With its stout, stocky physique, wrinkly forehead, and distinctive flat-faced grouchy look, the English Bulldog is one of the most adorable, unique breeds on the planet. One thing that all English Bully owners have in common is that their homes, and themselves, are constantly covered in dog drool.
These brachycephalic dogs sure pack a punch when it comes to the drool department, ranking among the top ten frequently of the most drooly dogs.
Certain triggers include hunger, temperature, mood, and of course, the individual dog. However, a simple head shake from a Bulldog is liable to send doggy drool and slime all over your furniture and clothes.
If you’re looking at ways to reduce your Bulldog’s drooling (and your laundry bill!), fret not. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at this endearing, yet kinda gross trait of the Bulldog and see what we can do about all that slobber.
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Do All Bulldogs Drool?
Yes, all dogs drool, and English Bulldogs more so than others. Pretty much every English Bulldog drools, mostly due to their facial shape or genetics. English Bulldogs are a brachycephalic breed, meaning they have a flat face and a short muzzle.
They can’t stop drooling since their mouths are open most of the time. They often have respiratory issues and must breathe with their lips open. When a dog’s mouth isn’t entirely closed, salivation naturally pours down the chin, similar to the way we drool on our pillows if we sleep with our mouths open.
Those long, swinging jowls don’t help either. They provide the saliva with somewhere to accumulate and pool, making drooling even more pronounced. In addition, dogs with long jowls often have trouble keeping their mouths closed, which also contributes to increased drooling. Finally, some breeds of dogs simply produce more saliva than others, like our precious Bullys.
Why Does The English Bulldog Drool Excessively?
English Bulldogs due to their large, loose jowls or skin flaps around the jaw area drool more than other breeds. Their jaws do not align due to their shortened skulls and deep chubby cheeks that make it impossible for them to keep saliva in their mouths, resulting in drool dripping down their chin. Failure to fully close their mouth is the culprit of their drooling issue.
Bulldog breeding has physical characteristics that do not hold well in their saliva. For example, their jowl and head structure allow saliva to flow freely when it accumulates.
While the majority of dogs drool when they are happy or excited, Bulldogs do so more than others. In addition, the presence of food causes almost all dogs to involuntarily drool in a Pavlovian response to a stimulus.
Drooling begins the process of breaking down food for digestion, lubricates the mouth, and guards against tooth decay and gum disease.
It is natural for every English bulldog to drool a little bit. Some drool infrequently, while others appear to drool tubs of saliva daily. Dribbling may be less concerning for some, yet it can be a crucial indicator and a warning that something is wrong with your Bully.
When To Worry About My Dog Drooling?
Drool, also known as ptyalism in the medical sector, is an excessive flow of saliva that has collected in the mouth or oral cavity. It is typical in dog breeds with head and lip conformations that cannot hold the quantity of drool produced.
But how can you tell if it’s normal or if anything more serious is happening? Normal, healthy slobber aids your dog’s eating and digestion. When a dog drools, he is actually secreting a water-soluble glycoprotein called para saliva from the salivary glands in his mouth.
This glycoprotein lubricates the mouth and helps to keep the teeth and gums healthy. In addition, drooling helps to cool the dog down through evaporation.
Dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so they rely on panting and drooling to regulate their body temperature. When it’s hot outside, you may notice your dog drooling more than usual as he tries to stay cool.
However, drooling excessively, also known as hypersalivation, is a condition in which your dog drools more saliva than usual might be an indication of sickness and calls for immediate medical intervention.
The additional moisture from drooling may result in pain and swelling around your dog’s mouth and lips.
If you see excessive salivation, you might want to keep a closer eye on your dog to watch out for any other symptoms that might indicate a medical issue.
It’s important to identify what is causing your dog to undergo hypersalivation since it might be an indication of a significant health issue. The underlying issue can then be treated in conjunction with your veterinarian.
This over-production can be because of multiple reasons. While a few are safe, the most need veterinarian care. Let’s have a quick look at the factors that can increase saliva production.
Eating time is a more messy time for Bulldogs because of their scrunched-up faces. They virtually press their mouths into the bowls to collect every last bit of kibble, and they do the same with the water.
Once your dog and you have developed a rhythm for eating, you’ll notice that they slobber a lot more just before they eat their favorite meal. Before providing food, expect a train of drool, followed by chewed-up food and drink.
When excited, all English Bulldogs will begin to slobber. Dogs can become enthusiastic about a variety of unrelated things, such as seeing their favorite toys, playing with their owners, or seeing people or other dogs cross the street, but the food is what makes them the happiest. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t be concerned if you start to drool over while they are excited.
Fear and Anxiety
English Bulldogs are more prone to experience fear and anxiety in unfamiliar situations if they are not properly socialized as puppies.
Additionally, because English Bulldogs are sensitive to unexpected changes in their surroundings, they may experience fear or anxiety.
Similar to how they drool when they are thrilled, it is a normal reaction to drool when scared. Watch your dog carefully for signs of anxiety if he isn’t drooling from excitement or anticipation of food.
Whatever hinders your dog from swallowing usually can lead to drool, as saliva accumulates until it drips from his mouth. The most prevalent reason for drooling is dental or periodontal disease, a common condition that affects over 80% of dogs above the age of three.
If your dog has dental disease or discomfort in their gum tissue, or tooth problems such as broken teeth, tartar buildup, or malignancies in the mouth, esophagus, or airway, they may begin to drip excessively.
Watch out for foul smells coming from your Bully’s mouth or any signs of tooth decay, and always practice good dental hygiene by brushing your dog’s teeth regularly and giving a generous supply of dental bones and chews.
Excessive salivation can be caused by several digestive problems. Acid from the stomach might reflux and irritate the food pipe, causing excessive salivation. Additionally, many digestive issues result in nausea, which could also contribute to drooling.
Exposure to toxins can be another cause of your dog’s excessive drooling. Be aware that several seemingly harmless home products can poison dogs like garlic, onions, and of course, the infamous chocolate.
Symptoms of food to chemical toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, and lethargy.
English Bulldogs, like all other brachycephalic dogs, are particularly vulnerable to overheating as they constantly struggle to control their internal body temperature.
As a result, they frequently open their mouths and push their tongues out to cool themselves, which makes them drool more.
Along with excessive drooling, you should watch out for other signs including heavy panting, a rapid or irregular pulse, a lack of energy, and lying down.
Motion sickness can make your dog nauseous, and this might cause them to slobber more than usual.
Aside from vomiting, other signs of motion sickness include yawning incessantly, whining and barking, licking one’s lips repeatedly, puking, and remaining completely still aka “freezing”. Drooling should stop shortly after the car stops.
Getting A Cut In The Mouth
All dogs like to chew, and Bulldogs are no exception. If a stick or fragment becomes stuck in your dog’s mouth, it can cause discomfort, swelling, and excessive salivation. Increased saliva can also be a result of wounds including bites, scratches, and cuts.
Worst-case scenario, one of the symptoms of rabies is drooling. After the virus has reached the brain and multiplied there to produce brain inflammation, it goes to the salivary glands and this leads to the over-production of saliva.
Your Bulldog may drool more than usual if they have any organ disease, like renal or liver problems.
How To Stop My English Bulldog From Drooling? (Is It Possible)
Pretty much all dogs drool. It is a natural way to cool themselves off and a vital part of their insulation. However, excessive drooling can be avoided by trying to mitigate the triggers.
Cleaning teeth, removing broken teeth, treating gut disorders, avoiding allergens, treating injuries, removing foreign material, or administering nausea medicine before a car driver may be used to treat the underlying cause.
There isn’t much you can do if the issue is brought on by the way your dog’s mouth is shaped, but you might try attaching a fashionable bandanna to your dog to wipe off the drool. It’s better to wipe it off as soon as possible to prevent your Bulldog’s drool from getting on your furniture or freshly mopped floor.
Maintain Good Dental Health
Maintaining good oral hygiene will help stop salivation brought on by infections or dental issues. To do this, frequently brush your Bulldog’s teeth and take them to the veterinarian for dental examinations.
In addition, you might want to ensure an ample supply of dental sticks and chews.
It’s important to ensure your Bulldog is cool. Consider purchasing a cooling pad and keeping your Bulldog well-hydrated to prevent overheating. Bullys and other brachycephalic breeds are very prone to heat-related illnesses.
Their short muzzles and flat faces make it difficult to insulate and cool themselves effectively, which leaves them vulnerable to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Heat-related illnesses can be severe, potentially even fatal, so watch your Bully very closely, especially in the hotter months.
Try calming your dog down before people come in the house If it is a behavioral issue. If he gets scared or anxious about new people around you may also keep the dog in a separate quiet space when entertaining guests.
Feed In A Controlled Environment
Prepare for drooling beforehand when cooking supper by keeping a towel nearby to soak up the downpour. Put his food and water in locations that are simple to clean, such as a laundry room or garage. Wipe his face after every episode of eating to avoid the mess.
Control Your Dog
Keep your dog on a leash while visiting places that are outside of your home to reduce the possibility of your pooch getting into something that they shouldn’t, like someone’s trash.
A dog that noses around where it shouldn’t put itself at risk of all sorts of nasties like food poisoning and toxicity from various other household products.
Any Bulldog parent knows that drool is simply a way of life. Just cover up your furniture, or put an old blanket on your car seats, and let your Bully pant away.
Most drooling is normal, but if your Bully’s drool gets to rainstorm proportions, you might want to look more closely at the triggers and make sure that it isn’t a medical condition. When in doubt, always check with your veterinarian.
Otherwise, keep loads of towels and rags handy, and you’ll be just fine!