Sunday, 24 June 2012

My Dog Drools Too Much - Is That Normal?

Although there are certain types of breeds that drool a lot, for example, boxers, pit bulls, basset hounds and so on, excessive drooling can be caused by a variety of things. You wouldn't want to have puddles of saliva all over your house would you? So what might cause your dog to drool too much?
Possible Causes for Excessive Drooling
For some of you, a drooling dog may be a normal thing. But if you notice a sudden change in the way your dog drools, then there may have been something that could have caused this.
One possible cause can be injury. This could be injuries inside the mouth. Try checking out your dog's mouth for blood, or bleeding gums which are bright red or even purple. Another cause for bleeding gums might be signs of gum disease. Tartar, gingivitis, or dental problems such as fractured tooth, can cause your dog to drool excessively. You can try smelling your dog's breath. Bad breath is an indicator of an infection in his mouth.
Also try searching for foreign objects lodged in your dog's mouth. It could be anything that might be stuck in between his teeth, gums, or even tongue. If you are unable to remove it, ask your vet for help. Leaving it there might not only cause too much drooling, but may even lead to infections.
Another problem that may cause drooling is tumors inside your dog's mouth such as melanoma. Other causes could also be nausea, liver disease, or even rabies. Although excessive drooling isn't much of a reason to go and call your vet, it is still a sign that there could possibly be something wrong with your dog.
The only time you need immediate attention from your vet is when there is puss in his mouth that needs removal, usually through surgery, bleeding that doesn't stop, fractured tooth, really bad breath, possible food poisoning, and of course, rabies. Rabies, although dangerous, is a rare case. So it's always advisable for you to get your dog his rabies shots, and try to avoid contact with other dogs that are not healthy.
Once you have addressed the problem of your dog's excessive drooling and once you have taken care of it, then most likely, your dog's drooling will stop or return to normal levels. So to prevent this from happening in the future it is always recommended to check in your dog's mouth regularly as well as brush his teeth regularly. These simple steps should alleviate this issue for most dogs that aren't prone to heavy drooling.
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