What Are Those Black Spots on a Dog’s Tongue, Anyway?
What causes black spots on a dog’s tongue?
Black spots are simply pigmentation. Just like certain breeds have darker “points” or spots, spots on a dog’s tongue are pigmented skin cells. Points, in terms of dog coloring, refer to the lips, nose, eye rims, paw pads, and toenails of a dog. Many breeds have darker lips and noses, and that pigmentation can also be found in their tongues and gums.
What do black spots on a dog’s tongue look like?
Pigmented spots have the same texture as the dog’s tongue, but the skin appears black or blue. These spots may change over time, and are perfectly normal. Most dogs are born with these spots or develop them when they are young.
What dog breeds have black spots on their tongues?
Some dog breeds, like the Chow Chow and the Chinese Shar Pei, require a blue-black tongue in the broad standard. Black spots, on the other hand, can appear in any width, but are more common in broads with black points.
Are black spots ever a problem?
Pigmented spots are normal. However, if the spots start to change rapidly or if the texture of the spot is raised or different, call your veterinarian. Colors besides bluish black, and a foul odor, are also causes for concern, as they could be signs of a more serious problem. If you have any questions about your dog’s tongue, do not hesitate to ask your veterinarian.
Your dog’s black spot is nothing to worry about. It does not mean that your dog is not purebred, or that there is something wrong with his tongue. What it does mean is that there is one more unique thing about him to love.