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Why do dogs drool

Updated on August 18, 2011

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.

Drooling dogs

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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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Drooling dogs

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      7 years ago

      what if my dog is a poodle and never droll before

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      7 years ago

      i have a 13 week old puppy that only drools when we put her into her kennel. it can be not even an hour and she is soaked in her own saliva. its gross and getting annoyed with all the baths I have to give her.

      anyone know of a reason or solution?

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      8 years ago

      Why is it, when my mum brings her new puppy over to visit, my 7 year old lab starts to drool non stop until the puppy goes? Its so irritating!

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      10 years ago from California

      What a gross topic, but interesting to dog lovers. Our huge yellow lab gets this LONGGGGGGGGGG string of drool when you cook dinner, eat, etc., We have to put him outside when we eat or things get gross :(

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      Dog Obedience Tra 

      10 years ago from Uk

      Some good information and great videos!

      Isn't drooling the worse thing a dog can do?

      I hate it too, as do most dog owners. Of course, it has a lot to do with the over breeding and genetics being messed with over the years by dog breeders.

      Such a shame really.

      Thanks for the informative article. A thumbs up from me!

      Wishing you great success. Sincerely,

      John from Dog Obedience Training hub

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      10 years ago from America

      We had two Great Danes and they didn't drool. We also had a New Foundland and she didn't drool. You can find dry mouth in dog breeds that are droolers. Big dogs usually do drool when they drink water. Loved your Hub

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      10 years ago from Georgia

      Great info. My dad hates it when my APBT and my mom's St Bernard/Collie mix drinks water and drools half of it out as their walking away from the water bowl.


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