Your assessment results for:

Drooling or Dribbling

Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact an emergency hospital ASAP and don’t feed your dog

  • Contact the vet before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions. 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 an emergency. Some regular hospitals may be able to treat your pet.
  • Don’t feed your dog or take away their water unless the vet advises that it’s ok. This will not help your dog, and depending on the underlying issue, may make it worse.
  • If your dog has a seizure or bloated abdomen, be careful as your dog may bite.
  • If you suspect that your dog has ingested toxins or poisons, call the ASPCA Poison Control (available 24/7)


Why it’s an emergency

Your dog’s symptoms indicate a time sensitive condition

  • While excessive drooling on its own is unlikely an emergency, based on the other signs you’ve selected, your dog could have a life-threatening time sensitive condition and requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include toxin ingestion, nervous system disorder, and bloat.


First aid 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.