So children, another sciency-nerdy, more-than-you-need-to-know post….
Let it be known to all, this is why you should not let you kitties (or apparently doggies) play with strings….seriously-its just a bad idea
Below is a photo of the mouth of an itty bitty doggie. This pup seems to think she is a feline and enjoys stealing strings from around the house.
The shot is of this kiddo’s mouth with the tongue held up (so your looking under it) for a view of the frenulum…you know, that stringy thing that attaches your tongue to the bottom of your mouth.
As you may notice, there is a small white line running across the underside of the tongue (↔) where the frenulum should be…
You may also notice around the white line is very red and raw looking……
This dog ate and swallowed a long string; as the string was swallowed, it looped around the tongue. If you look to the top of the irritation, this is where the frenulum should be connected.
Unbeknownst to the owner, the dog had the string stuck around its tongue for several days, each day the string dug into and cut the frenulum and base of the tongue more and more……
Another look, after being removed and cleaned, shows you just how severe this injury was!
This dog was within 1/2 an inch of losing its tongue! After the string was removed and the wound cleaned she was treated with a 14 day course of antibiotics due to a severe infection of the injury. After her medications are finished and the infection cleared, she will undergo surgery to reattach the tissue where the frenulum used to be. Until then, she will need to be fed with a syringe (as to get around the flopping tongue) and monitored closely!
Many pet stores offer cat toys with strings and dangly thing and many pet owners alike enjoy watching their cute little kitty jump and flip for a piece of yarn or thread! BUT BEWARE! If your cat enjoys strings, string toys or is a hair elastic (or rubber band) thief, watch them carefully-this could be them!
Doesnt this just make your tongue feel gross!!!!