Dogs drool a lot, but can it also become an indication of a medical problem? If you are wondering whether it’s time to visit your vet you might want to observe your dog for several factors.
Although dog slobber, for the most part, a normal occurrence, it can often time indicate a medical concern. Therefore, learning how to distinguish between normal dog slobber and what’s not can be potentially life-saving. In addition, several things can get your dog excited causing him to produce more saliva.
Instances such as his breed or his excitement level are just some of the things that can get your dog drooling.
Identifying Normal Dog Slobber
When all of the sudden your dog is drooling non-stop, it’s something to think about. You should inform your vet when your dog’s normal drooling levels suddenly changes or increases. Medically termed as ptyalism, excessive production of saliva may signal a health problem.
Although dog slobber is normal, it can be excessive on some dog breeds. Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, Bloodhounds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and Mastiffs are known to be particularly drooly. If you happen to own any of these breeds, then dog slobber is probably normal.
What Causes Dog Slobber?
Excitement often causes a dog to salivate. Preparing food, or holding a ball above your dog’s head, can often time cause your pets to drool. Sometimes, being hungry will also make your dog start slobbering.
When does Dog Slobber Become a Concern?
As mentioned above, dog slobber is a normal part of their everyday life. However, there are instances when dog slobber may indicate something else. Anxiety can also make your dog drool excessively and if associated with another symptom such as excessive panting or tensed muscles, it signals that your dog is stressed.
Once the stressor is removed, your dog will no longer be anxious, hence drooling will likely stop. Common examples of stressful situations are home renovations, the introduction of additional pets, a thunderstorm, fireworks and more.
Another cause of dog slobber that signals a health concern, is when there are dog abscesses, heatstroke, mouth irritation, a blockage, nausea, car sickness and more. On a more serious level, a neurological condition may also cause excessive drooling. Usually, the nerves on the face are affected and prevent the dog to control the production of saliva.
Generally, drooling can become a medical concern, if and when it is accompanied by another symptom. If your dog is drooping, panting, hot to touch, won’t eat, has diarrhea and vomits, you should call your veterinarian as soon possible.
Why do Dogs Salivate in the First Place?
Naturally, dogs produce saliva as part of their life cycle. Oftentimes, it can be attributed to how their mouths are shaped. Since dogs have mucous membranes in their mouths, saliva is produced to moisturize those membranes. When there is too much saliva produced but no proper outlet, then it would end up drooling around their mouths.
Dog owners of breeds that are prone to salivate for the most part of their doggy lives, can’t do anything about the dog slobber. They just need to embrace the natural instincts of their pets.
Again, alert your vet if there are any changes or there is increased drooling habits of your pets in a short period of time.