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Why Is My Dog Drooling Excessively? Symptoms, Causes And Treatment

Why Is My Dog Drooling Excessively? Symptoms, Causes And Treatment

Drooling excessively is a common problem that many pet owners deal with. We may be tempted to think that drooling is just a normal part of being a dog, but it isn't always the case.

There are many reasons for excessively drooling, including anxiety, dental problems, or even hot weather.

Drooling can also be an indicator of something more serious like heart disease or neurological problems.

So if you notice your dog drooling excessively, here are some things to keep in mind before consulting your veterinarian.

Section 1: What is my dog drooling excessively?
Section 2: What are the symptoms of excessive drooling? Section 3: What are the causes of excessive drooling? Section 4: What is the treatment for drooling excessively? Subsection 4.1: Treating anxiety Subsection 4.2: Treating dental issues Subsection 4.3: Treating hot weather Subsection 4.4: Treatment for neurological disorders Section 5: Conclusion

What is my dog drooling excessively?

Your dog may drool excessively if it's become used to doing so. H2a is a hormone that makes the dog's saliva overcoat its mouth, tongue, and gums.

As drooling increases, the saliva on the dog's tongue is replaced by salty saliva and the gland behind the dog's lower jaw is stimulated into producing more saliva.

It's usually not considered to be a medical emergency until the condition progresses to the point where saliva production exceeds the dog's ability to swallow the saliva.

Heart disease and neurological disorders are the main causes of excessive drooling.

Heart disease is known to result in a greater increase in saliva production.

An increase in salivation (the body's natural way of lubricating food) can occur if the heart muscle doesn't produce enough blood and oxygen.

What are the symptoms of excessive drooling?

The most common signs of excessive drooling are excessive wetness on the paws and face.

You can also notice that drool has an odor and may often be quite sticky. This is a sign of a potential health problem.

When there is excessive drooling, it may be a sign that your dog is experiencing pain, inflammation, or infection.

If your dog is happy and comfortable, that's great. If not, keep an eye out for changes to his behavior.

You may notice that your dog is avoiding eye contact or chewing at his face and paws.

Who is at risk of drooling? If your dog has strong jaw muscles and is able to stretch and come up with drool from his mouth, it doesn't mean he's at risk for excessive drooling.

What are the causes of excessive drooling?

Just like us, dogs can develop saliva glands that overproduce saliva, which can sometimes cause excessive drooling.

Dogs with hypothyroidism, a disorder where the thyroid gland does not function properly, are more likely to drool.

This condition causes the thyroid to release less thyroid hormone into the body and can lead to excessive salivation.

Another possibility is that excessive drooling may be caused by heart disease.

Usually, drooling is just a symptom of the underlying heart condition and nothing else.

The mouth is a relatively sensitive area, and the brain must control the salivary glands, which are part of the body that releases saliva.

If this is impaired, you can start to see the drooling start to affect your dog's health.

What is the treatment for drooling excessively?

A major cause of excessive drooling is dental issues. These can be identified by a veterinarian or through a fecal test.

But dental issues are often one of the first signs of underlying heart disease.

If the tooth can't be saved, you may be referred to an oral surgeon to determine if there's a cancerous growth.

If the vet thinks there is a problem, your dog may be given medications that block the signals of hormones that cause drooling.

If the cause is cancer, or if the cancer is inoperable, your dog may require surgery.

Other causes of excessive drooling include heat, stress, teeth problems, and arthritis.

Your dog may also have an underlying psychological problem. If you notice your dog makes unusual noises or shakes, this could be an indicator that the dog is anxious.

Treating anxiety

If your dog tends to drool excessively, you might notice that he gets very anxious around certain people, places, and things.

Trying to take him to social events that he doesn't like can often make him more anxious and make him drool more, so you might want to keep him at home.

Another solution is to take your dog on long walks so that he can be with other dogs and people.

Dental disease If your dog's drooling doesn't seem to be related to a previous injury, you may have noticed that he's drooling more than usual.

This may be a sign of an existing dental problem. The saliva from the tooth can leak into the submucosa, causing a build-up of bacteria, which is the same way that infected gums are infected.

This creates an open wound that can lead to a skin infection.

Treating dental issues

Dental problems are a common cause of excessive drooling, especially in older dogs.

The most common cause of dental pain in dogs is an infection or problem with the teeth or jaw.

If you notice excessive drooling that lasts for more than a few days, this may be due to an infection or gum problems.

You should take your dog to the vet to get them checked out.

If the problem is more serious, your veterinarian can recommend treatments.

Eye problems Many dogs drool when they're stressed or anxious, but when the saliva has high salt content, it can actually irritate or dry out the eyes.

If you notice excessive drooling that has no apparent cause, it may be a symptom of an eye problem.

If this is the case, your vet may recommend eye drops or drops for general comfort.

Treating hot weather

While cold weather may mean no walks for you and your dog, hot weather can cause very rapid and heavy sweating and can cause your dog to have increased thirst and more frequent urination.

Constipation is a common cause of excessive drooling. Constipation is when the small intestine doesn't empty out completely and the dog can't eliminate waste effectively.

This can lead to bacteria building up and causing a foul odor. If your dog has been constipated for a long period of time, it is likely that drooling is a result of the increased thirst.

Try administering some Epsom salts to soothe the stomach and help with elimination.

If your dog is still unable to eliminate as it should, consider putting your pet on a medication that helps stimulate the bowel to move.

Treatment for neurological disorders

If your dog has a neurological disorder such as cerebral palsy, stroke, or epilepsy, he or she may drool excessively because of the involuntary activity in the brain.

In most cases, the symptoms of drooling will eventually subside on their own. In most cases, the symptoms of drooling will eventually subside on their own.

But if your dog isn't improving, you should see a veterinarian right away. This disorder can be painful, and your dog will feel humiliated by his or her drooling.

Drooling and drinking Treatment for neurological disorders will also affect your dog's drooling, so make sure you talk to your veterinarian about how to deal with these changes.

In some cases, you may need to treat these symptoms at the same time as your dog's neurological condition.


Although excessive drooling can be distressing for both owners and their pets, there is no need to take your dog to the vet unless it causes problems.

If your dog is vomiting, you can check his stool for blood or signs of kidney disease.


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