Your assessment results for:

Drooling or Dribbling

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular animal hospital ASAP to make arrangements

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning. During your call, be sure to tell them what else is going on in addition to the excessive drooling.
  • In this case, it is the other symptoms you’ve selected in combination that makes this a high priority situation
  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If your dog becomes very lethargic or starts vomiting, contact an emergency veterinary hospital right away.
  • Don’t feed your dog or take away their water unless the vet advises that it’s ok.
  • If you suspect that your dog has ingested toxins or poisons, call the ASPCA Poison Control (available 24/7)


Why it’s high priority

Your dog’s symptoms indicate an underlying condition that needs to be seen by a vet

  • While excessive drooling on its own is unlikely an emergency, based on the other signs you’ve selected, your dog could have a condition that requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include dental disease and foreign body.


Home care tips

Keep your dog calm 

  • Try to keep your dog calm and quiet
  • You can use a handkerchief or bib to catch your dog’s drooling
  • Learn more about drooling (excessive salivation) in dogs


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Please note that our Symptoms Assessments and Results are intended for informational purposes only, and not a medical diagnosis. Our goal is to help pet owners make an informed decision about if, when and how urgently they need to seek veterinary care. Using our site should not and does not replace a consultation with a veterinarian.