Do pugs drool a lot?
Pugs drool some, but on average, pugs don’t drool more or worse than most other dog breeds.
Many other brachycephalic breeds (such as bulldogs) drool excessively, but most pugs don’t. My two pugs almost never had visible drool.
Normal dog drooling is for their mouth to stay wet, and perhaps for their chin to be a bit damp at times, as a result of the drool. If your dog’s face stays wet frequently that is excessive drooling, and is not especially common in pugs, though it can happen. In really extreme cases of excessive drool, dog’s may have foam all around their mouth, or long strings of drool hang from their mouth.
This bit of drool on Beans’ lower jaw is the most we ever saw from our pugs. Beans did seem to experience this slightly foamy drool more often than Frank did. Thankfully, even Beans’ was so occasional that it didn’t cause any trouble.
Why does my pug drool while sleeping?
Your pug may drool while sleeping, especially if they leave their mouth open while asleep. Pugs having small nasal passages sometimes causes them to breathe out of their mouth more, which can lead to more drooling. If your pug tends to sleep with their mouth open but keeps their mouth closed during the day, you may find that they drool while sleeping but not when awake.
Causes Of Pug Drooling
Motion sickness. If you find that your pug drools while in the car, it could be motion sickness. It may helpif you can avoid having your dog eat right before getting in the car.
Heavy breathing. If your pug is struggling to breathe they’re likely to pant heavily from their mouth rather than using their nose. Mouth breathing can result in more drooling. If your dog regularly breaths heavily, this is reason to go to the vet to see if they have a condition impacting their breathing.
Overheating or heat stroke. Pugs are not very tolerant of hot temperatures, and are prone to overheating and heat stroke. If your pug starts drooling excessively after being in hot weather, they may be overheating or experiencing heat stroke which can be very serious.
Teething. If your pug is a puppy around the 3-7 month old mark, they may be teething and drooling as a result of their new teeth coming in.
Upset stomach. If your pug feels nauseous, it may cause them to drool excessively. If they’ve recently had a chance in diet, if you notice any differences in their digestive habits, or hear any sounds coming from their belly, they may have a tummy problem.
Dental problems. If your dog has a bad tooth, has had a tooth pulled or has other dental problems, it may cause them to drool more than usual.
Consumed something harmful. If your dog has consumed something poisonous, that can cause them to drool excessively.
Something stuck in their nose or throat. If something in their airway is irritating them (such as a piece of grass stuck in their nose) this may cause excess saliva and drool.
Reaction to medication. If your pug starts drooling after trying a new medication, ask your vet if it could be a side effect of that medication.
Ate something spicy. If your pug accidentally gets access to a hot pepper or anything else spicy and eats it, this can cause excessive drooling.
What causes a pug to drool uncontrollably?
There are many potential causes for uncontrollable drooling in pugs. Some of the possibilities include medication side effects, having ate something spicy, having consumed something harmful, having something stuck in their nose or mouth, an upset stomach, dental problems, or overheating.
If your pug drools to the point where their drool drips, this is considered excessive drooling.
Why is my pug suddenly drooling?
There are several reasons why a pug may suddenly start drooling. Some potential reasons would include medication side effects, a response to eating something spicy, a response to eating something harmful, having something stuck in their nose or mouth, a response to nausea, or a new painful tooth or dental problem.
Why is my pug drooling from one side of the mouth?
If your pug is only drooling out of one side of their mouth, it’s possible that they have a dental problem on that side of their mouth. Or if the drool is dripping out of the side of their mouth while they are laying down, that could simply be caused by gravity.
Why is my pug constantly drooling?
If your pug is constantly drooling the cause is probably ongoing. Some of the ongoing causes of pug drooling would include a medication side effect, an unresolved dental problem, having missing teeth (harder to hold saliva in without teeth!), or an ongoing digestive problem that is causing them to regularly feel nauseous.
How To Handle Excessive Pug Drooling
If your dog excessively drools, checking with the vet to determine a cause is important. If it’s determined that the cause is relatively minor, your pug may drool excessively on a regular basis. For example, if your pug drools down their chin as a result of having had a lot of teeth pulled.
The most important aspect of caring for a pug that excessively drools is keeping them as dry and clean as possible. If their chin regularly gets wet from drool, you’ll want to wash their face a couple times a day. Any area of the body that stays wet often could be at risk of getting a yeast or fungal infection if not kept clean.
If your pug drools at night, lining their bed or the area where they sleep with a towel can help absorb the drool and keep their face a bit more dry.
It’s also important to keep an eye on what level of drooling is normal for your pug. If they start drooling more than their norm, you want to be aware of the increase so you can discuss it with the vet.
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