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Dogs With Abnormally Long Tongues

Health risks for dogs with extremely long tongues...

On this week's New Bondi Vet, we meet Millie, a gorgeous Pug with an abnormally long tongue.

Although Millie's condition looks unique, the issue she has is quite common.

The challenge for dogs with squishy faces such as Pugs is the difficulty of being able to fit everything inside their mouths. This is because their faces are already quite flat.

Dogs do not have the ability to sweat, so affectively the only way they are able to cool themselves down is to pant.

Just like Millie, a problem that may persist in dogs with this issue is having an extremely dry tongue. This may lead to cracking and swelling.

Also as the tongue dries out, it becomes heavier which may also result in the tongue becoming longer. If this is left untreated, it may cause great discomfort for the animal.

If you are worried your pet has any extreme abnormalities, do not hesitate to bring them in for a veterinary examination.

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2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.