like a car brake, controls the flow of food from the stomach into the small intestine.

If the tight muscle is not working correctly, food can back up into the stomach, causing excessive drooling.

A tongue-tie or lip tie could also mean a problem with the salivary glands and possibly mouth rot.

Conclusion

Here’s a look at a good list of the most common reasons for your dog sticking his tongue out. But, if your pup has any of the below conditions, then see your veterinarian for further evaluation.

Heat

Even just a little bit of heat can make our tongues stick out. So, it’s possible that your dog is hot.

Dogs can become overheated quickly if they are outside or not given enough water. If your dog is hot, it’s time to give him some water and then get him inside.

Also, if your dog starts sticking his tongue out, it’s a good time to take him to a veterinarian.
Dry Mouth

Even if your dog has just come back from a walk, he may be dehydrated. You might notice that your pup is tongue-tied.

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