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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.

If your dog starts drooling excessively find out what is wrong as soon as possible.
If your dog starts drooling excessively find out what is wrong as soon as possible. | Source

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

 
Poison
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
  • Gagging
  • Coughing
  • Seizures

A stick or other object can become lodged in your dogs mouth and cause excessive drooling.
A stick or other object can become lodged in your dogs mouth and cause excessive drooling. | Source

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 your Vet might 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.

If your dog has a bad tooth (or teeth) it may cause him to drool a lot.
If your dog has a bad tooth (or teeth) it may cause him to drool a lot. | Source

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

If your dog is drooling a lot and has behavioral changes, rabies has to be considered.
If your dog is drooling a lot and has behavioral changes, rabies has to be considered.

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.

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.

A strange object in your dogs mouth will always lead to excessive drooling!
A strange object in your dogs mouth will always lead to excessive drooling! | Source

This case of excessive drooling can be treated at home.

© 2015 DrMark1961

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Suhail and my dog 13 months ago from Mississauga, ON

Dr. Mark,

I can fully relate to your ordeal. This is pretty much my thing in summers of Ontario too. July-September went lazying around. K2 won't really put his heart and soul in hiking during those months hahaha.


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DrMark1961 13 months ago from The Beach of Brazil Author

Thanks, Suhail. I hope you and K2 are enjoying your Canadian fall. Down here it is hot and very dry (spring, of course) so I have only been taking my dog for long walks late at night when it is cooler.


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Suhail and my dog 13 months ago from Mississauga, ON

Very informative hub indeed! Thanks for educating us.


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DrMark1961 13 months ago from The Beach of Brazil Author

Hi Marie thanks so much for that nice comment. Hopefully most of us will not need this info but I want it out there in case someone does need it.


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MarieLB 13 months ago from Yamba

What a great hub. I had not read it before but this time I did not let it pass by! You do tackle some real difficult subjects and give us all the gen we need. Thanks DrMark 1961.


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Bob Bamberg 13 months ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

Thanks for the clarification on the timing of the symptoms, Doc. I would not want to witness a case of rabies in a human...talk about a feeling of helplessness!


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DrMark1961 13 months ago from The Beach of Brazil Author

I saw a lot more rabies when I lived in Africa, not so much now since the government comes by and gives free rabies vacc to the farmers that own dogs (which is almost everyone). I even saw it in a person once--he was bitten by a rabid dog and did not follow his vacc protocol. Really sad.

Dogs lose the ability to swallow long before showing clinical symptoms, so they drool and can pass on the rabies virus long before the dumb or violent stages. It really pays to be cautious if your dog is drooling.

I always appreciate your comments. Hopefully you will get lots of ladybug visits again this year and will be around for AT LEAST another year!!!


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Bob Bamberg 13 months ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

Great hub, Doc! It's very easy for owners to dismiss a dog's drooling because "that's what dogs do." The same with excessive scratching or body odor..."all dogs scratch" and "all dogs have doggy odor."

The reasons for uncharacteristic drooling can produce some pretty heavy consequences, though, so this hub is a real service to owners.

The rabies mention made me cognizant of the fact that we're on a worldwide stage and rabies is a problem in some parts of the world. Here in the U.S., because of the legal requirement that dogs, cats and ferrets be immunized against rabies, we don't see it too often. Once every year or two, a rabid skunk, raccoon, or bat will be confirmed locally and the alert will go out to make sure pets are vaccinated.

I'm of the belief that a rabid animal is at the terminal stage when symptoms appear, and by the time it has reached the drooling stage, it's just hours away from death, but that they can transmit the disease even before they show symptoms. Is that right?

BTW, my ladybug hub is getting a ton of hits now. This is the time of year that the phenomenon occurs. Last year, it generated 340-something dollars for me in about two weeks. This year, though, they're not clicking on the ads. I haven't reached $7 yet, lol.

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