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I have an 12 yrs old lab he have not been eating today and not much the last week.He been drolling alot and it sinks
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Thanks for the question.

While I cannot diagnose this over the internet I can tell you the following ...

There are quite a few causes of drooling { excess salivation } in the dog, some are trivial and will pass quickly such as your Lab picking up a toad in his mouth, Others are very much more serious and will require veterinary attention, such cases could well be lethargic and the dogs will not want their food as well. Until you know what the cause is then there will be no real way to treat it, but given the symptoms you describe I think it would not be safe to attempt home treatment so you should have a vet check your Lab over at the next opportunity.


However if I wanted to make a list of what could possibly cause excess salivation { ptyalism } in the dog based on my past experience it would be as follows :

1. A foreign body like a stick or fish hook stuck in the mouth or throat.

2. Ulcers or wounds in the mouth.

3. Poisons, like chewing wood with old lead paint on it, certain plants in the garden, chemicals from the environment.

4. Infections, bacterial or viral centered in the mouth, throat or salivary gland.

5. Salivary gland defects such as sialoceles.

6. It is very rare but cancers of the mouth and throat are possible.

7. Dogs very often salivate for an hour or so if they pick up a toad in the garden.

My advice : Open the mouth and look in carefully using a torch or carry this out in an area with good lighting. Look for foreign objects like sticks stuck in there, do not forget the roof of the mouth. Also look for ulceration.

If you find nothing have a think about poisons or chemicals etc. in the environment.

Here is a link to a web page which covers this subject so you can research it in depth : LINK

If I have not covered your question fully enough or you would like to ask more I will be online for the next hour or so and I will be at your disposal.

Scott Nimmo BVMS MRCVS
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