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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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We have a nine year old male Boston Terrier who has recently

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We have a nine year old male Boston Terrier who has recently developed a drooling problem not associated with offers of food. Is this a symptom of something, old age or the breed?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Ptyalism (excessive salivation/drooling) is associated with oral pain - dental disease, stomatitis (general inflammation of the soft tissues of the oral cavity), and oral neoplasia - both benign and malignant tumors - as well as gastrointestinal distress such as cramping, nausea, and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD, acid reflux, heartburn). The onset of ptyalism should prompt a thorough examination of Chippy's oral cavity and if nothing untoward is found, investigation of his gastrointestinal tract and possible systemic disorders which can affect his GI tract. Administering an over the counter antacid such as famotidine (Pepcid) at a dose of 0.25 mg/lb twice daily or omeprazole (Prilosec) at a dose of 10 mg daily can be palliative if simple reflux underlies his ptyalism.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Matt,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Chippy. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin