Noticing that your dog starts drooling excessively, our advice is to find out what is the problem as soon as possible.
Why Is My Dog Drooling?
In case your dog normally drools a lot, this may not be an issue, but if it has started drooling everywhere, that can be quite a problem.
You should find out what is wrong and what you can do to help your pet.
Drooling is considered as one of the worst problems for dog owners, being that these dogs leave a mess after themselves, and possessing a dog with facial hair makes it harder to clean up after it.
Owners of a drooler like a St. Bernard are get used to drooling, but if your dog was never a drooler before, you need to discover what is causing it.
Reasons Your Dog Might Be Drooling a Lot
- Foreign body in the mouth
- Dental problems
- Nausea or painful abdomen
- Cancer in the mouth
- A contagious disease that does not allow him to swallow
- Other less common causes, such as a portosystemic shunt, myasthenia gravis, polymyositis
Other Signs to Look Out for in Addition to Drooling
- Bad breath
- Weight loss
- Sensitive to touch around the mouth
Have in mind that a stick or other object can be lodged in your dog’s mouth, thus causing excessive drooling.
What You Can Do at Home
Being familiar with all the reasons for drooling is the first step towards helping your dog.
You have seen that certain reasons are serious, but the majority of them are nothing to be worried about, and your role is crucial in helping your pet friend.
The owner is the one who has to find out why the dog is drooling.
Have in mind that if the reason is serious, such as cancer, and you let it go for a few weeks, your negligence may cost your dog life.
So as to save it, you need to make your dog comfortable, make the water available to it, and call the vet so as to make an appointment immediately.
The process of finding out what is causing the drooling has to be fast and immediate.
Some of the Tests That Your Vet May Need to Run
- He/she will need to do certain examinations under anesthesia to look for any lesions.
- The causes can make a dog very sensitive under examination so finding out what is wrong with your dog is to do an exam while it is under sedation.
- Neurological exam
- CBC or a complete blood count to find out if there is an infection
- Screen for poisons
- X-rays: in case your dog has a tumor
- Serum biochemistry
- Urinalysis to look for metabolic problems
- Abdominal ultrasound in the case of nausea whose cause cannot be determined
Possible Treatments for Excessive Drooling
What kind of treatment will be necessary depends on the cause, but in the majority of cases this is not something that you will not be able to treat.
- Remove a lodged stick or another foreign object from the mouth
- Extract an abscessed broken tooth
- Treat an infectious disease with antibiotics
- Remove a tumor from the mouth
- If your dog has behavioral changes, rabies should be considered.
Schedule a Visit With Your Vet Now
If the reason for drooling is a stick lodged in the dog’s mouth, a broken tooth, or something the dog ate, our suggestion is to schedule a visit with your vet and help the dog recover.
These less serious problems can be fixed right away or in a few days.
On the other hand, if your dog has a more serious cause, the sooner you take your dog to the vet so as to discover it on time, the more chances of recovering it will have.
In case your veterinarian cannot schedule an appointment for your dog right away, you should take it to an emergency clinic.
Have in mind that some tumors in the mouth can be easily removed, while there are others that can cause more serious issues.