How to Stop Excessive Salivation in Dogs

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Doggie drooling can get a bit out of control. Certain breeds, such as French bulldogs and Saint Bernards, are big droolers—and there really isn't much you can do about the "drool gene." Still, drooling can also be caused by other factors— including things you can change.


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Possible Mouth Issues

Check the mouth and lips for a foreign object or a cut. Make sure Doggie doesn't have a broken tooth either. A common cause of salivation is a mouth or lip injury, WebMD notes.

Provide Comfort if Needed

Move Doggie into a quiet, darkish room if he's agitated. Excess salivating sometimes has to do with fear of such things as fireworks, a storm, or even other dogs or people. See if that calms him down. Next time he's drooling excessively, look for accompanying signs of anxiety or fear, such as shaking or shivering and holding his tail down.


It Might be Motion Sickness

Ask your vet for motion sickness medication if the drooling occurs during or after a car ride. Some dogs have sensitive stomachs and they can end up feeling sick in the car. It's also possible that Doggie is drooling because he's overexcited about the car trip—or that yummy treat you're offering him—n which case it should be a short-lived drool.

Other Possibilities

Get Rover an appointment with the vet if the excessive salivating is a new development. A number of health issues could be causing the problem. For example, excess drooling could be a sign of periodontal disease, an abscess or tumor in the mouth, or distemper. Certain poisons also cause excessive drooling—and this should be considered an emergency, especially if you're seeing other signs, such as dizziness or vomiting. If you suspect your dog has ingestec something poisonous and you notice these symptoms, get him emergency care.


By Tammy Dray

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Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.