I have an 8-week-old Reagle (Beagle/Rottweiler). He is the perfect little puppy, so well behaved, smart, and listens well. I've had him for three days and I've noticed that his tongue has turned white! I noticed when he was drinking water this morning that it was just a pale white color. I'm very worried and wondering if I should take him to the vet. His name is Arnold, by the way. There isn't anything that is wrong with him, as far as I can tell. He is acting perfectly normal. Yesterday my nephew tried to pick him up and did drop him upside down, but he seemed absolutely fine. Don't worry, I'm not letting him near my puppy again! I am just really worried and kind of puzzled why his tongue would be white. Like I said, he is otherwise acting normal. He does have a white colored bone chew toy that he chews on a lot. I don't know if that could cause his tongue to turn white or not. But, it isn't going away and his tongue is still white and has been like that since this morning. I am very careful not to let him get into anything dangerous. There is nothing within his reach that could harm him, to my knowledge. It has been about four hours that his tongue has been white, so I'm wondering if I should take him to the vet.
Did you notice this from one day to the next? If his "tongue tone" was normal then suddenly turned white after playing with his chew toy, then your theory that his chew toy is to blame is probably right.
Here are a couple of things to look at as health indicators that could offer clues. If his tongue is white due to anemia, then his gums will also look whitish instead of a healthy pink color. Also look under his eyelids. Here again you should see a healthy interleaving of pink and red vessels. If it looks white with little or no pink, then there may be a problem. If his gums or lids looks yellow, your puppy may be sick and in need of fairly urgent care.
Thrush is a fungal disease of the mouth that can infect dogs that are immune suppressed. This would look like a white coating on the tongue or white patches in the lining of the mouth or throat. Thrush infected dogs have VERY bad breath. In any event, if it does not correct soon or you are sufficiently worried, have it looked at.
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