Lets talk tongues shall we? –
The other day – Jaxson crawled up on the couch and preceeded to lick everything –
- his private parts
- his paw
- the bottom of my foot
Besides making a mental note to wipe my feet off before climbing into bed (after all my “feet” did come AFTER his private parts) – I started to think about this particular “maintenance free” part of a dogs anatomy.
DID YOU KNOW? –
A dogs tongue has many duties and actions –
It’s a radiator, a water-lapper a healer of wounds, a food conveyor a register of tastes, a texture sensor, and a wet equivalent of a dog’s handshake. Source: PetMD
Responding to taste, touch, pain, and aiding in heat dissipation are its primary duties.
However, I found it fascinating to learn when it comes to tasting, the canine tongue can discern different sensations.
The sensation of –
- sour – is evenly dispersed over the top of the tongue
- salt – is along the lateral edges and the rear
- sweet – is along the edges and front of the tongue
Have you ever watched how effective they are when drinking? Watch closely – their tongue looks remarkably similar to a soup ladle…
Think of the tongue as a hand substitute for dogs. Dogs use their tongues to pick-up and investigate objects with their mouths. They’re able to “feel” and “identify” by both taste and texture. Their tongues are always wet due to four pairs of salivary glands that all transport the saliva into the mouth.
The tongue is “da boss!” Everything else in the mouth is an assistant.
TONGUE CHECK –
Get in the habit of working your fingers under each side of the tongue from time to time for ulcers, bruises or bumps. Inspect the underside, and glance around for odd things lurking or wedged between back teeth.
A dogs tongue is one A-mazing piece of anatomy.
Although it carries out many tasks – the one I especially enjoy serves only one function – making me giggle…
Enjoy your week – make it Doodle*tastic!
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue ❤️