Drooling in dogs
Some breeds of dogs tend to drool or slobber more than others. Dogs with loose skin around their mouth or loose lips will drool more than tight lipped breeds. For example a St. Bernard will drool more than a Doberman due to their muzzle structure. However, if your dog seems to drool more than normal or if your dog starts to drool and they have not done this before, it is time to take a close look at what is going on. Drooling can cause dehydration if it is not taken care of. If your dog is drooling excessively you must look inside the dog’s mouth. If you cannot do this an immediate trip to your veterinarian is in order.
Some of the most common causes for excessive drooling are as follows:
1. One of the most common causes of excessive drooling are dental issues. This can include a cracked tooth, a gum infection, a sore in the dog’s mouth or a broken tooth. Often if a dental issue is involved the dog’s eating habits will change as well which is another sign to look for. When you examine your dog’s mouth look for expose roots, redness, pus, inflamed gums tartar buildup or anything that does not look healthy or normal. By checking your dog’s teeth on a regular basis and brushing them with dog tooth paste or gel, you will be able to identify problems before they become major issues.
2. When you examine your dog’s mouth look for pus. Even a small amount can indicate a bacterial infection. In most cases the dog will have a very bad odor, more than normal bad doggy breath. It helps to know what your dog’s normal mouth odor is so that you can quickly identify a problem.
3. Check your dog’s mouth for cuts and/or blood. You can do this by using a gauze pad and collect the drool to see if it is any shade of red or pink. You can wipe the inside of the dog’s mouth and tongue as well. This is helpful with small dogs since you may not be able to see inside of their mouth easily. If you do wipe the dog’s mouth do so very gently in the event that there is a sore spot or a foreign object in their mouth.
4. Look for foreign objects in your dog’s mouth, especially if you have a dog that likes to chew on sticks. Although you may do your best to prevent the dog from chewing sticks, they always manage to get one when you are not looking anyway. If you have a “rock hound” who likes to carry or chew rocks, you must also check carefully since a sharp edge can cut the inside of the dog’s mouth.
5. Insect bites or stings can cause drooling. Some dogs, especially young dogs may chase a bee or other stinging insect and be stung inside their mouth. If you suspect that this happened and the dog’s face or tongue swells, immediately take him to the veterinarian since your dog may be having an allergic reaction. Often if this happens the dog will paw at their face or run their face on the ground.
The main point to remember is that if your dog drools for more than a day, it is best to schedule a veterinarian visit to check why. If you see any sign of blood you must take your dog to the veterinarian right away. If there is bacteria in the dog’s mouth, especially if there are dental issues involved, it can lead to heart problems and death. Most mouth problems must be treated by a veterinarian.