Some dog breeds, like the St. Bernard and Bull Terrier naturally do a lot of drooling due to their genetics or breed traits, whereas others hardly seem to drool at all.
Drooling is a natural process, which makes it easier for your pooch to eat and digest his food, but if your pup has been doing a lot more drooling that usual, it could be a sign that something more serious is going on.
Here are some of the main causes of excessive drooling:
There’s Something Stuck in There
Excessive drooling can be an early warning sign that your dog has taken a bite out of something he shouldn’t have, and something is lodged in his teeth, throat or gums as a result. So, if you notice your dog’s causing bigger pools of drool to form than normal before you do anything else, take a look in his mouth, checking his teeth, tongue, gums, and throat for foreign objects such as cloth, splinters, pieces of rubber and bone shards. If you can safely remove the object, do so, if not, a swift trip to the vet is vital.
He has Dental Problems
A doggy who drools much more than usual could be dealing with a significant buildup of tartar in the mouth, or even something more serious like gum disease or a broken tooth. Take a look at his teeth, and if they’re brown or his gums appear red and swollen, he may need to have his teeth cleaned or removed by the vet. Once that’s done, you can help to improve his dental healthy by feeding him tooth-friendly meals and treats. You can learn more about foods that remove plaque and tartar build up in dogs here. Your vet many also be able to recommend a dental diet to keep the problem in check, too.
He’s Suffering from Heatstroke
If it’s hot where you are, and your precious pup is producing a lot more saliva than you would expect, it could be that he’s suffering from heatstroke. Check out this full list of heatstroke symptoms, which include lethargy and lack of responsiveness, and if you notice any of them in your dog, take him to the vet without delay. Heatstroke can easily be prevented by ensuring your dog always has access to fresh water, and that he has a shady place to stay, especially in the summer when the sun is shining, and the temperature is rising. Of course, you should never leave a dog in a hot car either!
Anxiety is pretty common in dogs, especially puppies and pooches who are thrown into new situations like going out in the car for the first time. When dogs are anxious, much like humans hyperventilate, they begin to breathe more heavily, and their drool becomes excessive. That’s why it’s always a good idea to work up to new situations with your dog by, say leaving them alone for five minutes at a time before leaving him for longer periods, or driving him around the block in the car a few times before traveling across state.
These are just the most common reasons why your dog may be drooling; it is always important that you take your pup to the vet when he does anything out of the norm so that he can be properly assessed and looked after.