Thursday, April 5, 2012

Symptoms To Watch For In Your Dog: Excessive Drooling

Dogs drool; there is no way around it. Some will drool more, some less, depending on the breed and other factors. (From our observation also on the gender—girl dogs don't drool! LOL. All boy dogs we have had drooled a lot. JD's waterworks could turn a desert into a lush garden!)

Drool

Saliva is a good thing.

Not necessarily all over your Sunday outfit, but it certainly has an important function in your dog's mouth. It is an enzyme-rich liquid that lubricates food and starts the digestive process. (That's why most of the waterworks, as in JD's case, get turned on in anticipation of a meal.) Saliva also contains some other cool stuff, such as antibacterial agents.

So what constitutes excessive drooling?

Excessive doesn't mean more than you'd like, but more than would be normal for your dog. This is always the key. A symptom is something that is abnormal for the individual/breed in question. Excessive drooling also goes by the name “ptyalism.”

If your dog starts drooling more than usual, do pay attention.

Quite often, excessive drooling is associated with a problem in the mouth.

Foreign objects: anything that got stuck in the gums, tongue, roof of the mouth, between the teeth, or in the esophagus. Use your best judgment whether you can remove it safely. When it doubt, always err on the side of caution and call your veterinarian..

Injuries: look for bleeding, wounds, ulcers, and other deviations from normal appearance.

Ingestion of a caustic material: red or discolored oral tissues and pain are typical.

Dental issues: periodontal disease, tooth abscesses, fractured teeth, and oral infections or inflammation can all lead to excessive drooling and also a lot of pain. These things are not to be played with.

Tumors: look for any lumps, bumps or any tissue that looks strange. These symptoms should definitely be taken seriously.

While foreign objects and injuries might be a judgment call, always see your veterinarian if you suspect dental disease or find any strange masses or pigmentation in your dog’s mouth. Warning signs of a potential emergency include pain, an inability to swallow, difficulty breathing, vomiting, lethargy, a foul odor from the mouth, weakness, extreme agitation, or profuse drooling that lasts for more than a few hours.

If you didn't find any problem in the mouth, you might not be out of the woods.

Excessive drooling might be a result of a problem not related to the mouth. Jasmine (I know I said that girl dogs don't drool) will drool when her stomach is upset. Nausea causes drooling, as can neurologic diseases that impair a dog’s ability to swallow.

Excessive drooling can be one of the signs of heat stroke, though in such case you're likely to get tipped off by excessive panting first. Do get familiar with the early symptoms of heat stroke; it is a life-threatening situation.

Dogs suffering from gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) also tend to drool a lot because the entrance to the stomach is twisted shut.  If your dog is drooling, trying to vomit but little or nothing comes up, has a distended abdomen, and is in pain, get him to the veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.

Pain or anxiety of any origin can result in excessive drooling.

It is important to pay attention to your dog. Know what is normal.  Don't dismiss anything out of the ordinary. Symptoms usually like company, so look for other signs, such as bad breath, fever, changes in appetite, changes in behavior …

It's your dog's health,
Jana

Further reading:
Dog Drooling Excessively
My Dog is Drooling Excessively
Dog Drooling and Salivary Gland Problems

Related articles:
Symptoms: Recognition, Acknowledgement And Denial
Symptoms To Watch For In Your Dog: Excessive Panting
Symptoms To Watch For In Your Dog: Excessive Drinking
Symptoms To Watch For In Your Dog: Bad Odor

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  1. My dog was consistently drooling and whining whenever he eat anything. When I looked in his mouth I didn't see anything so I took him to out animal hospital. The vet found a wood chip lodged deep between in his teeth. After getting it removed, he only drools when I bring out the dog treats!

    Sara Welsh | http://www.coolvet.com/

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    1. A very good call taking him to the vet! Glad it was just a foreign object and got fixed easily!

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  2. Our Lab has had 3 or 4 episodes of excessive drooling in the last month or so. By excessive, I mean there is a steady constant dripping where I have to keep wiping her because her neck gets soaked and she drips all over the floor. She's not usually much of a drooler unless there's food tempting her so this is not at all normal for her. I'm writing now because we just noticed that she's doing it again. She's been fine all day and we went for a walk a few hours ago. She was fine through the walk and was very playful when we got back. She's resting now but doesn't seem to be in any pain or distress. She's not whining or whimpering. I checked her mouth (I do every time) and don't find anything foreign. She always has her nose to the ground and she'll often chew on things she finds in the grass but she usually drops them after she checks them out. I'm thinking maybe she's been getting something in her mouth that caused some stomach upset and that's why she's drooling, since nothing seems to be wrong inside her mouth. Before she had the first episode about a month ago, she had never had this problem before and she's 5 years old. In the past, it has always happened around this time of day and by the next morning she's not drooling anymore. Any ideas? Is there something I can give her in case it is being caused by stomach upset? She hasn't vomited and never has the other time either. I just thought of something else. She sometimes pulls when we walk and today she was pulling a lot for the first (about) 10 minutes of our walk. Is it possible the strain on her throat from the pulling could cause the drooling? I can't remember if we'd walked right before the previous episodes. Thanks for any suggestions you might have.

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    1. Whether or not it consistently happens after walks is a good thing to know. If she isn't showing any other signs of digestive upset, though, I'd wonder whether it's an oral/dental problem. I'd have that checked, including x-rays and the whole shebang.

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    2. My dog experiences the exact same thing a few times a year and it usually happens in spring or early summer and it is almost always after a walk to the park. I am almost positive that she is reacting to pollens or weeds. I give her a liquid benedryl according to her weight and it clears up withing a few hours.

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    3. The same thing happens to my dog. Can not pin point the trigger but I think that she gets a scent of something stuck in her nose or mouth and it is stimulating and exciting her and making her drool. It has lasted hours in the past. But finally goes away.

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    4. Same thing with our chocolate lab. We are always completely confused when it happens. No other symptoms, still wants to eat, etc. sometimes she will get a little mopey but that's it. If she takes a long nap she will wake up and it will be gone. It's the weirdest thing but it's almost always in the evening after her evening play/walk. We think it's an upset stomach. She also just had a major infection in her tooth and had to have it extracted so we will wait and see if that was the cause of the drooling. Good luck!

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    5. If it happens regularly after exercise, I would suspect the mouth, as with increase in blood pressure and heart rate such things can get more bothersome ... ? It could be upset stomach too but I'd have the mouth checked.

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    6. I have a 1 1/2 year old female mutt...Boxer, Lab, Cattle/Australian Dog mix. I know that Labs have very sensitive stomachs, and this morning I noticed the large amount of drool as with LuAnne's and others dogs. I've done the inspection of her mouth with no sign of pain and pink (with brown spots) healthy gums all around. No problem with swallowing. She will eat treats, and has been drinking more water than normal. I change her water (which is shared with another dog and two cats) every other day. I live in AZ where it's been hotter than normal so the panting is a normal thing. I've checked for bloat and any abnormal lumps and wounds. Nothing. Since it's so hot, I don't take the dogs out for a walk. So it can't be over exertion. She acts normal in wanting to play with me and the cats. I've inspected the yard and no runny poop or bloody stools. I have the day off so I can keep an eye on her better to see if she is vomiting since she's been eating a lot of grass. I gave her an antacid to see if it's her stomach that's upset. If she feels better after that, and the drooling stops, I will take her to the vet for a proper diagnosis. All of my animals are in the care of my mother when I'm at work and she doesn't like any of them, and she has a Chi/Min Pin mix that she lets attack my dog. So I don't know if her dog drew blood (I didn't see anything) or if it's something she gave her. I'm anti-Purina after the Beneful thing, but she still buys it.
      I will keep an eye on her today and if anything gets worse, she will go to the vet tomorrow.

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    7. Hi Arlene,
      drooling plus eating grass does point to upset stomach. Though when our dogs get an upset stomach like that they won't eat anything, including treats, until it clears out. Normally it clears out by itself, with or without vomiting some bile and grass first, in a few hours and all is well. The increased drinking in the mix makes it a bit more of a red flag. I agree that if it doesn't go away seeing a vet is best. There could be something going on in the mouth that's not easily seen or there could be something going on with the belly. Didn't you mention at the beginning you noticed large amount of drool with the other dogs as well? Could they have gotten into something bad?

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  3. I was out of town and left my brothers to watch my dog when i got hm today i found one of my dogs very skinny and she did eat but after words threw up and was stumbling over herself she even started to drool she is acting strange should i worry

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    1. Yes, do worry. Please see a vet as soon as possible.

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  4. Me and my Uncle trying to mate a Shih Tzu and King Charles and it was a success but by and by our Shih tzu (A Girl) and her mouth is full of saliva and we don't know why...

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  5. I let my Morkie out of the room for a whole day yesterday and I think my family may have given him more to eat than he can handle. So far, he's only thrown up 3 times and he keeps drooling. I'm worried.

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    1. How old is he and WHAT did he get to eat?

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    2. 4, maybe 5 years old. His normal dog food(Beneful) and some bones.

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    3. Well, don't want to add to hysteria but I'd be leery of Beneful. More importantly, what bones?

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    4. Cooked chicken bones? Those can be quite dangerous. How is he doing right now? Might need to see a vet a look for a bone stuck somewhere, obstruction etc.

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    5. He just keeps deciding to walk in circles. He'll sit/lay down after a few seconds of wandering around slowly. He doesn't walk as fast as the day before yesterday. And the place I take him so he can see the Vet isn't open on Sundays

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    6. Still vomiting? Did he poop? What is the gum color? No emergency vet in your area? Usually there is an emergency hospital or a vet on call.

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  6. No. No. Pink with spots of brown. And not that I know of. I just hope he'll be fine by morning since that's when we'll take him to the vet

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  7. My dog started to drool a lot after he had a fight with my grandma's dog. I don't know what to do since it's the first time it happened. Maybe you can help me?

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    1. I'd worry about injury of some kind. A tooth might be broken, there could be a wound that isn't readily visible. Please have him checked.

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  8. I have also mentioned several times in my blog about the dogs and their drooling habits. Sometimes the drooling is not taken seriously because it is considered something natural and even when it is happening due to some serious problem like mouth infection etc.

    http://purrsngrrs.com/dog-drooling-problems/

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  9. Our Greyhound started excess drooling for two days now and not keen on eating. mouth, gums, and tongue are good. he does have acid problems with his stomach and takes Famotadine everyday (10mg). hes also been enjoying digging in the yard recently and just loves it. we keep it to a minimum because being a Greyhound he can over do the running around and digging too much and moan about the soreness later those nights. do you think all the excess excitement could be causing the more acid and leading to extra acid?

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    1. I think that the acid reflux is a reflection of an underlying problem. Please listen to this great podcast on GERD.

      Stress or excitement MIGHT be involved, but it is likely that your dog is what is called "sympathetic dominant" which can be improved via nutrition too. I think that long-term use of antacids isn't really good for him and doesn't solve the problem, just masks the symptoms of it

      Excess drooling for two days could be from an oral issue (whether dental disease of sorts, or perhaps something stuck in the oral cavity?) but also from unhappy GI tract.

      Both of these things could affect interest in food, though GI issue probably more likely so.

      If it was me, I'd see a vet, have the mouth thoroughly examined and the GI problems revisited.

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  10. My 4yr old active border collie/spaniel suddenly started hanging his head down. Next day his jaws were swollen. He can't eat. Heavy thick watery drool. Can't move. Glassy eyes. High fever. Has been on keflex for 2 days. No improvement. Help me please

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    1. Sheryl, be on your way to emergency vet.

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  11. I just adopted a 3 month old maltipoo today they gave him a second dose of shots but when we got home he started panting and drinking a lot of water he's pooped only twice and peed about 3-4 times he's also acting like he's gonna puke and you can hear his stomach making the sounds but he acts as if he swallows it but we did just leave the vet today so I don't really know. Should I be worried?

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    1. I'd at least call the vet and tell them about it.

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  12. My 6 month old border terrier drools a lot when being walked, after about 20 mins she is sick, she brings up a stomach full of soliver, clear in colour and no smell. After she is sick she is right as rain and we carry on. She eats and drinks well and toilet normal. Good weight and happy. No physical pain, no bad breath, nothing tender to touch etc. I have taken her to the vets and they listened to her chest and felt her all over, they have said she has extra large soliver glands but nothing is wrong to keep an eye on it.....I have now put her in a harness to take pressure away from her neck but it's still happening....any suggestions as I'm still worried.

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    1. Hi Eve, I have to say I've never heard of this problem before. Is there any heaving involved? Or does it just come out? I'd find that worrisome too. I'd at least seek a second opinion. It might be a good idea to get the second opinion with an integrative vet.

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  14. My dog is 8 years old. She is an English bulldog but she has never panted or drooled as much as she has been within the last couple days. Not only has she been drooling and panting a lot but she has also started peeing on the floor. It's almost like she can'ts hold it but she does it just randomly. Is this something we need to get checked?

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    1. Yes, please, have it checked. Any CHANGE should be checked. Is there increased drinking to go with the potty accidents? I'd start with check-up and urinalysis at least; ideally I'd throw in at least basic blood work as well.

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    2. I have an 8 year old bully too.. Same exact symptoms. I have him scheduled for blood work and a check up tomorrow. Do you mind updating me on what's happened? Mike@titanrebuild.com

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  15. I have a 10 an 1/2 month old full blooded Pit Bull. He is the baby of our family. He is the sweetest pup you'd ever come across. He hasn't been eating like he normally does, and he has had a fever and now the bad breath is here, and it smells horrible. I've planned on taking him to the vet later this week. But I was wondering if there was anything you thought could be wrong. I've checked his mouth, nothing. I've checked pressure points for pain, nothing. When we're playing with him he's fine. But when not he doesn't act like him self. He has shaked from like being cold an we quickly get him warmed up. I've been told it could possibly be from the weather changing and he could just have a cold. But what makes me a worry wart. When he was just a couple months old, he got parvo, an we cured it at home an got him better , set with him day in an day out for 2 an 1/2 weeks straight. Luckily the good lord was with us an helped cure him. But I'm curious if you've ever come across anything like this, with any pups??

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    1. Here is the thing with little puppies - they are extremely vulnerable to ANY disease and extremely vulnerable to not getting enough nutrition.

      Please do not wait until later this week and take him to a vet right away. Bad breath can be from internal issues as well, not only dental issues.

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    2. My dog is 2 and a half years old. she ate like 50g of pedigree and 40 ml of milk... She hasn't pooped today. She vomited once and she s salivating extensively after that... There s no vet available till tomorrow morning what shall I do? She is weak and not at all active from 2 days... Plz help I can't stop worrying

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    3. Hi Nisarga, does your dog get milk regularly? Many dogs are lactose intolerant and could well be that the milk upset her system.

      She does sound ill but it doesn't sound like an emergency. You're seeing a vet today, right?

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  16. My dog has had blood in poop. Excessive salivation. Always like a string and very frothy all over the floor. From last 5 days. Tough time keeping my infant away as he loves to crawl. Dog seems to be in stomach pain. Very quiet less active. Eating light and less. Drinking water and drooling. Vet visited home gave sone injection to relive pain and a laxative. That was 2 days back. But I know he is not improved much. We are very far from city in a remote village. No other vet here. He threw up some white froth and some pink colored semisolid just a while back can't figure what that is. Really worried ! My distancing due to baby is also making him more anxious.

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    1. Aarushi, your dog is in trouble, very sick and you need to find a vet to visit who can diagnose and treat this. Where do you live? There must be a vet somewhere in your area ... ?

      I assume your vet is suspecting a foreign body/obstruction, this might require to be removed surgically. Your dog needs some serious treatment.

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  17. My 7 yr old miniature dachshund has been more lethargic than normal lately, and after a short 10 minute walk she had drool on her mouth. She never drools. I have also noticed in the past week or so that she has a bump on her lower right back. Should I be worried/what could this be? Thanks!

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    1. Lethargy is one of the symptoms I take most seriously right there. Bumps I take very seriously as well. All in all, please do see a vet. Something is going on which definitely sounds serious enough to have it checked.

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  18. My one year old puppy (jack russell terrier mix) started throwing up (not much but a decent amount for her size), and now is drooling excessively. She's moving somewhat slow, and acting strange and very weak. She ate a decent amount today, and it doest seem like she has anything in her mouth, though she does play outside a lot and is very curious. She fell asleep now but is still drooling and acting & looking very sick. Could it just be an aftermath of the vomit/some little bug or something we should be concerned about?

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    1. I can't tell you what it is exactly but yes, please be concerned. Dogs throw up sometimes and might drool when stomach upset. HOWEVER, when lethargy, looking weak and acting sick comes into the picture as well, that is bad. Please see a vet today.

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  19. My 6 month old puppy is puking and has no appetite. I got him to drink a Lil water but it was hard. He puked up alot the first couple times now it's just white foam and drool. It's only been going on for 4 hours bit I'm still worried
    please reply at dferdig95@gmail.com

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    1. A sick puppy needs to see a vet right away. That is the only right thing you can do for your puppy.

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  20. My little 16 lbs mix dog is starting to drool excessively, we noticed bubbles on the comforter and couch from her drool. She is just dripping. We checked her mouth, no objects/blood/broken teeth. She is 7 1/2 hrs old. Should I see emergency vet or wait til morning?

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    1. Well, it is morning already, sorry.

      Drooling can be caused by oral disease (not everything can be easily visible), GI upset, or by licking or ingesting something unfavorable.

      If the drooling still continues, I would definitely see a vet.

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  21. Could salt cause it? I have a Maltese and she never drools. I made pasta and accidentally over salted the noodles. Throwing them away one penne escaped the bowl and hit the floor. Of course she was right there to tackle the problem lol but that really the only thing out of the ordinary today.

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    1. Strong or bad-tasting substances could cause temporary drooling. Wouldn't last very long though. And I don't know if one over-salted penne could do this, perhaps.

      It would happen immediately, though and it would be very temporary drooling though. If it is persistent, something else is behind it.

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  22. My dog is convulsing. Not like something is stuck in her throat but like she wants to throw up but is holding back. She threw up 3 times already. What to do?

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    1. I hope you sought veterinary help. What breed is your dog? Unproductive heaving can mean very dangerous things such as bloat.

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  23. hi. I have a one year old girl chihuaua and she is also pomeranian. Shes been vomiting up red stuff. So far 3 times
    She is drooling veryyy bad. Like ive never seen a dog drool as much as she is. She sounds as if she is having trouble breathing . Please help me

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    1. Savannah, you need to see a vet NOW.

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    2. Really ?! I am so worried . Thank you so much

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  24. We have two German Shepherds. Female 1 1/2 and male about 11mos. Our male was neutered yesterday and of course everything is different around the house getting through the recovery period. The normal things the dogs do together aren't happening right now. So today our female (who believes she is his boss/mom) puked bile and had diarreha in her kennel and is drooling. We called the vet and they said if she pukes again bring her in, but that it might be stress. Is it normal for a second dog to get that stressed when their "sibling" dog is under the weather?

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    1. It might not be from how he feels but from losing their normal play and interaction.

      I have to say that I think such violent reaction to change is possible but I agree that if she continues vomiting or having diarrhea (particularly both together) I would see a vet and run some diagnostics to make sure it's not an infection or something else physiological first.

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    2. Thank you so much, she seems to have improved through the day. Both dogs are now resting quietly in their kennels. We did make an appointment for morning just in case. She hasn't had another bout since before I sent this post (about 5hrs), but still some drooling. She is eating ok and acting mostly normal. A little tired maybe, but no one got a good nights sleep last night! She still runs out to backyard trying to get brother to come play, so that is a good sign. If she is still drooling in the morning we will take her in. Thanks for the advice!

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  25. Hi.
    My 2.5 year old Ridgeback cross suffers from separation anxiety (we had him from a rescue centre in November so are still learning his traits) so when we arrive home he's very hyper and bouncy (even if I only leave for 5 minutes).. I work from home so he's never alone too long. Tonight we nipped to the shops for 30 minutes, when we arrived home he was whining and shaking, looking scared, ears back, not hyper and bouncy.. We've been watching him for a few hours and now he's lethargic and drooling a fair bit... He's not interested in food or water either. He's been outside to pee and poop and he's got a bit of gas.. I've read the symptoms of bloat (as he's a deep chested dog) but he doesn't seem hard or swollen - though he did dry wretch twice just now.. I don't know what to think of this.. Will take him to the vet in a few hours when they're open, but just wondered if you had any insight to what this may be? I understand that dogs can suffer with depression too.. I'm really worried.
    Thanks in advance.

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    1. If you suspect bloat, even just a little bit, do not wait. See ER vet.

      What you're describing does sound like more than just separation anxiety. Please do not wait.

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    2. Thanks for your reply. I've been keeping an eye on him (it's 3:28am in the uk) as far as I can see, it's not bloat - gums are still pink, no swelling, no panting or retching...) still a mouth very full of saliva through and he's still lethargic. The vet opens locally in 3 hours so will stay awake with him until then..

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  26. My dog started to excessively drool and was breathing heavy. He also couldn't stand up . After about ten minutes of that he slowly got up and got back to his normal playful self. Ten minutes later I noticed that he threw up . What should I do ?

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    1. Drooling, breathing heavy and unable to get up are worrisome signs. How is he doing now? I'd see a vet with this.

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  27. My dog is suddenly calm and quiet when he was ALWAYS jumping up and hyper. And I noticed he has drool all over his neck. Usually he stays by the door but he's gone off most of the time. Is this a sign of anything?

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    1. It's definitely a sign of something. Particularly when a hyper dog becomes lethargic - it's a major red flag.

      What is it telling you that I cannot really guess based on this information but it is telling you something important.

      I would at least call a vet right away with these signs.

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  28. Hi I have a standard poodle and while I was outside today she somehow got inside and got into the trash. A couple hours later I came home and she had thrown up and has been drooling ever sense! Like drooling really really bad. It is leaving puddles in the floor. I called the vet and they told me I could giver her some buttermilk and watch her tonight if I wanted to or I could bring her in to them and they would keep her overnight and watch her. I decided to watch her but I am worried is it normal for a dog with just an upset stomach to drool this much or could it be something more serious.

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    1. Well, it depends on what was in the trash, doesn't it? What was in the vomit? Is she acting normally? (kinda because I'm assuming she still might not be feeling great).

      Is she responsive, normal temperature, normal heart rate, normal gum color?

      Yes, upset stomach can cause drooling but so can other things. It very much depends on what was in that trash.

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  29. She vomited up a lot of mac and cheese! I know she had a few small pieces of tinfoil also but I can't think of any kind of toxic substance in the trash. She is sleeping a lot but her drooling isn't as bad now. She kept down the buttermilk so I am hoping she just still has an upset stomach. She is responsive and walking around just not her normal playful self :(

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    1. Well, let's hope it's just a case of a garbage gut and it will resolve by today.

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  30. i have a 1 yr old female pom, in Dec she was diagnosed with kennel cough. the vet prescribed minocycline and hycodan. in Jan she was diagnosed with a collapsed trachea and had a slight infection on her paw as she was chewing on her paw. We was given hycodan, clavamox and theo-dor. Feb she was again prescribed clavamox andhycodan. March 7th her cough still wasn't improving and was diagnosed with pneumonia in her right caudal lung lobe she was given zeniquin and convene injections and again prescriber hycodan for the cough. March 18th back to vet as her breathing worsened. he advised fluid in right long lobe and was given another round of zeniquin and convene injections. her breathing still has not improved it still sounds a bit wet, it seems much worse when she is standing. she has no stamina to even go outside to potty. she eats boiled chicken with a little bit of her dry door food. i noticed her drooling a little bit today, not much at all, just a few drops but she never drools. is there anything else I can do for her?

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    1. Something is amiss here. I recommend a second opinion, ideally with a specialist. This needs to be properly figured out and addressed.

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  31. I have an 8.5 year old female bulldog & for months now she's had stringy drool (she had never drooled like this before), becomes bloated after eating & drinking & has been throwing up a lot of foam & mucous. Her appetite is not great & she's lost weight. I have brought her to the vet, they pulled some teeth but that didn't help. They also did X-rays, cardio tests & a full range of blood work which all came back normal. We currently have her on a steroid & antacid which don't really seem to be doing anything (except maybe giving her an appetite). I've read a lot about canine bloat though she is eating small meals several times a day & has solid stool. I update my vet weekly about her condition but nothing we've tried seems to change her symtoms. Do you think trying digestive enzymes and/or probiotics might help? Or trying a gas ex? I'm at a loss & just feel horrible for her. Do you have any thoughts? Thank you in advance.

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    1. Sorry about your baby. SOMETHING is not right for sure. I wouldn't expect bad teeth being behind vomiting and bloated abdomen etc. It could use drooling and less interest in food but not really the rest.

      Canine bloat is distention of the stomach, often combined with stomach twisting out of position, which is what makes it so deadly. However, there is no vomiting in such case, on the contrary, the dog will try to vomit but won't because at the stomach twists both ways out get blocked.

      I don't think that digestive enzymes and probiotics will hurt anything but I do think you are ripe for a second opinion, ideally with a specialist.

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  32. My 3 and a half yr old dog has started to drool more than normal we have recently got a new puppy and I know they can get a bit anxious which can cause them to drool but todau she was laid on the sofa and stared in to space and none responsive even to her name for a few moments I am a bit worried especially as her brother from the same litter has reasonately been put down due to epilepsy

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    1. Yes, sounds worrisome, please see a vet. Epilepsy can be managed quite well in most cases. Integrative vet medicine also has been quite successful at that.

      Please do see a vet as soon as you can, particularly if he's nonresponsive.

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  33. I noticed last night my dog was in pain and she would yelp when she went to jump on our bed up and down. So i felt around her legs and feet but she didnt wine when i touched her so i couldnt tell where she hurt. Also she walks normal and fine still. She also ate grass when i took to go potty. Shes going to the bathroom regurualy and fine it seems too. Today she wont even get on the bed or the couch and shes just acting in pain. Shes drooling now too. Im scared for my dog. Any ideas?? Thank you

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    1. Coty, there is only one thing to do - please take him to a vet today.

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  34. My puppy is 2 months old. I think he overate. Once he is up from sleep ,drooling, urine and poop comes out all together and he cant move an inch during this period (He behaves like how humans behave when they get fits). 2-3 minutes lates, once the drooling stops he starts to walk continuously in circles non-stop or keep walking next to any wall and does not respond to anything. It's like he does not know what is doing or where he is going. The Vet gave him Deworm medicine but he still does the same time to time ,once he is up from sleep. Its been 12 hours since this started. Is this due to overeating or could it be something else?

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    1. With what you're describing, VET NOW, please. This sounds like an emergency to me. Seriously. Don't wait. Ideally, see a different vet.

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  35. My 6 year old German sheppard... Started drooling lots two weeks ago... Took her to the vet he didnt even look inside her mouth or anything he just assumed it was an ulcer... Paid $200.00 for medication that has not helped... Not eating, lots of saliva, pink cicle on her tongue. Pls help

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    1. Why would they assume an ulcer? Based on what? Please see a DIFFERENT vet, I'd recommend as soon as possible, particularly with the loss of appetite and discoloration on the tongue.

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  36. I have a 3 month old lab/Australian Shepard. I noticed, after he got up from a nap, his fur was soaked from his neck, to chest, down to his legs. During the day I kept watch over him, nothing seemed too out of ordinary. His appetite seemed the same, he took a few more naps than usual, he still seemed his playful self when up and about, and he did have diarrhea twice, he didn't seem to be in any pain. When he is awake the drool seems a bit more minimal, but when he is laying down or sleeping for a length of time, the drool is excessive and when he gets up he is soaked. We are calling the vet tomorrow and are going to try to make an appointment. But should we be really worried about this?

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    1. That is A LOT of drool! I have to say I've never seen this much. Something is definitely causing it; perhaps a foreign body in the mouth? Such as a piece of a stick in the hard palate? Do see a vet with this.

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    2. We called the vet today, we told them of several symptoms our puppy has, I had forgotten to mention on here the fact that he bites his tail and his paws not like the usual dog chasing tail situation but like if it bothers him and drives him a little crazy, I never looked to into it because I thought it was normal and something I can train him to get out of but, our vet told us from the symptoms we described it seems he could possibly have outside allergies and the drool could be from anxiety, but we are still going to try and take him in, but the vet told us to wait it out another 24 hours seeming that everything else about him is normal. But we wanted to try and give him some Benadryl to help the irritation tonight and see if it helps but we aren't sure if that is okay to give our 3 month puppy.. Any advice? Thank you!

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    3. Well, that is a lot of drool for anxiety plus you said it happens while he's sleeping ... so I wouldn't be buying the anxiety theory.

      Biting tail at the root? That would most likely mean fleas. Biting at the end, plus paws = extremities, that could be allergies but could be something else as well. I think there is more to this than allergies and anxiety.

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