Why Do Boston Terriers Drool A Lot & How To Manage It
Is your floor always filled with some puddles of saliva or are your clothes always full of wet spots from Boston Terrier drool?
You may be questioning the extent of your dog’s drool at this moment that is why you are checking this article out.
Maybe you are also someone who is checking first whether you’ll get this breed, and you want to know first if they will be prone to drooling problems.
Well, here are the answers to your questions, so see if you would still want to deal with the Boston Terriers after you know more about the reasons for their dribbling.
Causes of Boston Terrier Drool
The first thing that you should know is that Boston Terrier dogs are not excessive droolers like their English Bulldog ancestor and other breeds that have large jaws and droopy lips.
You may be remembering the face of Beethoven by now. (No, not the Musician. The famous Saint Bernard dog, that’s the one!)
As you can see, Bostons are brachycephalic dogs that have flat faces and they also have droopy lips, but they do not drool all the time.
There will always be reasons for their dribbling. Sometimes you don’t have to worry about it because it is completely normal, but there will also be times that their dripping saliva is a sign of danger.
What you need to be aware of are the difference of threatening and non-threatening reasons for your Boston Terrier Drools.
NON-THREATENING (NORMAL) REASONS
Yummy food on the plate
Of course, if your mouth is watering with the sight and aroma of the food in your table, then it’s not a wonder why the Boston Terrier is leaving a puddle of drool right in front of you.
Food anticipation is one of the many causes of excess flow of saliva and there is no need to panic when that happens.
What you can do in order to prevent their drool to from reaching the floor is to place an absorbent mat underneath him.
A bib or a bandana will also be a good way to catch the excess saliva before it streams down their chest and front legs.
Adult teeth coming in
It is normal for your young Boston Terriers to drool when they are at their teething stage. It will happen before they are six-months-old because their baby teeth will fall and will be replaced with adult teeth by then. The bib and the absorbent mat will also be helpful with this.
Drooling will be expected once you take your dog out for a walk and some simple exercise. It will be necessary for them because that’s their way of cooling themselves down.
As their DOG parent, you can prevent the drooling by checking first the temperature outside is fit for walking and playing, and it’s also important that you have water to give them.
Let them rest once they’re beginning to pant and salivate and watch out for heat stroke.
Sometimes, if you do not know yet how to properly drive your dog around, they may have motion sickness and they may feel nauseated.
This will cause the drooling. They may feel even more like vomiting if the car sickness is mixed with the anxiety of going to the vet.
You must have some travel carrier training to help you and your pooch, and you must also make the vet visit an exciting one by bringing more treats. For the meantime, don’t forget the bib.
These are the scenarios that cause normal drooling, but if it’s something unfamiliar and the Boston Terrier is salivating excessively, it’s another story.
THREATENING (UNHEALTHY) REASONS
Toxic food or poisonous plants
If your dog is salivating and the reason isn’t one from those that are stated above, then maybe it has eaten something that are not good for their health.
You’ll know that your dog is poisoned if aside from drooling, it’s having seizures, vomiting, or diarrhea.
There are also instances that the plants you keep in the house or in your yard are poisonous to your pooch and it will also lead them to drool and they may even get sick.
The best thing that you can do is to prevent the poisoning from happening. Search for the lost of poisonous plants and toxic foods that you should keep out of your Boston’s reach.
Alarming health problems
When the excessive drooling of your Boston Terrier is not normal anymore and you are not sure if it’s from toxic food also, it is the time to contact the vet because they may have some internal problems that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
One of the health issues that cause drooling is upper respiratory infection. The dribbling may indicate that your dog is suffering from nose or throat infection and it is risky if there are other animals in the house. It may be contagious.
The drooling may also be an indicator that your pooch has kidney or liver disease. For this reason, regular check-ups are necessary so that this problem can be spotted earlier, and proper measures will be made.
Aside from the normal teething stage, once your dog reaches 6 months, there might be some serious problems with their teeth that will cause them to drool excessively.
Not only do they need to visit the vet regularly, but they must also have regular oral hygiene and dental check up as well so that this will be prevented.
These are just the usual reasons why your Boston Terrier drools so if you are not sure about the cause and can’t find some external signs, directly call your vet and waste no time. Also, remember that prevention will always be better than cure so here are more tips that you may use to stop the drooling.
HOW YOU CAN MANAGE THEIR DROOLING PROBLEM
Keep an eye on them. When you are walking them outside, make sure that they will not stop and eat something that they’re not supposed to.
Don’t let plaques build up. Brush their teeth even if it’s just once a week so that they will not be prone to the pain that tooth decay will bring.
Don’t let food particles stay in their mouth. Make sure that they are chewing and swallowing, not just inhaling their food.
This breed does not drool for no reason at all unlike the Pitbull, German Shepherd, or Saint Bernard.
Don’t get us wrong, these breeds also have their best traits, but if you are someone that hates the wet sticky drool in your floor and skin, then Boston Terriers will be good enough for you.