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All of a sudden my 7 year old Shih Tzu's mouth is watering…

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All of a sudden my 7 year old Shih Tzu's mouth is watering excessively. Is this a serious issue?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the Shih Tzu?

Sudden excessive watering from the mouth

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the Shih Tzu seem to hurt?

He doesn't appear to be in pain

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. No obvious pain. What is the Shih Tzu's name?

Boh

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 9 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 9 months ago

1) Any nausea or vomiting?
2) Is he willing to eat and drink well?
3) Have there been any changes to the diet? New food? New treats? Bones? Has any human food been fed? Torn up toys? Stressful changes to the environment?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
1. No vomiting
2. Has not yet had anything to eat or drink
3. No changes to diet. No to everything in this question.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 9 months ago

How long has it been since your companion consumed food or water?

How long since your companion last had a professional dental cleaning?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Boh is eating treats and drinking water.He has not had a professional teeth cleaning, but his Vet has said that his teeth are in good shape. He does get daily dental chews.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 9 months ago

Thank you for the additional information. Drooling is commonly linked to both nausea and periodontal problems. So, yes, it can be a serious problem. At 7 years of age, it would be uncommon for a smaller breed dog not to be in need of a routine cleaning. I would certainly have your vet examine the mouth for discomfort and abnormalities and determine if a cleaning is needed or if this might be nausea. You did mention that Boh is eating treats but not his food, is this correct?

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 9 months ago

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
that is correct. Eating treats, but no food.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 9 months ago

And the regular food that is offered, is that a soft or dry type of food?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
He has access to a plate of dry food and a plate of wet (soft) food.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 9 months ago

Unfortunately, the desire to eat treats and avoiding regular foods can both be a sign of nausea and also of oral discomfort. In cases of both nausea and discomfort, dogs typically will prefer to ingest only enticing food options. I think the best approach here is going to be an examination with your vet. This will give your vet a chance to examine the mouth and determine if anything has changed since the last examination and if discomfort is present. If not, anti-nausea medications can be given.

If you wish to try something at home, I would administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with any nausea that's present. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0 If he eats following this medication (typically 2-4 hours following), you're likely seeing symptoms of nausea. You can use the famotidine daily which should improve his desire to eat. If it does not, this suggests oral pain is present and an examination will be indicated.

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