Dogs are infamous for drooling. Breeds such as Bloodhounds and Bulldogs drool a lot while breeds like Dachshunds and Chihuahuas hardly drool. What about your beagle then? Do beagles drool? Is it normal for beagles to drool?
Does beagle drool
Yes, beagles drool. Once the temperature of their body increases, they start to breathe heavily to help them cool down. This heavy breathing makes their saliva drip down that causes them to drool.
Moderate is the best way to describe the amount of drooling of beagles.
Difference of drool and saliva
A lot of owners often wonder or are confused about the difference between saliva and drool. The drool of a dog is just saliva. But, once there is excessive amount and it slobbers from and down the mouth, this is called drool.
All beagles are unique and different but there are several more common instances when you might see your pup drooling and these include the following:
- Before eating when the dog sees you preparing his food
- Right after or during a good round of exercise
- Inside a running car
- While sleeping
Having said this, not all forms of drooling is considered normal and there are instances when it may indicate a serious chronic or acute problem.
Why do beagles drool
As stated earlier, the most common reason why a beagle drools is because he is panting to cool down his body. Beagles may also drool every time they see some delicious food or treat coming for them. Excitement and sleeping can make them drool as well.
Drooling is a part of the everyday life of a dog. A lot of people seem to assume that the drool of a dog is a different type of liquid when it is not. Drooling is only spit or saliva coming out of their mouth. The beagle is a moderate drooler and too much drooling may indicate health issues.
Beagles drool before eating
Do you notice how your mouth waters every time you see the ad of your favorite food on TV? Well, something similar occurs every time your pup sees his food.
In case you don’t know this yet, beagles love eating. If you give them something, they will surely devour it as if it is their final meal and that is not an exaggeration at all.
Whenever a beagle sees his food, the body of a beagle will start to anticipate him gobbling up the food. His mouth will then start to excrete saliva to aid with digestion.
Beagles actually have a total of four salivary glands. Due to the structure of their jaw, their saliva will start to drip out of their mouth that causes them to drool.
If you have noticed how your beagle drools every time you put down his bowl of food in front of him, you now know the reason why.
Beagles drool after exercise
Heavy forms of exercise such as running can increase a beagle’s body temperature. For them to cool down their body, beagles will start to pant while their mouth is open. The heavy breathing can force their saliva to come out of the mouth that can make them drool as a result.
When you notice that your dog pants heavily and drools excessively during an exercise session, it is a sign that it is time to take a break, get your dog under a cool shade, and let him drink some water. Let his body temperature cool down.
Beagles drool while sleeping
It is a bit rare for a beagle to drool while sleeping. This often happens if your dog is deep in sleep with his mouth open. The relaxed jaws can cause the saliva to drool outside his mouth. This is quite normal and there is nothing you can actually about this except to wipe this up once your dog wakes up.
Other reasons why beagles drool
Aside from the ones mentioned above, there are still other normal or common reasons why beagles drool.
Beagles drool when they feel excited
You might have probably noticed that your beagle starts to drool every time he sees you or any of the members of the family after a long day or if you take him out of his park leash. It is a form of drooling that is a result of excitement.
Beagles drool because of motion sickness
There are beagles that start to drool if they are inside a moving vehicle. It is because of motion sickness. Aside from drooling, your pup may start to whine or vomit inside the moving car. It is something more commonly observed in beagle puppies.
Beagles drool because of stress
Stress may also trigger your beagle to drool. Separation anxiety, facing an aggressive dog, or being in a noisy environment can cause beagles to become stressed out that will make them drool.
What are the unhealthy forms of drooling
As you can see, drooling in beagles is considered quite reasonable. However, if your dog drools too much, it might already be a sign of concern. There are several health issues associated with excessive drooling in beagles and other small dog breeds.
Drooling because of dental problems
Gum infection, buildup of plaque, tooth decay, or tooth infection can all make a beagle drool excessively. Once you notice that your dog has a hard time chewing his toys and food, it might be an indication of a dental issue. Make sure you consult the vet right away.
Drooling because of heatstroke
Your beagle may breathe heavily then drool as a result after exercising during a hot day in summer. The worse thing that can happen is that it may also result to heatstroke. To prevent this from happening, don’t take your pooch outside during hot days. Have some water with you all the time when going out for a walk. Take regular small breaks during an exercise session and avoid over-exercising your dog.
Drooling because of throat infection
When your beagle has a hard time swallowing food, it might be because of throat infection. During a throat infection, the dog will avoid swallowing his saliva and will start to drool out of his mouth. Call your vet right away.
Drooling as a reaction to poisonous plants or foods
If your pet ingested a plant or other potentially poisonous substances, he needs vet treatment right away. Poisoning is not only serious as it can also be fatal. Too much drooling usually comes with episodes of poisoning together with nausea.
The following are the most common but harmful poisonous plants and foods that may affect your beagle:
- Dog’s mercury
- Lily of the valley
- Morning glory
- Rhubarb leaves
- Tulip bulbs
- Sweet pea
- Umbrella plant
The most common poisonous foods that may pose danger to dogs but not to humans include the following:
- Apple seeds
- Alcoholic beverages
- Apricot pits
- Cherry pits
- Chewing gum that contains xylitol
- Coffee grounds
- Macadamia nuts
- Mustard seeds
- Onion powder and onion
- Raw pumpkin seeds
- Tomato stems and leaves
- Yeast dough
Drooling because of an upset stomach
There are some rare instances when indigestion may also lead to excessive drooling. Your dog may have ingested something toxic or wrong. Keep a close eye on the bowel movements of your dog. If the stool is a bit watery, talk to your vet about this. Call the vet right away if you suspect that your dog ate something poisonous.
Dealing with excessive drooling of beagles
Although drooling may not be dangerous of and in itself, this may be irritating not only to you but also to your dog. So, there are a lot of options that can help you keep the skin of your dog and your home clean and dry if he happens to be a frequent drooler. You can use dog bandannas and bibs that have a wonderful bonus of making your pet look cuter and more adorable!
If ever your pet has concerns with the muscle function of his mouth and other health concerns, your vet may be able to suggest specific exercises or treatments to address such concerns and hopefully reduce drooling.
In addition, making sure that your pet is adequately hydrated and fed and can effectively regulate the temperate of his body is always the best form of defense that you can put up to fight off the more common reasons of too much drooling.
What to do if your beagle has abnormal drooling
Always try to understand the situation when your dog drools and if this is abnormal. When did the drooling start? What did he eat? What is the condition of his mouth? Why does he hyper-salivate? Take your beagle’s temperature.
From 39°C, you should take his temperature hourly to make sure that it doesn’t increase further. If it is more than 39.5°C, you need to take your dog to his vet. Check the rhythm of his heart because it is abnormal if it is very high.
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