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Excessive Puppy Drooling

 Submitted by Michael Adams on April 16, 2010

While having a dog as a pet is a very gratifying relationship because of the companionship and affection the animal shows towards its owner, an excessive puppy drooling could cause a number of problems for the owner. Not only will the animal require the owner to change his or her apparel every few hours, especially when the animal is being overly affectionate, it will have the same effect on guests and visitors – which could be a source of considerable embarrassment. If you specifically want to avoid housing a dog that drools, you should keep that in mind when picking out the dog you want as a pet.

This is primarily because some dog breeds are known to drool more than others. Some of the breeds that have a reputation for excessive canine drooling include bloodhounds, bassett hounds, clumber spaniels, Great Pyrenees, mastiffs and Saint Bernards amongst others. If you are really fond of any of these dogs and wouldn’t mind the drooling, it helps to keep a cloth constantly handy to help clean the animals muzzle after it eats or drinks as it will keep the spread of saliva to a minimum even if it doesn’t eliminate slobber from a drooling dog.

Other dogs may suffer from canine drooling as a result of a combination of a number of factors. Some dogs have a tendency to eat very fast – thereby ingesting too much air in the process. The result of the sudden rush of food ad air will cause the stomach to twist and prevent the food from moving into the intestines – lading to a condition known as gastric torsion. Excessive drooling and a hard stomach are two of the more prominent symptoms of the condition. There is also the likelihood of an insect bite or an allergic reaction causing the entire problem. Checking your pet for spider bites or bee stings, especially around the animals muzzle, will help identify if these were the primary causes.

Oral hygiene is another very prominent factor that influences the development of excessive drool. Gum diseases, infected teeth and the development of plaque are the most common causes and are a regular occurrence because of the fact that dogs have a tendency to chew on items like splinter of wood, a rock chip or even grass, which could all get stuck in the gum and lead to excessive bleeding. In most cases, solving the oral problems of a dog will help control the problems of excessive dog drooling.

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