Tue, Dec 26, 2023

so my son who is 5 like to let the dog lick his face sometime for fun has the dog was licking his face my son stop and say dad i think sometime wrong with nic and i say what wrong and he say his tongue is too wet and slobbery which is never the case so then i have him drink some water and then this tongue was still dry

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A dog's tongue should typically be moist, as saliva plays a crucial role in their oral health and digestion. There are several potential causes to consider.

Firstly, dehydration could be a reason for the dryness of the tongue. Ensure that your dog has constant access to fresh water and encourage him to drink. You can check for signs of dehydration by gently lifting the skin on the back of the neck.

Another possibility is that your dog could be experiencing an oral or dental issue, such as gingivitis, a tooth abscess, or a foreign object lodged in the mouth, which could be causing increased salivation and the perception of a dry tongue due to thickened saliva. Carefully inspect your dog's mouth for any signs of redness, swelling, or foreign objects, taking care not to get bitten.

Heatstroke is another serious condition that can cause changes in saliva production and consistency. If your dog has been in a hot environment or exercised vigorously, look for signs of heatstroke, which include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, and a rapid heartbeat.

While at home, keep a close eye on your dog's overall behavior and hydration status. If you notice any of the following, it would be time to take your dog to the hospital:

- Persistent dryness of the tongue despite adequate water intake
- Swelling or bleeding in the mouth
- Any difficulty breathing or changes in breathing patterns
- Extreme lethargy or unresponsiveness
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea

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