Why do dogs drool
Ever wondered why dogs drool?
When dogs drool it can be a problem. More often than not. It is not all that serious. For many breeds drooling is quite normal and it is something you may want to take into consideration before getting a dog. Sudden drooling however, can be a sign of a more serious problem and you should take the dog to a qualified professional for advice.
Dogs drool, it is a natural behavior
Why do some dog breeds drool more than others. Well, some breeds, like the Saint Bernard, has very lose skin around its facial area. This can cause saliva to escape and drip on to the floor.
While you cannot prevent it. You can help it some by wiping of excess slobber whenever it becomes to much. Additionally you may want to encourage chewing by giving the dog a bone or one of many chew toy varieties.
Breeds which are notorious droolers include Saint Bernards, Bulmastifs, Basset Hounds and Newfoundlands.
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Broken teeth and gum infections
If your dog breaks a tooth or it attracts an infection in its gums. It can suddenly start to drool more than usual. It is not always easy to know when it has broken a tooth as dogs often do not show many signs of pain in their teeth or otherwise.
Inspect your pet dogs teeth regularly and take it to a vet if you detect or suspect any problems. You can help keep your dogs teeth healthy by brushing them periodically. There are special tooth paste available for dogs that does not foam as much as the human variations do. There are also dental chew rolls available. Your vet can also clean your dogs teeth for you. Preventing serious infection from occurring.
Dogs drool for many reasons
Excessive drooling in dogs can be caused by many other things as well. Including allergic reactions, digestive problems, stings, bites, nausea, epilepsy, nervousness, heat stroke and more.
Some of these may be dangerous to the dogs health and should be checked out by a professional. This is especially true if the dog all of a sudden starts to drool uncontrollably.
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