Posted Jun 9, 2017 in Dog Questions
Many things our dogs do are the cutest. We love the way they run to us at the door or kiss us after a long day at work. One thing we don’t love is how much our dog’s drool. It can be gross or even frustrating to watch our dog slobber all over the new couch or our favorite pillow. Drooling is obviously a relatively normal act for our dogs. However, too much drool can mean there is a bigger problem that you’re unaware of. Here are some reasons your dog could be excessively drooling and some tips on how to identify and fix these problems!
The first thing you should do if you suspect your dog might be drooling too much is to check out their mouth. Look inside and see if there is anything in there that shouldn’t be, such as foreign objects. Having a splinter, glass, or another small object stuck in their teeth, gums, throat, etc. could lead to their slobbering. When you’re looking for objects, also look for any injury that could have happened. Look for bleeding or discoloration that could’ve been caused by a sharp object or another incident. If you notice this, swab their mouth with hydrogen peroxide to treat the injury. Do what you can by removing the object or treating the cut, but if you think it is beyond your abilities, call your vet.
While we always are concerned about brushing our teeth and keeping our mouths healthy, sometimes we can forget about our dog’s oral hygiene. When tartar builds up on our dog’s teeth, it can cause drooling. Look at your dog’s teeth. Is their browning on their teeth or red swollen gums? If so, tartar could be building up and causing their excessive slobber. If you see this, go to the vet so they can clean your dog’s teeth and advise you. Another cause can be a cracked tooth or a mouth ulcer/growth. Your vet can help you treat this issues and it turn, hopefully decrease the drooling.
Another cause of the drooling can be a stressful or new situation. If you’re going on a car ride or heading to a new place that your pup isn’t familiar with, they could start drooling because they are very anxious. To avoid this slobber and stress, gradually introduce these new situations to your dog. For example, if your dog hates car rides, build up shorter rides to get them adjusted and they will begin to feel less stressed.
If it is summer time or you live in a hot climate, your pup could be getting overheated. The risk of our dog’s overheating and having a heatstroke is obviously high, especially if they aren’t getting the hydration they need. If your dog has been outside and seems to be acting lethargic, unresponsive, and is drooling, it can be from a heatstroke. Go to the vet immediately if you notice these signs. If you are planning to spend a long day outside in the heat, bring lots of water to prevent your dog getting to the point of a heat stroke.
Liver and kidney disease can also be the cause of an excessive amount of drool. First examine your dog’s mouth, teeth, and the other causes listed above. If you still don’t know what it is, it could be a liver or kidney problem. Visit your vet and let them know your concerns. It is better to be safe and check out these diseases early so they don’t become even more serious and cause more problems.
While slobbering is not something we can completely eliminate, it can be a problem if there is too much. You can solve these problems with some simple solutions. If you still can’t end the drooling, call or visit your vet as soon as possible!
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