7 Reasons Why Your Dog Is Drooling Too Much and Why You Should Be Worried
Has your dog started to drool a lot? If your dog does not normally drool a lot but has started drooling everywhere, find out what is wrong and what you can do about it.
Excessive drooling is one of the worst problems for some dog owners. Every time the dog goes to the water dish he leaves a mess, and a dog with facial hair is that much harder to clean up after. If you bought a drooler like a St. Bernard you might have known what you were getting in for, but if your dog was never a drooler before there might be something you can do about it.
Reasons Your Dog Might Be Drooling a Lot
Foreign body in the mouth
Dental problems (like an abscessed tooth)
Nausea or painful abdomen
Cancer in the mouth
Contagious disease that does not allow him to swallow—Think Rabies First!
Other less common causes, like a portosystemic shunt, myasthenia gravis, polymyositis
Besides Drooling, Other Signs You Might Notice
Some of these things may have been going on for a while and you have not noticed them or just figured they were a normal part of a dog´s life. Pay attention!
- Bad breath
- Losing weight
- Sensitive to any touching around the mouth
If you have looked at the reasons your dog might be drooling excessively, you have noticed that some of them are serious but many of them are nothing to be worried about. Unfortunately, you need to find out, and fast.
If your dog is drooling because of cancer, and you let it go for a few weeks, there may be no way to save him.
And do you really want a dog with advanced rabies running around your house?
Find out what is going on today.
Some of the Tests That Your Vet May Need to Run
- Exam under anesthesia to look for any lesions: Some of these causes will make a dog very sensitive under examination and the only way to find out what is wrong is to do an exam while your dog is under sedation.
- Neurological exam
- CBC-a complete blood count to determine if there is an infection
- A screen for poisons
- X-ray: If your dog has a tumor, for example, it may appear small but if it has invaded the jaw or sinuses it will not do much good to just remove it.
- Serum biochemistry
- Urinalysis to look for metabolic problems.
- Abdominal ultrasound if your dog is feeling nausea but the cause cannot be determined.
Possible Treatments for Excessive Drooling
This will really depend on the cause, but do not assume this is going to be something that you will not be able to treat.
- Remove a lodged stick or other foreign object from the mouth
- Extract an abscessed broken tooth
- Treat an infectious disease with antibiotics
- Remove a tumor from the mouth
Schedule a Visit With Your Vet Now
If your dog has a stick lodged in her mouth, a broken tooth, or is just salivating a lot because of something she ate, you should schedule a visit with your regular vet now and help her feel better. This drooling problem can clear up right away or in a few days and your lives can return to normal.
Some dogs have a more serious cause, of course, like a cancer growing in the mouth, but the sooner you take your dog in the better her chances of recovering.
Get her in today. If your regular veterinarian cannot schedule an appointment for your dog take her to an emergency clinic.
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Some tumors in the mouth are easy to remove. If you do not take care of it right away, however, your dog can end up like this.
This case of excessive drooling can be treated at home.
Questions & Answers
My dog has recently just started drooling in his sleep, his beard is always soaked. I don’t know if it’s because of the hot weather or not but he’s never been one to drool. He is a pure bread havanese and has been throwing up not regularly but a few times in a month. Is this serious?
Although you do not indicate what age your Havanese is, the most likely problem with excessive drooling in this breed is dental problems. It would also account for the periodic vomiting, since if he is swallowing a mouthful of pus from time to time it will upset his stomach.
Get him checked out as soon as possible. The vet can look at his teeth, feel for any loose ones, but may have to do an x-ray to look for infections deep in the roots.
He may also need to be put on antibiotics before the procedure.Helpful 14
How do I know if my dog had a seizure?
The only way to tell for sure if your dog had a seizure is to see it happen. After, a dog will have symptoms like excessive drooling, stiffness when walking and getting up slowly, and in some cases, a dog will be disoriented and may even bite (even if he would not normally do so).
My dog just started to express a lot of water from his mouth. It isn’t thick drool. It’s like he’s just come from his water dish with water in his mouth. What might be the cause?
Some dogs will have very thin saliva, so any of the reasons in the article (foreign body in the mouth, etc.) are a possibility.
It is also possible that the water coming out of his mouth is a very thin vomit. The most likely reason for a very thin liquid like you describe is a toxic plant or grass. You can read https://pethelpful.com/dogs/my-dog-is-vomiting for more possibilities and try to hold off on food to see how he does. However, if this continues, you are going to need to take him to your regular vet for an exam.Helpful 1
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Why is my four-year-old Mastiff slobbering like crazy?
If your dog starts drooling excessively, a lot more than is normal, consider all of the causes in the table posted in the article. You will need to have his mouth examined and determine if there is a foreign body, and injury, or a broken and abscessed tooth. Get your Mastiff in to see your regular veterinarian as soon as possible.
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