You should know, some species tend to drool more than others, this is the case, for example, of the great dane or the bulldog. It is quite simply their morphology that makes it sometimes possible to track them: the drool is retained in abundance in the dog’s mouth and not swallowed as is the case in humans for example.
However, certain factors can cause your pet to drool profusely, even though it has never happened before. Do not scold your companion, it will be useless, he is not responsible for this phenomenon! Instead, look for the reasons that can lead to this excess saliva in your dog’s mouth. Here are some possible explanations.
Why Is My Dog Excessively Drooling?
Many situations can cause your dog to drool profusely and drool.
A condition, regardless of its origin, often results in a profuse production of drool and your dog’s inability to swallow it. If he has a fever (measure it with a dog thermometer), it means an infection is present somewhere in his body. It is useful to check that no foreign object has stuck in your dog’s pads, a bug, a thorn, etc … In a few hours, an infection can develop and cause a significant salivary secretion.
If some breeds drool more than others, it can also be a sign of pathology.
If your dog’s mouth is affected by any disease, whether it’s teeth, tongue, or even throat, it will be difficult for him to swallow. So check that the dental plaque is not too important, regular scaling is useful in many species. Teeth can fall out quickly if neglected. The gums, in the event of gingivitis, make your pet suffer who will no longer be able to swallow his saliva properly.
In addition, as surprising as it may seem, scaling is also positive in dogs with heart disease since too much tartar increases the risk of problems.
Our dear companions are almost all greedy, they can eat whatever they find. This is why sometimes they find themselves with objects stuck under the tongue or between the molars.
Threads, hair, and sometimes even the remains of kibble (gluttony is not the only fault this time) remain blocked in the mouth opening of your animal who does not know how to get rid of it other than by producing more of saliva.
If your pet suffers from epileptic seizures, then it will be common to see him salivate profusely. When a seizure occurs, he no longer controls his tongue or even his body and therefore the saliva is no longer swallowed.
A recurring reflex
The Pavlov reflex is visible in dogs. This reflex occurs when your pet is in the presence of food, even if he is only smelling the smell. Hunger and waiting combined will generate intense salivation that your pet will not always be able to control!
When the animal is used to receiving a treat, the sight of it will have the same effect: it salivates a lot more and sometimes spreads this fluid all around it! Those who know Beethoven, the famous Saint Bernard, know’s what we are talking about here.
If you’re a little vicious, take the test. When serving the kibble, show the bowls to your dogs. I did the test on my two Cavaliers. If Jodie is only staring at me, her sister, Mookie, moans and drools a lot.
If a male smells of a female in heat nearby, his testosterone levels rise rapidly, as does his body temperature.
It is this last point that can cause unexpected drooling. As far as females are concerned, it is the pheromones that lead to arousal and therefore, to intense salivation.
Daily, your animal may find himself excited by certain situations, such as the moment when you are going to unhook the leash to go for a walk or the sight of a fellow-creature!
Intoxication is to be feared
As long as household substances were spilled on the garbage bag, he incurred real poisoning.
In this case, you will quickly notice it. In addition to the sudden drool in the corner of your dog’s mouth, he is behaving abnormally. He lies down, throws up, or looks at you with sad eyes. If you notice these reactions, don’t wait and take your pooch to the vet. Waiting for a few hours can be fatal.
If in addition to drooling, your dog loses all energy or starts to shake, this may indicate intoxication. Act fast!
Rabies, a disease that should not be overlooked
Cases of rabies have been very rare in France for a few years, especially since most dogs are vaccinated against this terrible disease. However, as a precaution, consider having your pet examined, especially if his behavior is different from what he usually does.
If you adopt a dog or pick it up from the street, make sure it has had this vaccine previously.
A reaction following the effort
When dogs exert themselves, such as canicrossing, their natural drool tends to become more and more visible. It dries on the sides and becomes whiter than usual.
In humans too, the effort can have consequences on the drool. Sometimes we are parched, sometimes we have a lot of salivae. The same goes for your dog.
In this case, wash it with a tissue, give it a drink, and everything should be back to normal within an hour.
What if your dog doesn’t stop drooling?
If it’s not your dog’s habit to drool that much, check his health first.
Take her temperature twice, one hour apart to see if it has gone down or up. An infection can sometimes be very brief, and excitement is often transient. If the fever does not go down, examine your pet’s body for a foreign object. Observe his behavior, especially if he has trouble chewing for example. This means that an object or inflammation is preventing him from swallowing properly.
If the dog is in pain, make an emergency appointment with a specialist. If there is only drooling and its behavior is normal, do it too, but without it being within the hour.
If the drooling occurs at regular intervals, ask yourself if this has a connection with the food or a reflex of your animal. Analyze when they arise and you will have a piece of the answer.
If you can’t find it, you can talk about it at the next consultation at the doctor’s office or with a canine behaviorist.