Well, Boston Terriers are certainly adorable, there is no denying that. The little bug-eyed beauties are playful, energetic, and quite intelligent. They can also be stinky little buggers as Boston Terriers are also known for their gassiness. Although not the Saint Bernards of the dog world Bostons can also be prone to some drooling. Drooling typically occurs in breeds that have droopy lips, and/or large jaws and mouths such as Saint Bernards, German Shepherds, or Mastiffs (and they like to shake their heads to spread the love). The reason behind the drooling of the Boston Terrier is down to the fact that he is a brachycephalic breed. What this means is that these breeds have pressed-in snouts and shorter nasal passages. This can cause them to snort, snore, reverse sneeze, and yes, drool.
How Much Do Boston Terriers Drool?
Now here is where it gets murky. The amount of drooling is going to be unique to the individual dog. Some canines do not drool at all while some could give a Boxer a run for his money. On a high note, your Boston is not likely to drool rivers like Beethoven. You know your dog better than anyone and will likely notice if your pooch has an increase in salivation, if so, contact your veterinarian.
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Not unlike yours or mine, dog saliva contains an enzyme called amylase. This enzyme helps to start the digestive process by initiating the breakdown of food while chewing. There are also mucous membranes in the mouth and saliva helps to keep them moistened. Keeping the mouth moistened can help regulate temperature while panting. The saliva can build up in the pouches of the cheeks as well. A dog with droopy lips or those with an insufficient top lip (like the Boston Terrier) tend to leak saliva, and voila, we get drooling.
Why is my Boston Drooling?
One of the normal reasons for drooling in Boston Terriers is, as we said, due to his smooshed-in, compact, snout. However, if your dog is not normally a major drooler, and starts to hyper-salivate, it can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Dental issues such as an abscess, or periodontal disease, nausea, car-sickness, and more seriously, a neurological condition, or heat stroke. Heatstroke is incredibly common in brachycephalic breeds, and if left untreated, it can be fatal. These dogs are at a higher risk for this possibly life-threatening condition because they are unable to cool themselves as efficiently as a dog would, that is not brachycephalic, thereby dangerously overheating.
How Do You Treat Excessive Drooling?
If your dog is simply just a slobbery pooch, you may just have to learn to live with it. There are surgeries that can fix the issue but those are invasive and require anesthesia, and carry their own set of risks. There are a few things that you can do to help cope:
Be prepared during feeding time: Anticipation, especially for food, can cause an increase in drool. Placing an absorbent mat or towel down during feeding can help contain the messiness.
Bib or bandana: Yes, I’m serious. A bib can help catch the excess drool preventing it from traveling down the chest and front legs of your pooch.
Homeopathic assistance: Certain things such as lemon extract can help reduce the amount of drool, although too much can cause oral dryness which can bring about its own set of problems.
While it may be an inconvenience, dog drool does serve a purpose other than to gross you out. It is an important part of digestion, and aids in gum and teeth health by effectively washing the teeth. It is a completely normal part of being a dog parent to a slobbery pup. If your dog experiences sudden-onset drooling or starts salivating excessively, especially if exhibiting other symptoms (tremors, dilated/constricted pupils, loss of consciousness, etc.), you should make an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure there is not a more serious cause. Otherwise, pick up some galoshes, put on your goggles, (and maybe a raincoat) and enjoy the slobbery ride.