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Can My Dog’s Tongues Get Stuck on His Water Bowl?

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dog tongue winter albuquerque vet

A scene from “A Christmas Story”

Is it possible for a dog’s tongue to get stuck on a metal water bowl? If you have seen the movie “A Christmas Story” then you are likely thinking yes. Well, you would be right. It is possible for your dog, or cat, to get their tongues stuck to the water bowl if it is cold enough.

If you are using a metal water bowl, and it is below freezing, it is possible for their tongue to get stuck. What happens is the heat from their tongue is sapped by the metal before it gets a chance to warm up the metal surface, then their saliva freezes. This causes a bond between their tongue and the metal.

If your pet gets their tongue stuck and they do not pull it away immediately, take warm water and pour it over their tongue where it is connected to the bowl. The warm water will melt the ice bond and safely disconnect their tongue from the water bowl. If they jerked their tongue away, they will likely lose some skin off their tongue. You should call the vet to get it looked at in case they want to put them on preventative antibiotics. Unless they need stitches, which is unlikely, there is not much you can do but wait for it to heal. Consult your Albuquerque vet before giving them any kind of pain killer.

This is why it is important to provide your dog, or cat, with a plastic water bowl. Also make sure to break up any ice that forms in their water and provide them with clean, fresh, warm water to drink.

How to Build an Dog Shelter

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It is best if your dog can be inside during the winter. But not everyone is able to bring their dog inside. If you cannot bring your dog inside then you need to make sure they have a suitable shelter. Here are tips for building a good winter dog shelter.

  1. Pick a good spot
    One that is out of the wind is ideal. This will help keep their shelter warmer. Pick a spot that is elevated, if possible. This will help keep it dry.
  2. Insulation
    Many dog houses come with insulation. If they do not, you will want to add it when you are building. You can use styrofoam sheets or polystyrene to go in between the walls. You can put straw or cedar chips down on the ground to add insulation to the floor and make laying down warmer.
  3. Check for holes.
    It is easy for dog houses to get holes from your dog digging or just regular wear and tear. Those holes are a big source of heat loss. Check your structure for holes and plug them up.

Here is a great video that will take you step-by-step through the building process.

If you see your dog is lethargic, not eating or drinking, vomiting or any abnormal behaviors, make sure to bring them to your Albuquerque vet immediately to check for health issues associated with cold.

How to Build a Feral Cat Shelter

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Winter can be a dangerous time for feral cats. At Vetco, we work with non-profits to help care for the Albuquerque feral cat population. But there are things you can do to help. The best way to help is to give them a shelter to keep out of the cold.

Here is a great video we found that demonstrates how to build a good feral cat shelter.

Please be careful when dealing with feral cats. They are called feral for a reason. They are not usually people friendly. They are not the same as stray cats who have been socialized. Providing them shelter is a very nice thing to do to keep them safe, but do not try to pet them. Be safe and stay safe. Also, if you see their ear has been tipped, this means they have been altered (spayed or neutered).

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.