Thursday, November 11, 2010

Drooling -- Ways to Deal with the Deluge

While breeds like basset hounds and Saint Bernards are notorious droolers -- largely because of excessive skin around their mouths -- many dogs drool as part of their repertoire. Cats on the other hand, rarely drool, and even most breeds of dogs drool only sparingly. Try these tips from the experts to help slow the flow.

- Do a mouth check: If your pet is suddenly drooling more than usual, it could be because he has a foreign object lodged in his mouth. If you do find an object and can’t readily remove it, take your pet to the vet.

- Table the scraps: Rich leftovers may have uncomfortable effects on your pet. Drooling is one of the first signs of dietary distress.

- Travel in comfort: Some pets can get drippy and queasy when riding in a car or boat. To prevent this, vets recommend feeding your pet nothing or very little for a few hours before traveling. (giving them water is okay.)

- Practice damage control: If your dog is a natural drooler, tying a bandana around his neck will help protect him.

- Put placemats in his place: The mere idea of food can make even the driest dog a Niagara of enthusiastic anticipation. A large placemat under your dog’s bowl can help keep the place dry.

Since the causes of sudden drooling can range from a chipped tooth to poisoning, it’s a good idea to call your vet right away. Dental problems are the most common cause of drooling in pets that don’t normally salivate heavily. Drooling also may be caused by other diseases, so if your pet is suddenly drooling and not acting like his usual self, call your vet immediately.

*These tips are home remedies only and should not ever be used as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your veterinarian. If your pet has a medical problem, we urge you to seek competent medical care.

Alice England


Giupetto and Gianna Tails said...

This was a great post. Very informative and useful as always.
My dogs are not droolers, but once Giupetto got his collar stuck inside his mouth. First I noticed the open mouth, then the bit of drool - why? - he had a foreign object in his mouth.
Thanks Alice.

Cody's Closet said...

Great blog! I am learning so much and here I thought I knew a lot!

Art and Sew Forth said...

I didn't know this! "Drooling is one of the first signs of dietary distress."
I learn so much here!