Dogs and drooling often seem to go together like cats and purring. But that nasty drool can get everywhere, making it a real mess to clean up. Not only that but sometimes a dog’s drooling can be so excessive that it hampers the relationship between owner and dog. While you might assume that a dog’s drooling is simply par for the course, you might be surprised to know that there are many reasons for a dog to drool, some of which might be medical in nature. Also, there are ways in which you can help your dog stop drooling as often.
The truth about Drooling
How Much Drooling is Too Much?
All dogs salivate, just like all people salivate, so a minor amount of drooling is normal. Dogs who have loose hanging lips, like basset hounds, will drool more than other breeds, and it’s not unusual for those breeds to experience a certain amount of drooling. But if your dog is drooling so much that it’s causing issues with their activity level, eating and drinking ability, or you’re continually having to clean up slobber from your furniture or floor it might be another issue.
Medical Issues That Cause Excessive Drooling
Before you start looking further into the problem, you may want to contact your vet to find out if your dog is healthy. You can also take your dog to an animal hospital in your local area and one of the staff veterinarians can see if your dog is suffering from a medical condition.
If the drooling seems to have just become a problem recently – in other words it’s not something your dog has always done – check to make sure your dog hasn’t gotten into a poison of some kind. Again, your vet or the professionals at an animal hospital will be able to tell you if this is the case.
Poisons and tranquilizers can cause a dog to drool excessively, as can certain tumors, cysts, and infections. Make sure your dog isn’t suffering from any of these medical problems before moving forward.
Is It All in His Head?
Believe it or not hypersalivation, the medical term for excessive drooling is usually caused by psychological issues such as fear, anxiety, or nervousness. An apprehension of any kind can cause a dog to drool excessively. If your dog seems to be drooling all the time and all medical issues have been cleared, keep track of when your dog drools the most and see if there might be something he or she is nervous about. If it keeps up, ask your vet about it, as there may be treatments for anxiety that he or she can administer.
What a Treat!
Dogs will always drool in expectation of a treat or food. This one is simply a response that is completely normal, and there’s not much you can do about it. If your dog only drools excessively around mealtime or when you’re giving him or her a treat, it’s likely nothing to worry about.
A Positive Environment
Even if your dog is a big, strong breed, he or she is still like a child in many ways. Make sure your environment isn’t stressful for your dog. Try to minimize loud noises, things that can startle the dog, distressing situations, and cluttered environments. Make sure your dog has plenty of room to move about, gets regular interaction with people, gets play time and exercise time, and has a place of his or her own to relax. All of these things can help minimize drooling as a response to stress or anxiety. As always, if these methods don’t work consult your vet for a professional opinion.