Some dog breeds like the Bullmastiff, the Saint Bernard and the Bassethounds are noted to be drippers. Because these dogs have short snouts and loose skin around the jaw, the enzyme rich saliva secreted by the salivary glands to aid digestion gets collected until there is no more room so that the dog would slobber excessively. A bandana tied around the dog’s neck, a supply of towels in strategic places or the deftness to run for cover every time the pet shakes its head would be invaluable tactics that must be adapted by owners of slobbering dogs.

Dogs naturally drool. Drooling as a reaction to the sight of food should not be made a concern of pet owners given the fact that dogs are food motivated. But if the dog is not short snouted, does not have loose skin folds on the mouth and normally is not a slobbering breed, the owner must be concerned if the dog suddenly becomes a dripper.

Dog owners should not ignore hypersalivation or excessive drooling in dogs that normally do not drool as it can result to dehydration. Excessive drooling can be attributed to a psychological event. A dog’s nervous reaction to loud sound can trigger excessive salivation. Travelling in cars can make the dog nauseous thus aside from vomiting the dog may also drool excessively. Dogs are inclined to put anything in their mouths and because of indiscriminate eating habits, it would not be uncommon for dogs to ingest poisonous substances. Hypersalivation can be a sign that the dog was poisoned.

Drooling can be a symptom of some health concerns. Bloat or Gastric dilatation volvulus is a very serious condition as the twisting of the stomach will trap air and when no treatment is administered can result to the death of the dog. This condition is one of the reasons why the dog would salivate excessively. Other medical concerns like rabies, distemper, liver diseases, ear infections and urinary tract infections can make a dog drool excessively. However if it is apparent that the dog’s salivation is not caused by the above mentioned situations, a dog owner has better open and examine the mouth of the pet.

Excessive salivation can be caused by a cracked tooth, an infected gum or other periodontal diseases. Dogs use their mouth to investigate their surroundings. The dog may have been gnawing wood and a splinter may get stuck between the teeth or may be stuck on the gums or on the soft tissues of the mouth. A splinter stuck on the mouth tissues, an object lodged between the teeth will cause pain and discomfort thus the dog will be seen salivating excessively.

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