How Do You Know If Your Dog is Drooling Excessively?
12 May, 2015
All of our dogs drool; it is inherent in their genetic makeup. Some will drool more, some less, depending on the breed and other factors. Drooling is a way for our dogs to keep their mouth moist and dissolve food. Saliva also acts as an enzyme-rich liquid that lubricates food and starts the digestive process. Saliva also contains some other positive attributes, such as antibacterial agents, which makes it a necessary and an important function for our dogs.
Only you will know if your dog is drooling too much as you know what is the ‘norm’ for your pup. If your dog starts to drool excessively, there is usually a reason. You can try the tips below and then, of course, consult your veterinarian if the below doesn’t help.
Pain or anxiety of any origin can result in excessive drooling.
If your dog is anxious about something or if anything different has occurred in your home, drooling can also be the outcome. Symptoms usually show other abnormal occurrences, so look for other signs, such as bad breath, fever, changes in appetite, changes in behavior or anything else can cause your dog to drool. It’s a warning mechanism that his or her body says that something is off.
Is there anything in your dog’s mouth that doesn’t belong there?
Look for anything that obviously doesn’t belong in your dog’s mouth, such as wood splinters, fish hooks, bone fragments, or bits of plant matter or fabric. These could be embedded in your dog’s gums or tongue or wedged between her teeth or across the roof of her mouth.
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If you find a foreign object in your dog’s mouth, use common sense to decide you feel comfortable attempting to remove it. If you can remove the object on your own, try to do so. But, make sure this won’t make matters worse. Otherwise, take your dog to the vet immediately.
Next you can see if there are any blood or wounds in your dog’s mouth
Look closely for bleeding or wounds. Other signs of injuries and irritations are indicated by changes in color. The normal healthy pink or pigmented color of your dog’s gums will be an angry red or even purple when those tissues are injured or infected.
If you find one injury, don’t stop and make sure to look at your pup’s teeth as well. Sometimes a hairline crack right at the border of the gums can extend into the root and cause your dog pain and salivation. You might see a lot of blood. Since the area inside a dog’s mouth is loaded with blood vessels, injuries there bleed a lot. For the same reason, small cuts, scratches, and even ulcerations in the mouth often heal quickly without you doing a thing.
A little bleeding is not too much to worry about and can be healed with some hydrogen peroxide on a cotton swab or gauze pad. Then place is on your dog’s wound. The hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant and it can also clean the area so you can get a better look at it.
Look for pus in your dog’s mouth or any abnormal yellow, white flem.
If you see pus in your dog’s mouth, it usually indicates a bacterial infection. Infection is usually accompanied by a distinctly foul odor that’s different from typical bad doggy breath.
If you spot signs of infection, take them seriously. You can probably take care of a small amount of pus, irritation, or even mild gingivitis by simply dedicating yourself to a strict tooth-brushing schedule. But most of the time oral infections need veterinary treatment since they can lead to more serious infections such as bacterial endocarditis-an infection of the heart.
If your dog is having dental issues, it could cause drooling
Areas of red, sensitive gum tissue, often with tartar accumulation and parts of the tooth roots exposed, with or without pus indicates gingivitis, which is a common symptom of dental disease. If you discover any fractured teeth, your dog is probably going to need some veterinary attention. Only the simplest cracks and breaks, right near the tip of the tooth and not exposing any of the pulp cavity, can safely be left untreated.
If at any time your dog starts to howl or whimper, stop the exam and call your vet immediately. Better to take care of the issue as soon as possible.
There are other reasons why your dog might drool excessively; however, as mentioned above, if the drooling just started to occur, then call your veterinarian to see if he or she can help.
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