Do Dogs Have Tonsils?

Do Dogs Have Tonsils?

If you’re especially well acquainted with your dog, a big yawn might reveal a pair of swollen glands on either side of the back of his throat.  Should you witness this, it’s likely your dog’s tonsils are enflamed and he is fighting an infection. It is a good idea to get your pet to a vet as soon as possible.

Dogs, like humans, have tonsils.  They serve the same purpose in dogs as they do in humans, fighting bacteria and infection that likely enter the body by mouth and nose.

However, due to the fact that dogs have a longer snout that extends deep into the face, their tonsils are placed slightly higher than in humans. 


Furthermore, a dog’s tonsils, when not inflamed, are not visible, tucked away in a pocket on either side of the dog’s throat, known as a ‘crypt’.

Small dogs and young dogs are most susceptible to tonsillitis.  It is most often caused by oral infections caused by poor dental hygiene and tartar build-up, so be sure to keep your pup’s teeth clean.  Other causes can be from chewing on sticks, allergic reactions or even fungal, viral and bacterial infections picked up from the environment.