My dog has started to drool excessively, what happens?

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The excessive salivation in dogs is an indication that something has changed, but does not necessarily have to be something bad. As it happens to people, your pooch can be drooling more than usual to a stimulus, such as his favorite food, for example. The dogs are animals with a fantastic sense of smell. If he’s hungry, and you prepare a homemade meal, which is especially delicious and served with love, it is normal for him to salivate a little more than usual.

Anyway, there are occasions when drooling a lot can be a symptom of a problem in the stomach, gastritis or the beginning of a disease. In this article we are going to give you clues so that you can find out what is happening to your dog. Anyway, this article is merely explanatory; we recommend that, if you are worried, you go and post a question to our online veterinarians directly.

My dog salivates excessively in the car and when left alone

What we have to look at is: what else does he do other than drooling? If you also notice changes in his mood: sad and trembling, it can be an indicator that something is not right. In general, we could be dealing with a kidney problem, gingivitis or a gastric problem. The trembling in dogs can also be a symptom of distemper, which sometimes appears in combination with this excessive salivation.

The problem with distemper is that it can have a bunch of different symptoms, some of them being the ones we mentioned. If the disease progresses, vomit and also diarrhea with blood might happen. Whenever you notice a sudden change in the mood of your friend or trembling, get in touch with our veterinarians. Even though you've vaccinated your dog against distemper, remember he can still get infected by it.

My dog trembles and vomits, what is going on?

If he vomits or has nausea in addition to drooling, two things might be occurring; either he has been poisoned with something, or he has something stuck at his stomach or that something wasn't digested very well. With these symptoms there is also a possibility of distemper. As we said, it is a viral disease that comes in many forms, but the most common is the one we will comment here.

As it happens to people, all this saliva that your dog is producing in his mouth can be a natural response with the purpose to expel what has been swallowed, or a reaction to pain he’s suffering in his stomach. In this situation, the last thing you should do is giving medicine without veterinary prescription.

You might read in some forums that it is recommended to give him omeprazole or some oil; don't do it. Vomiting in dogs can refer to a gastric problem, but they can also be a cause of intestinal parasites, distemper, and a gastric torsion or, simply, you may be confusing it with the normal regurgitation the animal sometimes does.

My dog drools and has diarrhea, is he okay?

As well as vomiting, diarrhea in a dog can cause dehydration, so you have to act as soon as possible. The problem, again, is not that he drools, it’s that this abnormal expulsion of feces is related to have eaten a product in poor condition or because he has a severe intestinal problem. If blood appears in diarrhea, the case becomes urgent, as the animal might be infested with parasites.

In this case, it is best to go quickly to the vet. The reason for diarrhea will be determined and your vet will apply the corresponding treatment, as well as some diet to regain the tone and consistency for the animal droppings.

Normal reasons why my dog drools

As we hope you got it until now, the excessive salivation in dogs doesn’t have to be a problem if it doesn’t occur with other symptoms, in which case you have to go quickly to the vet. A dog drools because of excitement, hunger or because something is bothering him in his mouth. This can happen both during the day and night, but if it doesn’t happen with vomiting, mood changes, loss of appetite or diarrhea, it doesn’t have to mean something serious.

Anyway, as we said at the beginning of this article, this text is only informative. If the excessive salivation persists and you're worried, consult with our online veterinarians. In Barkibu we are here to help. When you contact us, don't forget to mention all of the symptoms that appeared with this drooling, which will be crucial in determining what could be happening to your pooch.