Causes of Excessive Drooling in Dogs and Measures to Prevent it

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Drooling may seem like a very normal dog thing, but too much isn’t and it indicates an underlying condition that needs to be taken care of. If you find your dog drooling more than normal, then you need to get to the root cause in order to prevent it.

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Causes of Excessive Drooling  

Oral problems

Your dog may be in discomfort because of dental problems such as gum disease, abscess, or loose teeth and this makes the dog to salivate more than usual.

Foreign objects

When a dog swallows some indigestible object such as a piece of clothing, plastic or rocks, it leads to an obstruction in the digestive track and causes excessive drooling.

Poisonous substances

Some plants can be harmful to the dogs, such as ivy, toadstool, holly etc when they eat or come in contact with them. Also, chemicals in perfumes or medications can prove to be toxic to your pet and make them drool unusually more.

Injury

If your dog is hurt in the mouth because of biting an electric wire or chewing some chemical substance, it may cause drooling.

Hypersalivation

This is a condition in dogs which stems from anxiety or nervousness. When the dog is under too much stress, following trauma or in fear of being separated from his favorite human, he may start drooling excessively.

Sickness

If your pet is ill because of an upset tummy, infection, tumorous growth in the mouth or stomach, it may begin to drool more than normal.

Measures to stop excessive drooling in dogs

  • To avoid dental problems, you need to maintain regular oral hygiene. You may clean his teeth with a brush and offer dental chews as suggested by your vet. Visit the vet on a regular basis to rule out gum disease and other infections. Find tips on cleaning dog’s teeth here.
  • If any foreign body is lodged in your pet’s stomach, your vet may need to perform a surgical process to remove it. It is difficult to always monitor what your dog is eating, but try to keep trash out of his reach.
  • Make sure your indoors and your surroundings do not have plants that are toxic to your dog.
  • Ensure that your house is free of loose electrical cables and toxic chemicals which your dog may bite into accidentally.

Try to understand what is causing your dog to hypersalivate to help deal with it. If the sound of firecrackers or other loud noises is the trigger, then keep him in a room with minimal sound. If your pet suffers from separation anxiety, try giving his favorite treat, every time his guardian leaves him. This way he will be able to associate away time with treat time, resulting in less of drool mess.

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