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my dog just started leaking saliva from his mouth about 4 hours

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my dog just started leaking saliva from his mouth about 4 hours ago. its not drool its like a leaking faucet. he is a healthy 4 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 6 years ago.
Hi there and welcome to justanswer!

Look in his mouth. There is something in there or stuck. Often they will get a stick stuck on the roof of their mouth or in the lower jaw to cause this excessive salivation. If this is not the case, the other reason for this excessive salivation is if he has licked a cleaner such as clorox or detergent that burns the mouth. For this, you will have to flush out his mouth with fresh water 3-4 times to be sure all the cleaner has been removed.

If it continues, you may have to have your vet anesthetize him to see if there is a foriegn body present that you cannot see.

Good luck and Happy New Year!!
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
No sticks in his mouth, no cleaners available for him to get to.

I just gave him 3 saltine crackers. Silly i know, but thought it might dry him up. He's eating and drinking regular and seems in good spirits.

any other thoughts?
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 6 years ago.
Hi again and sorry it took me so long to get back to you.

He could have an abscessed tooth or something that he ate stimulated this excessive salivation.

Here is a website with more tips:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/ptyalism-hypersalivation-in-dogs/page1.aspx

Just click Close Window and you will get in.

Its a good sign that he is eating well. That means its not very serious.


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