Why is my dog drooling? What should I do when my dog drools? What breeds of dogs drool the most? There are many reasons why a dog drools. Nevertheless, this phenomenon is dreaded by dog owners because it is not only unattractive but also messy. If you are allergic to dogs, drooling nets contain allergens. Some breeds of dogs are more inclined to drool than others, it is useful to know them before adopting a dog. Learn all about the possible causes of drooling in dogs and how to treat it.
Why does a dog drool?
There are several possible causes for excessive drooling. It is not necessarily a sign of a serious illness or rabies. For example, rising temperatures can cause a dog to drool more than usual, with saliva acting as a regulator. Indeed, the dog’s saliva plays several roles.
If you find that your dog is drooling excessively and abnormally, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian to analyze the symptoms and understand why your dog is drooling significantly. Let’s look at the causes of hypersalivation in dogs.
Feeding causes drooling
The role of saliva is to facilitate the ingestion of food through lubrication. Thus, it is not uncommon to see your dog drooling when he eats his meal, a treat, or a chew bone. This is completely normal salivation, which is intended to facilitate the passage of food.
The simple smell of food or the wait for it to be given can also cause strong salivation in the dog. The expression “mouth-watering” then takes on its full meaning.
High salivation as a sign of excitement
The heat period in dogs can cause a dog to drool. When a male dog senses the presence of a female dog nearby, his testosterone level will rise and excite him, producing a rise in his body temperature which leads to increased salivation. It is the same for females, especially during their first heat when the smell of a male reaches their snout.
But all types of excitation can cause excess saliva. Going for a walk or playing tends to make the dog shake and drool more than normal.
Oral diseases causing hypersalivation
Diseases of the oral cavity can cause significant salivation: dental plaque, gingivitis, lesions on the tongue, etc. These pathologies can in some cases cause fever and increase the dog’s internal temperature, causing him to produce more saliva to regulate himself. Generally, other symptoms are noticeable when the dog suffers from gum or tooth pain, such as loss of appetite, redness, or swelling. In this situation, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian.
It is also possible that a foreign body lodged under the dog’s tongue may cause discomfort and lead to hypersalivation in an attempt to remove it. This can be hair, a tiny remnant of food, even kibble dust or grass stuck to the palate.
Dog drooling: the sign of intoxication
Dog drool is often linked to a digestive problem. The dog’s curiosity and its ability to want to eat whatever is lying around can be a danger for the dog and make it ingest toxic food: plants, medicines, household products… It will then start to drool excessively in response to the intoxication reaction, the drool can then appear foamy.
Depending on what has been swallowed, other symptoms may come into play and compromise the animal’s health. A visit to the veterinarian should be immediate, especially when it is not known what was ingested, as the consequences can be serious.
In addition to excessive salivation, the dog’s health could quickly deteriorate in case of food poisoning or poisoning. Vomiting and poor general condition could then be added to the drool. An emergency consultation with a veterinarian is then necessary to save your pet.
Dog breeds that drool naturally
Some breeds of dogs are known to drool more or less than others. The so-called brachycephalic breeds, i.e. those with a flattened face, are naturally predisposed to drool more than other dogs, as are those with droopy chops.
All dogs of the molluscoid types drool naturally, with the exception of the Cane Corso. This category of dogs includes Boxers, Bulldogs, Carriages, Mastiffs, Bulldogs, Rottweilers but also St Bernard, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Newfoundland, or Shar-Pei. All these breeds are subject to excessive salivation and there is no solution since it is a natural phenomenon. This is part of their charm.
If you have an allergy to the dog or if the animal’s drooling repels you, then the choice of a dog breed that drools little or not at all is highly recommended.
What to do against a drooling dog?
Before taking action it is necessary to define the reasons for excessive salivation. If it occurs during high heat, high activity, or during meals there is no reason to worry. Leaving water at his disposal will help him to hydrate and regulate his temperature.
Similarly, if he seems to be uncomfortable in his mouth, you can examine his oral cavity yourself to check that no foreign bodies are lodged or the presence of lesions or irritations.
However, if you are concerned about the dog’s condition and seem to have other symptoms, then you should not hesitate to consult a veterinarian who will establish a diagnosis. A false alarm is better than an untreated and worsening condition.