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Excessive Canine Drooling

 Submitted by Michael Adams on May 21, 2010

It is no secret that all dogs drool. Show them a piece of meat and they’ll immediately start drooling. It is also true that some breeds drool more than others.

Boxers and Saint Bernards, for instance, are likely to drool more. This is simply because they have loose folds of skin over their faces. This loose skin prevents them from containing the drool in the mouth.

The loose folds also keep trapping the saliva from the dog’s mouth, until it begins to overflow.

Nobody likes a slobbering dog; however, if you have one, all you can do is to keep wiping the saliva off its face. If you have had the dog for long, you will be familiar with its drooling pattern. No dog likes to drool all the time. Most dogs usually drool when they see food; but if your dog is drooling a little too much, it may be because the dog has a problem or is not feeling well.

Not checking dog drool at the right time can cause dog dehydration. There are several symptoms of canine drooling, and if you can spot them, you can tell that the dog is not well. Dogs that drool abnormally may breathe very hard often and appear listless. The head shakes a lot and the dog may often be seen pawing at its mouth.

There are many causes for excessive dog drooling. Oral and dental problems are some of the most common causes of drooling in dogs. So, if your dog has been drooling abnormally, check the mouth of the dog for any foreign objects that may be stuck inside. If you see a bone, fish hook, or any other objecting sticking from its mouth, take your dog to the vet immediately so that it can be removed without causing any infection.

Also, check for any broken teeth, abscesses, swollen gums, or any other abnormality in the teeth and the gums. Dogs that have gum disease often drool a lot because of the pain and discomfort they feel. Injuries inside the mouth can also cause excessive drooling in dogs. Changes in the color of the gums or dog bad breath are some of the other indications of a periodontal disease.

Check for abnormal growth or tumors in dog mouth. You may need a flashlight to check for this. Tumors cause pain and discomfort and should be treated immediately to prevent any major damage. If you are not able to find any abnormality, take your dog to the vet for a thorough checkup.

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