Behavior Problems

Why Won’t My Lab Stop Drooling?

Dogs are wonderful but their drool and spit can be kind of gross… especially when the drooling gets out of control.  But, drooling is manageable if you can decide the cause.  Labs are not particularly predisposed to drooling like some other dogs so it is likely a different reason than anything genetic.

Why is he or she drooling?

Dogs drool because they are dogs but excessive drool can be gross.

A drooling dog can be sort of a yucky nuisance. But, there are plenty of things that you can do.

Certain stimuli will create drooling in your dog.  Exposure to food is a common stimulus that will cause drooling.  You may also find that your dog drools more after exercise.   Drool is also a sign of excitement and anticipation.  These are all normal responses that are nothing to worry over.

But, there are some health conditions that are associated with excessive drooling: 

  1. Gum infection
  2. Tumors in mouth
  3. Poisoning
  4. Kidney or Liver disease
  5. Nausea
  6. Stomach pain
  7. Rabies

How much is too much drool?

But, many pet owners will ask, “How do I know if their drooling is excessive?”  Here are a few signs that the drooling is out of control:

  1. Head shaking
  2. Covering mouth with paws
  3. Heavy breathing
  4. Drool absolutely everywhere!

What can be done?

  1. Homeopathic remedies, like lemon, can be used but should be discussed with the vet.
  2. Tying a bandanna around the dog’s neck may help.
  3. In severe cases, surgery may be an option.
  4. Treating whatever illness that is causing it will obviously end the issue.,


Let’s face it – drool is gross.  Dogs are lovely animals but no one wants their saliva all over their couch or pant leg.  In addition, excessive drooling can be a sign of something more serious that needs to be checked out.  So, if your dog is drooling a ton, suddenly and you cannot figure out why, you should see a vet as soon as you can.  If your Labrador only drools when he is expecting food or after a workout, then you may not have anything much to worry about.


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