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A veterinarian’s advice on dealing with drooling in dogs

Excessive drooling can be caused by so many different variables. For this reason, it’s really important to consider all of the possibilities. Think back and ask yourself:

  • What did my dog eat today that might be unusual
  • Did they get any human food or a bone?
  • Did they get into the garbage?
  • Do they seem painful around their mouth?
  • Is there anything stuck in their mouth?
  • Is there a bad smell coming from their mouth?
  • Are they riding in a car?
  • Are there any new plants (or other toxic household items) they may have gotten into?


Considering all the possibilities will help you understand the potential cause of the drooling, and will help guide your veterinarian when it comes to determining treatment.

If your dog is drooling excessive puddles, or the drooling is persistent for more than a couple of hours, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian to assess the situation. If you can see something is stuck in your dog’s mouth, if they are having trouble swallowing, or if you’re aware that they got into a toxic or poisonous substance, you should see your veterinarian immediately.

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