Dog saliva and puddles of drool left by your dog could result in a messy love/hate relationship unless you completely understand that certain dog breeds drool more than others even though they cover you with slobbering affection and have a lovable personality, so you may need to be prepared for your dog’s slippery saliva in your home before you your dog ruins your furniture, hard wood floors and soaks your bed.
This news brief gives you 3 suggestions to handle your dog’s saliva that may save your furniture and ease your frustration with your dog’s drool.
Dog Saliva: 3 Ways to Control Your Dog’s Slobber
- Towels – You may want to keep fresh clean towels available in every room that your dog has access to so you can control your dog’s drool. All dogs drool, however the breeds that drool the most can be high maintenance in this area.
- Bibs – You may want to try a bib on your dog to catch his saliva when he’s indoors or when guests come over. A bib may not really be the perfect solution because your dog’s slobber might just slide off and not stick to the bib.
- Tiles – You may want to restrict your drooling dog to an area in your home with tile floors that are easy to mop up dog saliva and keep clean. This seemingly simple strategy will be difficult to implement because your drooling dog most likely wants to be right by your side.
Dog Drool: Normal and Excessive Symptoms
- Normal dog drool helps your dog digest his food. Your dog’s saliva is rich with enzymes and antibacterial agents that lubricate your dog’s mouth and food. If your dog is a big drooler he probably falls into the breeds that have deep lips where saliva collects. And, as soon as your dog thinks about food he starts drooling.
- Excessive drool, or ptyalism, may be caused by the following:
- Dental issues – Your dog may have an abscessed or broken tooth, gingivitis, an infection or inflammation in his mouth that will increase the production of dog saliva.
- Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GVD) – Your dog may have a twisted stomach and distended abdomen. If your dog shows these symptoms, immediately take him to your local animal emergency hospital.
- Flu – Your dog may have a cold or respiratory infection that gives him a stuffed nose and sore throat which can cause excessive drooling.
- Heat Stroke – If your dog is panting and drooling excessively on a hot day, he may be suffering from heat stroke. Take your dog to your veterinarian right away because heat stroke and dehydration can be deadly for your dog.
- Injuries – You may notice more dog saliva if your dog has an injury in his mouth, throat or lungs. You can check your dog’s mouth for blood stains with a small cotton face cloth. An internal injury may be bleeding ulcers.
- Kidney and liver disease – If your dog has damage to his liver or kidney, he may start to drool more than usual.
- Pain – Your dog may have stomach or joint pain that causes him to be stressed which may result in excessive drooling.
- Toxic poisoning – Your dog may have ingested a toxic substance that irritates his intestines and affects your dog’s ability to swallow. Bring your dog to your local animal emergency hospital right away if you suspect your dog may have eaten or swallowed anything toxic.
- Tumors – Check your dog for lumps and bumps all over his body. Excessive dog saliva can be one of the symptoms when dogs have benign and cancerous tumors.
10 Dog Breeds that Drool the Most
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Black and Tan Coon Hound
- Bull Terrier
- Great Dane
- Great Pyrenees
- Saint Bernard
10 Dog Breeds that Drool the Least
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Cardigan Welsh Corgi
- Old English Sheepdog
- Standard Poodle
This news brief gives you the facts about dog drool so you can be prepared to mop up after a big drooler and also be aware of the symptoms for excessive drooling that may be a sign your dog has health problems.
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