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- Pieces of bone, whole peanuts, coiled springs and similar objects
may become wedged in the roof of the mouth. (B337.3.w3)
- Linear foreign bodies such as grass, tape and even stringy veins
from meat may become wrapped around the tongue. (B337.3.w3)
- In bears, a ring-like foreign body around the tongue. (B214.3.4.w16)
- In ferrets, usually bits of bone. (J60.11.w1)
- Poor appetite, salivation and pawing at the mouth may be seen as
with dental problems (See: Hedgehog Dental Disease).(B337.3.w3)
- If untreated this condition may lead to weight loss and
starvation (see: Starvation).
- Clinical signs of open mouth, facial swelling, pawing at the face,
anorexia and salivation may be seen if the tongue has been penetrated
by a foreign body. (B16.9.w9)
- In a Helarctos malayanus - Sun bear:
- Protrusion of the tongue, which was flabby, swollen and
- The bear was unable to close its mouth.
- A ring-like foreign body was present around the tongue.
- Drooling, face rubbing, difficulty swallowing. (J60.11.w1)
- Clawing at the mouth with the front feet (also a sign of nausea). (J213.4.w7)
- Clinical signs are suggestive; examination under anaesthesia may be
required to confirm the diagnosis.
- Similar clinical signs are seen with dental problems. (B16.9.w9,
- Similar signs may be seen with neoplastic disease of the tongue. (B16.9.w9)
- Examination of the mouth; check the palate. (J213.4.w7)
- The offending object must be removed. This will probably require
general anaesthesia. (B337.3.w3)
- Surgical removal of the foreign body generally allows rapid healing
and recovery. (B16.9.w9)
- If the tongue has been lacerated, it may be necessary to debride
necrotic tissue and close the laceration using an absorbable suture
- Antibiotics should be given white the wound heals. (B16.9.w9)
- Soft food is useful during healing. (B16.9.w9)
- In the Helarctos malayanus - Sun bear,
partial amputation of the tongue was required. (B214.3.4.w16)
- The bear was able to eat slowly after the partial amputation. (B214.3.4.w16)
- Removal of the foreign body.
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