Al Bundy

My lab is dripping saliva...

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Last night I noticed my lab was literally dripping saliva all over the place. It was constant drip drip drip and the floor and blanket got real wet.  This is not her drooling for food. She drools and has long pieces hanging from her mouth when she picks up food scent. This was different. Anyone have this happen before????? Im not usually one to run to the doc immediately but I must say this is a bit concerning. Im thinking take her to the vet tonight if she still is doing this after 24 hours. 

EDIT: Scary shit after googling.  She has her appetite, good energy.  As of last night, I notice nothing different about her behavior other than the saliva.

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Yeah, I would take her to the vet. Having her appetite is a good thing, but that salivation can be a sign of a foreign body, which is no bueno, and the longer you wait, the worse it gets. My wife is a vet, and I can't tell you the number of animals she has lost because people waited too long to bring them in. It's much better to pay the exam fee and play it safe.

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When in doubt take her to the vet. Especially if this is something you've never seen before. I know that with my past dogs, anxiety sometimes would bring on excess drooling? Like when going to the vet!!!

Hopefully it's nothing??? But let us know how she makes out.

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I was always under the impression that dogs “sweat” through their breath/panting. Could excessive saliva be relate to an elevated temperature...infection? Just a guess.


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My Lab is turning six in a few months. Thinking back, she likely picked up/ate a piece of spent 4th of July type sparkler on Saturday night.  I am not certain she ate it or just picked it up. I thought she picked it up and dropped when I told her to.  If this is the cause, I would think she would show signs before 3 days.  That was Saturday night and she shows sign of this on Tuesday night. I wonder a piece of sparkler is stuck somewhere.  Im getting more and more nervous now.  

 

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6 minutes ago, Al Bundy said:

My Lab is turning six in a few months. Thinking back, she likely picked up/ate a piece of spent 4th of July type sparkler on Saturday night.  I am not certain she ate it or just picked it up. I thought she picked it up and dropped when I told her to.  If this is the cause, I would think she would show signs before 3 days.  That was Saturday night and she shows sign of this on Tuesday night. I wonder a piece of sparkler is stuck somewhere.  Im getting more and more nervous now.  

 

Labs are notorious for doing stuff like that. I wouldn't wait on it. Once those intestines start bunching up around something, that's a bad deal. I would get her in, if anything, just for your peace of mind.

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I say go to the vet, how is it going now? 

Check to see if there is something stuck in teeth, roof of the mouth. 

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This happened to my Weimaraner years ago. I can't for the life of me remember what was up with him, but I'm thinking it was some sort of an infection. Go to the vet.

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I got home last night and was worried I would find her in a bad state.  She greeted me normally, jumping and whining and wagging her tail. I let her out to do her business and took my headlamp with me. She squatted down with no issue and left a big ole steamer.  Nothing looked abnormal.  She ran around like usual and eventually inside we went. She inhaled her dinner like usual.  I then checked her mouth, gums, teeth, throat best as possible.  Only thing I saw was yellow build up on her front teeth. Didnt seem abnormal to me. I poked, prodded, tapped etc her mouth and her belly area looking for reaction from her. Nothing. I watched her mouth and didnt see anything leaking out.  Where she laid her head I went and checked periodically for wetness. Nothing. The only hint she had something a little bit still was now and again (once every hour or two roughly) she would lick her lips. I think she was still producing a bit more than usual saliva but a lick now and again took care of it instead of it leaking out all over the place.  She seems extremely fine and I opted not to go to the vet. 

I also found a great website on dogs eating fireworks! Listed specifically was sparklers, which was what she might have picked up. If no signs after 8 hours then there is no concern according to this article.  I essentially ruled out any type of fireworks poison with that. It also said she needed to eat a quantity in order to have serious adverse affects. Since she may have only picked up one part of one, it didnt seem this could have done much to her. 

Im going to keep my eye on her for a while yet, but whatever was happening looks to be going away and nearly gone.  Maybe it was a small piece of sparkler that moved through her body, maybe she got a burn on her mouth, maybe she ate something else. I did have a house full of people and another dog around for the weekend as well. Im happy as a clam she is OK. 

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I've had this happen periodically with my lab mix, and usually its a small piece of wood/stick that he was chewing stuck between one of his teeth. I usually just check his teeth/gums for any foreign matter and keep an eye on it for 24 hrs. If it doesn't get better, vet time.

Glad to hear things are looking better. 

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Sorry, just go to this now.

I had the same thing happen many years ago.  I left a bag of Jack Link's beef jerky on the coffee table and my puppy at that time got to it and ate it but also ate the silica gel that they usually keep in there.  I took her to the vet, vet put her on IV.  Said the drooling is just her body expelling out the chemicals/toxins.

I dropped her off in the morning.  By the time I picked her up after work she wasn't drooling any more and jumping around like nothing happened.  In the end, I just figured the IV was another reason for him to milk me for $500 but you never know how their bodies would react to a foreign substance.

I'm glad your lab to going ok.


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Just now, Elmo said:

Sorry, just go to this now.

I had the same thing happen many years ago.  I left a bag of Jack Link's beef jerky on the coffee table and my puppy at that time got to it and ate it but also ate the silica gel that they usually keep in there.  I took her to the vet, vet put her on IV.  Said the drooling is just her body expelling out the chemicals/toxins.

I dropped her off in the morning.  By the time I picked her up after work she wasn't drooling any more and jumping around like nothing happened.  In the end, I just figured the IV was another reason for him to milk me for $500 but you never know how their bodies would react to a foreign substance.

I'm glad your lab to going ok.

Hindsight's 20/20, it's easy to think that charge was frivolous, but if they hadn't followed a poison protocol and your pup got worse or died, it would have been on their heads. Good medicine means proactive treatment.

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I clicked on this, while at work, REALLY hoping this wasn't something porn related....:rofl:

Glad to hear your pup is doing OK!!!

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Hmmmmmmm. Had not even thought about porn but OK I see it being possible now after reading the subject!! I'm glad to know that the saliva is potentially expelling the toxins. Not sure what I would do without my duck hunting partner. Though she does have this very bad habit of picking up spent shells and chewing them.  I gotta pick up the shells quicker. 

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Our lab started drooling two different times like you describe.  One time was due to him getting a glow stick and chewing it, after some research I guess they are very bitter (and non-toxic) and that caused the drooling.  The other time he got some kind of bug (might have been a stink bug) and I think it was similar, bitter and caused the drooling.  Might have been something as simple as a bug.

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Good stuff to know! Making me feel better and better. She does eat bugs. She likes to try and catch flies out of the air.  Shes batted spiders around like a cat. Its funny to watch. 

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Freeking labs. I wish they would learn not to eat stuff that makes them sick but nooooooo they just keep eating the same stuff over and over again.

I’m glad your pup is feeling better. I hate that feeling you get when your dogs sick and you just want your bouncy ball of energy back.


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Freeking labs. I wish they would learn not to eat stuff that makes them sick but nooooooo they just keep eating the same stuff over and over again.

I’m glad your pup is feeling better. I hate that feeling you get when your dogs sick and you just want your bouncy ball of energy back.


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My uncles lab ate a 5 pound bag of flour once.


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My uncles lab ate a 5 pound bag of flour once.


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And he/she would do it again in a heart beat no doubt about it.


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Glad your dogs doing better. I got home from work today and the kids had friends over so my wife put the dogs in the bedroom. One of the dang labradors had gotten an unopened bar of soap out of the bathroom and opened it and chewed on it a bit!

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