Recently, many vets have had to handle cases of excessive drooling and licking in dogs.

They have found out that when a dog drools or licks beyond the normal canine behavior, there are underlying causes.

This news is troubling for dog owners because their companions could suffer from any kind of disease and all they would see is drooling or licking. What can be more disheartening?

The good news is that you can know what may be wrong with your dog’s system after reading this article.

Why Is My Dog Drooling And Licking Suddenly? 

For many years, excessive drooling and licking in dogs have been related to anxiety and stress release.

While this may be true for certain dogs, a new study suggests that gastrointestinal problems may be a major contributor to the development of the habit in many dogs.

One of such study was conducted in Montreal with 19 canines who were licking surfaces excessively. Fourteen (14) of the nineteen (19) had gastrointestinal problems, such as:

  • Lymphocytes, 
  • Plasma cells,  
  • Inflammatory cells infiltrate the gastrointestinal tissues.

The licking may begin infrequently and gradually grow in frequency and intensity.

Excessive licking is frequently accompanied by scratching and biting.

Health Problems That Can Cause Excessive Drooling And Licking In Dogs

It is likely that your dog does not drool that much, but is it still a problem? There is the healthy drool that lubricates your dog’s mouth and helps him eat and digest.

But there’s also the ‘Niagara Falls,’ which is used to represent too much drool or hypersalivation. It can indicate the presence of an illness.

Below are some causes and suggested treatments:

1. Breeds

Bloodhounds, Newfoundlands, Mastiffs, and Saint Bernards have loose top lips, or “flews,” causing them to drool more than other breeds.

Having a hand towel and possibly a bib on hand is a good idea.

2. Mouth Infection 

Tartar buildup on the inside of your dog’s lip can cause drool, resulting in mouth disease and tooth decay. Pull his lip back towards one of his ears to check.

Check if his teeth appear to be made of concrete, if they are brown, if his gums are swollen, red, or bleeding.

If any of these occur, have a professional cleaning and then brush his teeth every day. Oral ulcers, gingivitis, and tumors can all be checked by your veterinarian.

3. Heat Stroke

Pugs, Boston terriers, Boxers, and Bulldogs are more likely to suffer from heat stroke than other breeds. They just do not pant as much as other dogs do.

Even in the summer, your dog is wearing a fur coat, so it doesn’t take much for them to become overheated.

Heat stroke is common with drooling and licking when dogs are left in the sun or run without access to water.

To avoid this, make sure they have access to clean water and shady locations to cool off.

Keep them inside on hot days, minimize their exercise, and never leave them in a parked car.

If you suspect heat stroke, contact your veterinarian straight away because it can be dangerous.

4. Motion sickness and anxiety

Your dog will be scared or queasy if the only time they get in the car is to go to the vet for injections. 

5. Open-mouth Panting And Breathing 

Drooling can be caused by open-mouth panting and breathing, both of which are symptoms of nervousness.

If this happens, try placing your dog in a pet harness or canine seat belt in the back seat driving nowhere to make him more comfortable.

Then escalate your speed until you can back out of the driveway and drive around the block without him getting nervous.

To relieve motion nausea, repeat the technique as needed. Another option is to give him ginger pills, which may be found in health food stores.

Other options should be discussed with your veterinarian. If your dog’s motion sickness persists, prescribed medicine will almost certainly be required to provide comfort.

6. Organ disease

Drooling can be caused by a variety of conditions, including liver and renal illness. Dogs are more likely to become ill as they get older.

Annual examinations are recommended by veterinarians to detect and treat problems early.

7. Poisonous plants or animals

Azaleas, tulips, and chrysanthemums, for example, can make your dog drool and lick excessively, as well as make them sick.

Help your dog get rid of them. Poisonous frogs, toads, scorpions, and spiders may be licked or eaten by your dog.

Consult the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (ASPCA) for a list of dangerous plants to keep your dog from.

8. Stomach Aches

Dogs don’t think before they eat. Tennis balls to socket wrenches have been reported as being pulled from the stomachs of pets.

This might cause pain, nausea, and discomfort. Keep harmful materials out of their reach.

Call your veterinarian straight away if you suspect your dog has eaten anything it shouldn’t have.

9. Upper Respiratory Infections

Excessive drooling and licking can indicate a throat, nose, or sinus infection. Dogs who live in households or shelters with other pets are more likely to contract the disease.

Stress is a factor. This infection can only be treated correctly by your veterinarian.

However, you can safeguard your dog by keeping it indoors and away from other pets, and washing your hands after handling various animals.

You are in the best position to assess your dog’s behavior. It’s a good idea to take him to the vet if he’s been acting unusual for more than a day, seems stressed, is vomiting, or is not eating or playing as he does.

Home Remedies For Excessive Drooling And Licking In Dogs

Because there are so many causes of excessive drooling and licking, the type of home remedy you apply will be determined by the cause.

Without further ado, here are some possible home solutions for your dog’s excessive drooling and licking problems.

1. Herbal Tea Rinses with Coconut Oil

If your dog’s excessive drooling and licking are caused by a mouth injury, you can clean and cure the wounds by washing his mouth with strongly brewed herbal tea.

Teas have anti-inflammatory properties that can help to relieve itching and discomfort from injuries.

Coconut oil is also recommended because it is abundant in medium-chain fatty acids, which are effective against bacteria, fungi, yeast, viruses, and parasites.

2. Tincture Or Pill Of Ginger

Fresh ginger (powdered ginger, ginger tea, or tincture) can help if your dog is drooling and licking excessively due to motion sickness.

Ginger was proven to be as effective as Dramamine, a medicine used by veterinarians to treat nausea and motion sickness in dogs, with fewer adverse effects.

The anti-nausea properties of ginger are attributed to the presence of gingerol and shogaol, two chemicals that give ginger its characteristic flavor and help digestion.

Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to soothe your dog’s digestive tract and reduce nausea.

3. Bandanas/Bibs for Dogs

You may regulate it by tying a doggie bib or bandana around your dog’s neck.

Tying a doggie bib or bandana around your dog’s neck will help you control the amount of secreted saliva and give your dog something to absorb his excess saliva as it falls.

All you need to do is put the bib or bandana over your dog’s chest.

With a bib, your dog’s drool doesn’t stand a chance to splatter and mess your floor or seats, as you will be able to wipe it down on time. It also looks good and stylish on your dog.

Choose bandanas that are made of cotton or any other material with great absorbing properties.

Avoid nylon and synthetic materials, as they don’t wick away moisture effectively and may cause rashes on your dog’s skin.

4. Brushing

Dogs with oral hygiene issues also drool more.

Things like inflamed or bleeding gums, pain in his mouth, and tartar rubbing against your dog’s inner lips can cause excessive drooling and licking.

And this is where regular brushing may help—brushing your dog’s teeth more often and taking care of oral hygiene — can reduce his drooling and licking tendencies.

While brushing your dog’s teeth may seem like a challenge, particularly for new dog parents.

if you follow the right steps and do it regularly, it will be much easier—and your dog will be much healthier and happier. 

5. Treats

If your dog drools and licks more while in the car, consider feeding him about 3 hours before a car ride.

Besides, instead of letting him stress about your departure, consider giving him a few treats or toys when exiting.

Soon, he will associate your departure with getting delightful treats, and will no longer be anxious, eliminating his drooling and licking problem.

6. Water Should Be Readily Available During The Hot Summer Months

Ensure that your dog has easy access to clean water during the hot summer months to help him avoid heat stroke.

You should also avoid leaving him alone in your parked car or the sun on hot days.

Dog water fountains are more advisable to make sure your dog has access to fresh water since they maintain regular water circulation and allow your dog’s water to stay clean for longer periods without your help.

How To Stop Your Dog From Drooling And Licking Excessively

Excessive licking and drooling is a habitual activity that can affect any dog, regardless of age, gender, or breed.

While it is a behavior that can drive a pet parent insane, it also has a serious side to it. Many dogs who lick and drool compulsively do so out of fear, some underlying systemic problems must be addressed to protect your pet. 

Treatment strategies will differ because of the many reasons for drooling and licking. 

  • Cleaning teeth, 
  • Extracting teeth, 
  • Removing tumors, 
  • Treating GI disorders, 
  • Avoiding irritants, 
  • Healing injuries, 
  • Removing foreign objects,  
  • Giving nausea medicine before a car drive 

All these are options for treating an underlying cause.

However, if the problem is because of your dog’s behavior, try calming him down before allowing people into the house, or put him in a quiet room while you entertain them.

When you’re cooking dinner, be prepared for drooling by having a towel on hand to clean up the mess.

If the cause is because of your dog’s mouth shape, then there isn’t much you can do about it. Tie a fashionable bandanna around your dog’s neck.

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Wagwalking: How to Prevent Your Dog from Drooling

Companionrn: Excessive Drooling In a Dog: What It Means For River North Pet Owners

Healthyhomemadedogtreats: Best Home Remedies for Dog Drooling

Wagwalking: Excessive Licking in Dogs

Webmd: Why Does My Dog Drool So Much?

Vcahospitals: Dealing with Drooling