Pet Wellness: Why Dogs Slobber
Slobbering is usually a completely normal occurrence for dogs. For many breeds, drooling is just part of their daily lives. Certain breeds with big jowls tend to drool more, picture: mastiffs, bloodhounds, St. Bernards, and bulldogs. The way their mouths and heads are shaped makes it completely unavoidable for some slobber to dribble down their chins. The saliva pools in those lovable faces and just pours out.
For these breeds, it’s best to have a jowl towel handy for wiping off your shoulder after a big drooly hug—especially after they drink water! While dog dog drool is usually normal, it is also normal to worry about it. How do you know when slobber isn’t normal?
Just like humans, dogs drool when they’re ready for food. Ding-ding! Think of Pavlov and his experiment in Classical Conditioning. Dogs might also drool when they are eating something with an unpleasant taste, like a medication. This is not a reason to worry. If your dog is panting after a fun walk or play time with a friend, he or she might also experience some drooling.
Warnings: When Drooling is a Sign of a Health Problem
If you are concerned your dog might be drooling as a result of any of these conditions, contact us to schedule an appointment.
- Foreign Body: This could be a true emergency! Dogs often like to chew on things that can get stuck in their mouth or throat. This will cause them to drool more than normal. It could be a piece of plastic, rubber, bone fragments, wood chips, or something else. These are hazardous and if you suspect this is the case, contact us immediately.
- Oral Diseases: Oral diseases are also a threat to your dog’s wellness. They can cause serious illness if they advance and become systemic infections in the body. In order to prevent and treat infections from oral diseases, schedule a teeth cleaning for your dog once per year.
- Stomachache: When your dog eats something they shouldn’t have, it might give them a stomachache. Ingesting poison in the form of plants or chemicals can cause nausea and drooling. If it’s something poisonous, increased drool might also be accompanied by lethargy and vomiting. While that is the worst case scenario, excess drooling caused by nausea is likely temporary or can resolve with medication.
- Heat stroke: Like humans, overexposure to the sun can be deadly for dogs. When suffering from heat stroke, dogs pant excessively and then begin to drool excessively. This is a life-threatening condition and you should contact your veterinarian right away.
- Disease: As dogs age, they are more prone to diseases. Kidney and liver disease can cause excessive slobber In order to catch these diseases, we recommend annual or semiannual visits with your veterinarian.
Interpreting your dog’s level of slobber may sound challenging but we’re here to help! Our veterinary team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here to support you and your beloved beast. Contact us to schedule your dog’s annual exam today: (610) 589-5019.
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