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Excessive Drooling in Dogs

What can cause excessive drooling in dogs?

It's common for dogs to drool. Drooling is even more common among certain breeds that have loose lips. However if a dog drools excessively, it may be because of a condition called hypersalivation. Fear, anxiety, and anticipation for food or treats can cause excessive drooling in dogs temporarily. If a dog has excessive drooling and acts absurdly, it could be a result of rabies. Other things that can cause excessive drooling in a dog include motion sickness, distemper, Pseudorabies or heat stroke.

What breeds of dogs have excessive drooling problems?

Certain breeds of dogs drool more than others. These breeds include:
• Saint Bernard’s may be the most common to drool excessively
• Basset Hounds
• Newfoundland’s
• Bloodhounds
• Mastiffs
• Boxers
• Great Pyrenees
• Clumber Spaniels
• Great Danes

For some of these breeds excessive drooling is normal. Not knowing whether a dog's drooling is normal or abnormal can give rise to many questions for dog owners. Read below where Experts have answered some of the most commonly asked questions about excessive drooling in dogs.

Could clindamycin cause a dog to excessively drool?

Case Details: The dog weighs 100 pounds and has been on a dose is 150 milligrams for 9 days.

This is usually a lower end dose for a dog that weighs 100 pounds. As such, it's not common for the dog to start having a reaction after being on this level of medication for nine days. If a dog develops a reaction to medication, it usually begins to show within the first two days.

That said, clindamycin can cause the esophagus to wear down if the dog doesn't get sufficient food or water, causing the dog to drool.

Another reason for the excessive drooling could be the ingestion of a spider or insect that has left a bad taste in the dog’s mouth. This could also make a dog drool in an effort to get rid the taste.

In some cases something is stuck in a dog's teeth or the top of the mouth can also make the dog drool excessively.

What could be given to a dog that is excessively drooling and has gas?

Below are some of the possible ways to treat this condition:
• Pepcid A.C. may be given at around .5 milligrams for every pound a dog weighs at around every 12 hours.
• Prilosec could be given around every 24 hours at .5 milligrams per every pound a dog weighs.
• Zantac typically is administered at 1 milligram for every pound a dog weighs, around every 8 to 12 hours.
• Pepto-Bismol could be given every 8 hours; normally the dose may be 1 milliliter for every pound a dog weighs.

Could a puppy drool for 2 days due to teething?

When a tooth is coming through, it can cause pain and make a dog drool. However, excessive drooling for 2 days as a result of teething is not common. Nausea, a foreign object in the body, systemic disease or gastrointestinal discomfort are more likely causes of excessive drooling in young dogs.

Excessive drooling could be a mild condition or could suggest a severe problem with a dog. For owners to be concerned when their dog starts to drool excessively for no apparent reason is natural. This could cause several questions and anxiousness for a dog owner. When you are not sure why your dog is drooling excessively, or if you want to determine if this is normal or suggestive of a more serious problem, one way to get clarity is to ask an Expert for their opinion. This can help you decide whether or not your dog needs to be seen by a vet.

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