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    Porkchop, 4 yrs old, started salivating this afternoon, thin like water. He has soaked his couch cover where his head rests and little puddles when he stands in the kitchen. I also noticed his poo is just tad loose, like pudding. I don't think he's eaten anything new. He's not his happy rambunctious self tonight. There are no foreign objects in his mouth. Any thoughts?

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    Are his teeth ok, none that look red or sore. Or no lumps in his mouth either. I heard tumors in their mouth can cause this too
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    He either has a tummy ache or he is in pain. Watch him closely, and if he gets worse or is not better by in the morning, a quick trip to the vet is in order. I hope it's just a tummy ache and it passes soon.
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    Agree with David.... Good chance upset tummy or some pain. Hope he feels better soon, keep us posted
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    Thanks for the advice. I am holding back on his treats tonight. I hope it's just a belly ache.

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    Hi Polly, I'm so sorry you're going through this worry with Porkchop, I hope it isn't something serious and he's feeling better soon. I agree with others that it may be that he is either in pain or he might have an upset tummy. Excessive drooling can be a sign of pain, or Infection in the mouth. Have you checked his mouth for any redness of the gums, any accesses or pus areas on the gums?, or have you checked his teeth for any possible fractured or decayed teeth? Could he maybe have eaten something that you're not aware of?, like a piece of a toy or other object? Excessive drooling of water from the mouth is also a sign of an obstruction along with diarrhea or vomiting. My Dozer has swallowed sweat socks on 4 different occasions and has shown these signs before throwing them up or pooping them out. Keep an eye on him and check his food for any foreign objects for the next week or two, it can take anywhere from a week to a month for them to pass things that they've swallowed.


    Home Dog Illness Symptoms Dog Drooling


    Excessive Dog Drooling


    A dog who is drooling excessively is not normal (although some dogs do drool a lot more than others!) If a dog suddenly drools excessively, it is usually a sign indicating that he is in pain or injured. For example, there may be something stuck inside his mouth, or he has a broken tooth. However, it may also mean that he is suffering from some health problem. This page looks at some common causes of excessive drooling in dogs.



    It is true that all dogs drool - especially when there is yummy food in front of them. Some breeds that have heavy lips such as bloodhounds and St. Bernards drool quite a lot because the loose skin around their mouths acts like a receptacle that traps saliva until it overflows.
    If your dog drools and slobbers, there is nothing you can do except put some wiping towels at convenient locations through the house.


    However, if there is a change in the "drooling pattern" of your dog (e.g. a normally "dry" dog suddenly starts drooling excessively), then you have to pay attention. Sudden excessive drooling usually means that the dog is not feeling too well. In extreme cases, excessive drooling can also lead to dehydration. Dogs with abnormal drooling may also show signs such as hard and listless breathing, head shaking, and scratching and pawing at the mouth.



    Causes of Excessive Dog Drooling - In the Mouth


    The cause of excessive drooling may be easy to identify if it is coming from inside the dog's mouth. If your dog is drooling abnormally, therefore, the first thing to do is to use a flashlight to examine his mouth. You may discover that the drooling is caused by any of the following:



    Foreign Objects


    Perhaps the most common cause of drooling in dogs is that something is stuck in the dog's gums, embedded in his tongue, or caught between his teeth. It may be a piece of string, a bit of bone fragment, a fish hook, etc. If you find a foreign object in your dog's mouth but are unable to remove it, seek veterinary help immediately.



    Gum or Dental Disease


    Dogs with gum disease such as tartar and gingivitis, as well as dogs with dental problems such as a bad or fractured tooth will also drool excessively.
    One way to check if your dog has gum or dental disease is to smell his breath. Usually dogs with gum disease or a bacterial infection in the mouth will have really bad breath!



    Injuries


    Injuries inside the mouth can also cause excessive dog drooling. Check for blood in the mouth and gums. Bleeding gums usually are bright red or even purple.



    Tumors


    Tumors that occur in a dog's mouth (e.g. melanoma) can cause a dog to drool excessively. There are of course other signs that indicate the dog may have a tumor in his mouth, such as bad breath, bleeding from the mouth, and difficulty eating.
    Other Causes


    If you cannot find anything unusual in your dog's mouth, consider the following possible causes of drooling:


    Nausea


    Many dogs will drool more than usual when they are traveling by car, because they suffer from motion sickness. The motion upsets their stomachs, causing them nausea which in turn causes them to drool excessively.



    Pain


    Dogs drool when they have pain. There are many reasons why a dog is in pain; for example, bloating, poisoning, infections such as ear infections or urinary tract infections, just to name a few. If you suspect that your dog is drooling because of pain, check for other telltale signs that may confirm your dog is in fact in pain.


    Liver disease


    Dogs suffering from liver disease may also drool excessively. Liver disease is a serious health condition and should be treated by a veterinarian without delay.


    Rabies


    Perhaps the most serious and scariest cause of sudden excessive drooling is rabies. Luckily, this is very rare.


    When to See a Vet Immediately


    You should get immediate veterinary assistance when:
    you cannot remove a foreign object from the dog's mouth;
    you have reason to believe that your dog is drooling because of pain or poisoning;
    your dog has a broken or fractured tooth;
    you can see pus in the dog's mouth;
    your dog's mouth is bleeding which cannot be stopped;
    your dog's breath smells really awful.


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    This is good to know! I also remembered that Porkchop was outside today and went to a neighbor's driveway. Townhouses close together. For some reason, I thought of antifreeze. I looked up the symptoms of antifreeze poisoning and they include drooling, thirst, diarrhea and other symptoms. I shined a light under my neighbor's car a bit ago and there was no leakage on the concrete. He doesn't have mouth ulcers assoc. with glycol and heart rate is even. I think glycol poison is unlikely but I am watching him closely tonight.

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    Hopefully it's just a upset belly. Is is his belly bloated or harder than usual. Just wondering if he has excessive gas. My vet told me to always keep gasx on hand for them... Keep a close eye on him, and keep us posted....
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    @paw7004 How's Porkchop today. Is he feeling better
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    Porkchop is doing much better today. There was no drooling this morning and he got peppy this afternoon. I did give him some treats yesterday, new ones, little small ones for obedience exercises. Zuke's Mini Naturals, Pork-flavored. I'm not sure if that is what caused his problems last night and I'm reluctant to give him anymore.

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    You could always try and see if he does it again. More than likely he had upset belly . But doesn't mean that was the cause.
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    Charley gets this occasionally too. Sounds like the new treats might have given him a belly ache. I agree this is really a scary symptom. It hurts me so when I see Charley feeling this ill. I do hope Porkchop is feeling better and this doesn't recur.


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