Your assessment results for:

Drooling or Dribbling

Urgency level: Low priority

Monitor your dog at home and contact your family veterinary practice if the situation doesn’t improve

What to do next

Monitor your dog for any new signs or changes in behavior

  • Contact your family veterinary hospital if your dog develops any of the following:
    • Severe lethargy or weakness
    • Vomiting
    • Inappetence (not eating)
    • Bad breath
  • If your dog gets car sick and drools as a result of this, your vet can prescribe them some anti-nausea medication.


Why it’s lower priority

Dogs may drool during or after specific situations

  • Based on what you’ve selected, your dog’s excessive drooling follows specific situations such as during car rides and when anticipating food, which do not usually require veterinary attention
  • Excessive salivation can even be found in some breeds because of the shape of their head and mouth. These scenarios are normal and do not require veterinary attention.


Home care tips

Check your dog’s mouth carefully for any obstructions

  • Gently open your dog’s mouth to check if you can see anything lodged at the back of their throat or across the roof of their mouth.
  • If a foreign body is stuck deeply, removing it from your dog’s mouth can be painful for them and they may bite you, so it is best to let a veterinarian do this.
  • 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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