BullyLove77 avatar image

Excessive Drooling Episodes

Hello, I have posted about this before. Gunther gets episodes of excessive drooling. For about the last 3 years. It just happens. We don't know why. We have tried gravol, pepcid and tramadol to relieve it and nothing works. Sometimes it's for hours, just dripping and dripping. Sometimes it is accompanied by licking. Sometimes not.

We took him to the vet the other day and got fulll bloodwork done on organs, etc. Everything is perfect she says. She wants to send him to a neurologist, but first she wants us to put him on a hypoallergenic diet for 3 months to see if it's possibly an allergy to something. I should say he is a bad paw chewer, so the food would prob definately help that. He is a little overweight and get's all sorts of table scraps, so this will be hard for us.

Any opinions? Could the drooling be an allergy you think? Vet checked out teeth and salivary glands and all seemed fine.

When he has them, he seemed a little distressed like he's not feeling well, but otherwise is completely alert..

I uploaded a vid of what one of these looks like... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TX00M8K4o4

I really hope it's not a nerological thing....

__________________

Gunther's Blog: www.guntherthebulldog.com

CathyandZimmer's picture

Could it be an upset stomach?

I had a friend, his bulldog did this when his stomach was upset. Maybe next time try some tums for him....just a thought.

__________________

Cathy & Zimmer

www.midatlanticbulldogrescue.com

 

 

BullyLove77's picture

it COULD be...

That's the problem really! It could be anything! He probably gets overfed, so switching to a diet where he only gets HIS food could help to alleviate that as well....

__________________

Gunther's Blog: www.guntherthebulldog.com

Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

Chester used to do exactly the same thing...

for years he would have drooling attacks and soak everything in his path.  The vet said it was either pain or nausea so we would treat both and sometimes it would just have to stop on it's own.  We've always had Chester on grain free food and he has numerous problems that could cause pain (hemivertibrae and a bad leg) but one day he had to have an emergency palate resection done after his throat swelled up and we almost lost him.  Since he had the surgery, he still does his normal drool after drinking, but doesn't do the copious for no reason drooling.  So I can't say if it was his elongated palate that was causing the problem, but fixing it sure helped.  Have they ever evaluated your guy for palate problems?  I know how concerning it is, I just wish they could tell us what the problem is.  

BullyLove77's picture

So glad chester is ok!

We have never had his palate checked out. I "think" he's ok. He does have sleep apnea and snores most of the night. He always appears to breathe just fine except when he has "reverse sneezes."

yes, I wonder if it's a palate issue... I have seen a lot of bulldog owners comment that it happens to theirs.... but pinpointing what it is, is awful. It really is beginning to bother me.

__________________

Gunther's Blog: www.guntherthebulldog.com

Stephanie and David's picture

WAking up?

Does this mostly happen in the morning or when your dog's waking up after a long nap? This used to happen to Maybull and we discovered that it was a little acid reflux, solved by giving her a snack before she went to bed. A dog cookie or a little piece of bread with peanut butter might solve the problem. If you feed your dog only once a day, you may want to divide the same amount of food into two or three meals.

Let us know if this works.

BullyLove77's picture

hmm interesting..

I don't think it's connected to sleep. It's sometimes after dinner when my husband thinks he gave him too much food. It usually also happens after we go for a walk in the snow. he eats the snow and gets drippy afterwards as well. I wonder if that means anything...But sometimes it can just happen out of the blue...

He does have an ACL tear...I'm sure that might be causing pain at times...He gets it at least 1x a week.....sometimes more, sometimes less...

__________________

Gunther's Blog: www.guntherthebulldog.com

Stephanie and David's picture

Snow

Maybull used to take great mouthfuls of snow and then immediately throw up. This is probably not connected to you do's problem. I could be pain related. I wish I could come up with a better answer.

BullyLove77's picture

snow makes him drool too..

He does get episodes when he eats snow after a walk. So it that pain or nausea? Maybe that could be causing the other episodes when there is no snow eating?

__________________

Gunther's Blog: www.guntherthebulldog.com

Stephanie and David's picture

eating snow

Maybull would eat snow, throw up immediately and then eat more snow. I think she thought it was all part of a game.

BullyLove77's picture

Anyone used nux vomica?

I was recommended to try nux vomica tablets from the homeopathic section. Apparently it's good for tummy upset for dogs and a host of other things. Anyone tried it?

__________________

Gunther's Blog: www.guntherthebulldog.com

Sams74's picture

Hi

I've only seen Molly drool like that when she's watching me get her food ready/holding a treat, or when she had a stomach bug and was very nauseous.  Maybe his stomach is upset from over eating? Do you hear any noises from his belly?  I would think it is more gastrointestinal related because maybe it goes away once he digests.  That's just my guess.  By the way, his coloring reminds me sooo much of my Molly! He's a handsome guy! Hope he feels better soon! :)

__________________

Our boy Dudley does the

Our boy Dudley does the exactly the same thing from time to time. It can last for several hours and then passes. Try brushing his teeth, it may be as simple as something irritating being caught in his teeth, this sometimes works for us.