Drooling in Boston Terriers

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Boston Terriers are not usually big droolers like Boxers and other breeds of dogs so when they drool it is usually caused by something unusual.  Drooling in Boston Terriers can be caused by infection.

The dog has four pairs of salivary glands that drain into the mouth. Only the parotid gland, located below the dog’s ear on the side of the face, can be examined from the outside. The salivary glands secrete an alkaline fluid that lubricates the food and aids in digestion.

Hypersalivation (Drooling)

Some degree of drooling is normal in dogs, particularly in breeds with loose, pendulous lips. Excessive drooling is called hypersalivation. Hypersalivation is commonly triggered by psychological events such as fear, apprehension, and nervous anxiety, as well as anticipation of food treats.

Drooling also occurs in response to mouth pain caused by periodontal disease, abscessed teeth, and stomatitis. A dog who drools excessively and acts irrationally should be suspected of having rabies. Distemper, pseudorabies, and heat stroke are other diseases associated with drooling. Another common cause of drooling is motion sickness.

Tranquilizers cause drooling, as do many poisons. When a dog drools for no apparent reason and appears healthy, look for a foreign body in the mouth.

Treatment:This depends on the cause of the drooling.

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Drooling in Boston Terriers can be annoying.  Nobody wants to have saliva on them.  Correction depends on the cause and a good start is with your veterinarian.  Make an appointment and you’ll soon find the answer.

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