When The Vet Tells You Your Dog is "Weird”

How does a dog go 8 years with a mouthful of problems you never knew about?

By | Posted: November 13, 2014, 3 p.m. PST

"Well, that was weird,” tends not to be the response you’d expect from a Veterinarian who just performed minor surgery on your dog. But when you are the parent to a French Bulldog, or at least, my French Bulldog, it’s a response that doesn’t surprise you. Just like you come to expect comments like "aww, he is such a baby” and "he makes the most unusual noises, I’ve never heard a dog talk like that,” when you tell them who you are at the office to pick up.

Huggs drool. Photo by Samantha Meyers 
The most artistic photo of a dog drooling you will ever see.

Recently my dog Huggs developed a drooling problem; one that didn’t relate to his please-feed-me-what-you-are-cooking drooling problem. He was rubbing his mouth constantly and licking his drool covered foot on the regular. I knew for sure there was a problem when it took him a whole 2 minutes to eat his food versus the usual 45 seconds. 

I tried looking in his mouth for any signs of problems, but as I should have known from our lengthy history of trying to pull tennis balls, rocks, potentially poisonous berries and other inanimate objects out of his mouth, this was a lost cause. Before I could move his floppy cheeks out of the way his jaw was locked and his head was dodging around like a bobble head on a pickup truck, making it impossible to see a thing. This dog has so many tricks, if only he would harness them for the powers of good, I’m sure he could be some kind of superhero.  

I took him to the vet, who also wasn’t able to get a great look into his mouth. She was able to find one sore inside his upper lip (he has lips) caused by the poking of his own tooth, but it was on the opposite side of his mouth as the drooling. We signed him up for a teeth cleaning under anesthesia where they could get a better look and we assumed would end up in taking out a tooth to two somewhere in the back of his mouth. 

Huggs. Photo by Samantha Meyers 
  

When the vet called, she laughed and said "well, that was weird.” She patched up his sore from the tooth, took out a completely unrelated tooth, removed a skin tag and a lone viral wart- none of which were causing the problems. In the end they had found absolutely nothing that they were looking for and determined that his squished face was simply too small to hold everything inside. Yes, that is apparently a thing. His tongue is too large to the point where he chews on the back of it and his bulldoggy cheeks were so fluffy that he had also managed to bite into those, requiring them to be trimmed down on one side.  

She also reported that upon waking he attempted to howl like a wolf, before continuing on to make his unique brand of dolphin noises requesting that he be paid attention too. Cleary, he is good as new. 

In the end I am so glad we took him and they fixed him up, but I can’t help but wonder how we managed to go 8 years without an issue when I can only assume his mouth insides had been too big all along?! It will remain a mystery to be filed away with why it takes him longer to mentally recover from nail clippings than surgical procedures.  

Have you ever had a strange or unexpected diagnosis at the vet’s office? Tell us about it in the comments below. 

Stay tuned for more from the Curious Life of Mr. Huggs

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Melian and Tiny   Etna, CA

11/18/2014 11:48:25 PM

Well, that was weird! :)

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

11/14/2014 4:22:01 AM

Interesting story!

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