The first step in understanding the mushy drooling of goose down dripping from our dog’s lips is breeding. In “How I Met My Dog”, we don’t like to classify puppies by breed, but certain breeds (for example, hounds), Newfoundland, St. Bernard, and M dogs are more prone to drooling. These and other scent hound breeds use their “fly” or larger upper lip to capture odor and odor molecules. This helps these breeds play their best role in breeding, hunting! These drooping “flies” also increase drooling, that is, drooling!
Normal natural drooling can help your dog eat and digest food. If your dog is always drooling during mealtime, game time, or chew toy time, that’s it! Unless you find that excessive drooling seems abnormal to your dog, or your dog exhibits strange behavior (shaking, drowsy, nausea, etc.) and drooling, there is no need for a drooling alarm. If your dog has any of these signs, please call your veterinarian! They may suffer from many problems of varying severity. Some of these issues are:
Oral disease/tooth decay
Does your puppy have bad breath and drooling problems? They may have tooth decay or oral/gum disease. Just like humans, dogs also need to monitor their oral health. In the wild, tartar on the teeth of wolves, coyotes, and other canine species is naturally cleaned by hard objects such as bones, and they eat and chew regularly. For our domestic dogs, the accumulation of tartar can cause tooth decay, bad breath, and drooling. Pull the dog’s lips back to check what their teeth and gums look like. If the gums are swollen or bleeding, or the teeth look brown and rotten, take your dog to the veterinarian to discuss the severity of his oral health and take steps to make it better. A healthy mouth can reduce drooling and reduce the dog’s bad breath.
Dogs don’t sweat, they pant. When your dog gets hot, its tongue will slip out of its mouth and swell. The increase in the surface area of the tongue dissipates heat into the surrounding air, and the saliva is also dissipated. If your dog gasps and drools excessively in hot weather, he may experience heatstroke. Heatstroke is very serious and can lead to death within minutes. To avoid heatstroke, please provide plenty of water and pay attention to your dog. If you are going for an intense hike or an intense competition, please give your dog plenty of water. If they look overheated or tired, take a break. Although dogs may not sweat as we do, they exercise like us. If your dog is unhealthy, take longer training/walking/hiking to keep them healthy and happy.
Motion sickness/anxiety disorder
Nausea, motion sickness, and anxiety are not limited to humans. Your dog can experience them too! If your dog is panting and drooling excessively in the car, they may feel nervous and/or nauseous. First, if your dog is sick in the car, do not feed them or give them excessive water before driving or traveling on the road. It saves the trouble of cleaning the dog vomiting from the back of the car and avoids unnecessary nausea and vomiting. Roll down the window! Leave a gap large enough in the window so that your dog can get a stable air supply, but small enough so that it cannot jump out or fall out of the window. Sometimes, some high-quality O2 can relieve the stomach discomfort of people and dogs! There are ginger pills, sedative chewing pills, and prescription medications that may also help relieve nausea. If your dog looks more nervous than sick, try to make the car a place of joy for them. Compliment them regularly and take them to interesting cars for walks and adventures instead of just transporting them to a vet or beautician in a car.
If your dog looks unwell and drools too much, it may be a toxic substance. Never leave household cleaners and pest preventive poisons anywhere your dog can reach, and check regularly to make sure they have not been moved to an area that dogs can reach. If you know that your dog has not eaten any household poison or poisonous food (please check our 10 human foods that dogs can and cannot eat), then your dog may have eaten or come into contact with poisonous plants. ASPCA lists 410 plants that may be poisonous to your dog. Yes, right 410! !! To name a few, dogs should stay away from food: amaryllis, holly, aloe, lily, some ivy, and most fruit trees. If you believe that your dog has been in contact with poisonous plants and the dog has had adverse reactions, including drooling and lethargy, please call (888) 426-4435 to contact the Animal Poison Control Center.
To read the complete list of 410 potentially toxic plants, please click on the following link https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants?field_toxicity_value%5B0%5D =01&page = 3
Your dog’s drooling can be a sign of multiple symptoms: reproduction, anxiety, oral disease, poison, heatstroke or health problems. If you are concerned about dog drooling, please discuss it with your veterinarian. Our dogs do not speak our language, and it is sometimes difficult to determine the severity of their symptoms. If you are not sure whether your dog’s drooling is normal, it is better to be safe than regret it.