Why do dogs drool?

April 13, 2012

When Your Dog is Drooling

It is normal when your dog drools at the sight of food. Drooling is also a normal reaction to stress for some pooches. Some dog breeds drool more because the breed has looser lips than other dog breeds.

An over stimulated dog can start to drool suddenly. It could be the stress of being near the puppies of another dog. Some dogs drool when company arrives.

On the more serious side of drooling, your dog could have dental or mouth problems. Other problems that can cause drooling include digestive problems, illness, allergic reaction or poisoning.

Different Causes for Sudden Drooling

If your dog suddenly starts to drool all of a sudden, it could be a sign of different conditions that require medical attention. Drooling could be the first sign that something is wrong with your dog. It is important that you determine the cause of drooling so that you can protect your pet’s health. You should have your veterinarian check your pet for proper diagnosis and treatment because there are many serious causes of sudden dog drooling including dental problems, serious illness and poisoning.

Dental and Mouth Problems

There are a variety of dental and mouth problems that can cause drooling. If your pet has a problem associated with their teeth, mouth or throat, you might be able to assess the problem if you can make a careful check of your pet’s teeth, mouth and throat. If your dog yelps when it catches a thrown object, it may be a signal that a tooth has been cracked. It could be that the tooth may have cracked without your knowledge and has now become infected which also causes drooling.

Drooling may be caused by a splinter acquired through chewing on wooden objects such as sticks and furniture. A piece of wood may also be lodged between teeth. It could also be that an object has become lodged under the tongue, roof of the mouth or in your dog’s throat.

A curious dog may put their mouth too close to an insect, beehive or other insect nest. Insect bites, spider bites and bee stings can cause drooling and you may notice swelling.

A dog with the condition known as periodontal disease, the condition of infected or irritated gums, will drool.

Drooling from Nausea, Digestive Problems and Illness

A dog may drool in response to nausea such as that caused by carsickness. Digestive problems can cause drooling in dogs. If your dog has a combination of symptoms including drooling or foaming, a hard stomach, and frequent attempts at vomiting, this can indicate a potentially deadly case of gastric distortion volvulus which is also known as bloat. This condition can kill a dog within hours. Other digestive problems that can cause drooling

Drooling may also be present in some health conditions and other illnesses including heat stroke, epilepsy, hepatic encephalopathy, pseudo rabies and masticatory muscle myositis. Drooling accompanied by a cough could indicate heart trouble.

Drooling from Allergic Reaction and Poisoning

Your dog may drool uncontrollably after eating poison or being exposed to a food to which it has an allergic reaction. It is important that you act quickly if you think that your pet has been poisoned or if your pet’s throat is swelling as a part of an allergic reaction.

Sometimes a vague symptom, unusual drooling can indicate a problem. When your pet begins to drool more than usual or uncontrollably, it is important that you act quickly to find the cause. Depending on how serious the condition is, your pet’s health or life may be at stake.

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