A dog drooling.

Dogs salivate sometimes when they’re content, sometimes when they’re hungry, and sometimes for seemingly no reason. While a certain amount of doggy drool is normal, some dogs salivate more than others because of certain behavioral and medical conditions that contribute to excessive salivation. Some breeds also drool more than others, while others kiss with an ample amount of slobber. The question of “why does my dog drool so much” is one we get asked often at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center

If your dog is dealing with uncool drool, let’s look closer at the causes and conditions of excessive salivation.

Why Does My Dog Drool So Much? That Is the Question.

There are multiple factors that contribute to how much saliva and drooling occurs in dogs. It’s a good idea to assess what triggers the drooling and how they are drooling. Most dogs salivate in certain situations, such as  when they are hungry or panting after a long run outdoors. If you suddenly notice more drool than before, it could be a sign of a larger issue.

Is It Just Typical Drooling?

When you are trying to discern how much drool is too much drool, you should first consider the breed. Dogs like mastiffs, bloodhounds, basset hounds, and Saint Benards are all breeds that have big jaws and wide lips and mouths. Their face structure causes them to drool more than the typical breed. If you are the lucky owner of one of these breeds, drooling will probably be a regular part of your daily life.

Excessive Salivation in Dogs

A variety of health problems and conditions can contribute to how much a dog drools. If you think your dog might be drooling excessively, you should talk to your veterinarian about the following conditions:

  1. Dental Disease: Periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene will contribute to excessive drooling. Tooth decay, inflammation and bleeding of the gum lines, and tartar buildup will increase the production of saliva and drooling.
  2. Foreign body in the mouth: Dogs explore the world with their mouth, so it isn’t surprising for them to occasionally get something lodged in their oral cavity. Check your pet for anything stuck between the teeth or in the gums. Do they have anything lodged in the back of the throat, or are there signs that your pet ate something that caused injury to the mouth and throat? 
  3. Stomachache: If your pet is experiencing gastrointestinal issues, like nausea, they may salivate more than normal. This may be followed by vomiting or gagging. If your dog is under the weather, have them checked out by our team. It’s true that pups have the occasional bout of tummy trouble, but excessive salivation coupled with nausea can mean they ate something toxic.
  4. Heat stress or heat stroke: This condition can become life-threatening without treatment. Overexposure to sun, heat, and humidity raises your pet’s internal body temperature and causes symptoms like red gums, dilated pupils, restlessness, hot skin, and excessive panting and drooling as the body attempts to cool down. Consider this an emergency and get your pet to a cooler area and call us for instructions.
  5. Allergies and upper respiratory infections: If your pet can’t breathe normally, they will breathe through the mouth and leave the mouth ajar. Allergies and URIs cause sneezing, congestion, coughing, and itchy skin. 
  6. Bloat: This condition in dogs can be fatal without treatment. If your dog is gagging, having problems passing feces, and has a swollen, painful abdominal cavity, they have bloat. Bring them in for care immediately.

In many cases, salivating is a normal doggie thing to do, but if the drooling is accompanied by other symptoms, call us at (704) 523-2996. This can indicate a disease or condition that needs immediate attention.