Why Does My Dog Drool So Much?
14 January, 2014

All our dogs drool on occasion and some dogs drool more than others depending on their breed and size.  Drooling is a way for our pups to keep their mouths moist and help dissolve food.  However, if your dog starts to drool excessively, there could be an immediate iissue at hand.  Further, excessive drooling can lead to dehydration.

Below are some tips to help you figure out why your dog is drooling so much.

Make sure there isn’t any type of object in your dog’s mouth

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.

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.

Check for 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 (I know-gross)

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.

Dental issues

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, if it just started to occur, it is likely that there is something going on inside your pup’s mouth.  If you can’t figure out the issue, call your veterinarian to see if he or she can help.

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