Dog diseases: Excessive Drooling in Dogs

Dog diseases: Excessive Drooling in Dogs

Excessive Drooling in Dogs – Causes and Treatment

Drooling in dogs is a normal occurrence. In fact, a normal slobbering is healthy for your pet. But when this becomes excessive, it could be an indication of another condition and you should seek veterinarian help. Excessive drooling in dogs is not a normal occurrence. 

Ptyalism is a condition in which a dog salivates more than normal. It is important to note here that, due to genetic predisposition, some breeds drool more than others. Be educated on what should be the normal salivation for your breed.

What causes excessive drooling in dogs?

When a dog is drooling in excess (hypersalivation), it is an indication of a condition your dog might be going through. Sometimes, it is merely a piece of food that got stuck between the teeth or a foreign body. Other underlying reasons why a dog drools in excess are:

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Oral or dental disease
  • Abscess
  • Tumor
  • Burns
  • Ingestion of a poisonous substance
  • Viral respiratory infection
  • Esophageal and Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Rabies
  • Botulism
  • Tetanus
  • Certain plants

What are the symptoms of excessive drooling in dogs?

If the excess salivation is not indication enough that there might be something wrong with your dog, you can also check for the following symptoms:

  • Changes in his eating behavior
  • Vomiting
  • Regurgitation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pawing at the face to relieve the discomfort some dogs might have.
  • Some behavioral changes such as aggressiveness and irritability.

What can I do to prevent excessive drooling in my dog?

Once again, if you notice that your dog is drooling more than normal, you should go visit the vet. The first concern is to find out what is the reason for the excess drooling and how to best help you solve the issue. If your dog has been suffering ptyalism for any amount of time and cannot eat, experts recommend nutritional supplements.    

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