A dog owner has issued a stark warning on a little-known sign that your dog needs immediate help, after she learnt to spot it ‘the hard way’ when her dog went into cardiac arrest
Spotting one little-known change in your dog’s appearance could save their life.
A dog owner has issued a stark warning to others to look out for one key indicator that your furry friend isn’t feeling well, as she said she learnt how to spot it “the hard way” when her dog went into cardiac arrest. The woman, named Sutton, said knowing this information could help save your dog’s life, and she decided to share it online after speaking to other pet owners who also had no idea how to spot the warning sign.
Sutton’s dog went into cardiac arrest after struggling to get enough oxygen. When humans don’t get enough oxygen, parts of our bodies such as our lips begin to turn blue, and it’s a similar story for dogs. However, because dogs don’t have as much exposed skin as we do, you have to look elsewhere – their tongues.
In a video posted on her @suttonloves account on TikTok, the woman shared: “If you have a dog, this info could save their life. I learned this the hard way last week when my dog went into cardiac arrest. It’s one small thing that you can easily check that I had never known after owning my dog for years and owning dogs all growing up. But if your dogs have always been healthy, there would be no reason to learn this. After telling two other people who are dog owners and them not knowing about it, I knew I had to make this video.”
Sutton went on to confirm that her dog “did make it”, but said that learning about the warning sign on the pooch’s tongue helped make sure her pet could get the help they needed in time.
She explained that she had noticed her dog acting “grumpier” than usual, but at first, she believed it was just because her “very sassy little dog” was getting older. However, it turned out that the real problem was much more severe – her dog wasn’t getting enough oxygen.
“A dog has no exposed skin,” Sutton continued, “Which means that they could be suffocating due to an invisible medical condition right next to you and you can have no idea – or can you? You can, that’s why I made this .”
Sutton then said the vital step you need to take is to check your dog’s tongue. “This will appear very dark on the underside of the tongue, kind of like, branching out from the middle. The top side of the tongue will turn dark as well.”
She added that during her dog’s health problems, there were times in which the pooch’s tongue was so dark it was “almost black”. She now checks her dog’s tongue several times a day, and is calling for all pet owners to take note of this vital tip that could help save the life of a furry friend.
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