Reasons for Excessive Drooling in Cats and Dogs

Reasons for Excessive Drooling in Cats and Dogs

It’s pretty normal to see your dogs and cats drool but if they have been drooling excessively, you might want to consult a vet. Here are a few reasons why your cat or your dog would drool excessively.

1. Dental disease and tooth decay

Mouth disease and dental decay is one of the most common reasons why your cat or a dog would drool excessively. Accumulation of excessive tartar rubs against the insides of your pet’s mouth, causing them to produce extra saliva and drooling. Take your pet to a vet and get them a dental checkup so identify brown teeth or bleeding gums. Proper treatment should be given to them including scaling and polish.

2. Foreign objects

While you are checking your pet’s teeth, look for foreign objects that might be stuck in their mouth. It could be a string stuck in the teeth or a small object causing discomfort and causing them to drool excessively. If you saw your pet grazing over some unknown plant or grass, make sure you remove it because many plants are known to irritate your pet’s mouth and may cause excessive drooling.

3. Heatstroke

During hot weather, if your pet stays outside for longer periods of time without having to drink adequate amounts of water, they can end up drooling excessively as a part of their natural coping mechanism. Extreme sun and heatstroke can be really harmful for your pet so make sure you hydrate them properly. If other signs such as irritability, rapid pulse and vomiting are present with drooling, rush them to a nearby vet.

4. Anxiety

Drooling can also be associated with anxiety and nausea. Drooling associated with nausea can be due to underlying stomach upset. If drooling goes on for more than a few minutes then you should take your pet to your vet.

5. Salivary gland disease

Your cat or dog can also drool excessively if they are experiencing a disease in their salivary glands. This includes a tumor, hyperplasia of the salivary gland, infection, sialadenitis and infarction of the salivary glands.

6. Drugs and toxins

Certain drugs and toxins can also cause your pet to drool excessively. These toxins can be found in cleaning agents, substances with bitter taste, animal venom, toad secretions and certain types of plants. Make sure you keep such things out of reach from your pet. If you suspect them becoming exposed to a such a substance, refer to your vet immediately.

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