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Does your boxer have Ptyalism or Excessive Drooling?

Bella posted by Joann on

Bella posted by Joann on

                      Ptyalism is also known as excessive production of saliva, hypersalvation, or excessive drooling.
Posted by Dawn on

Posted by Dawn on

I don’t mean the way a boxer drools when you are feeding them, giving them a treat, when it is extremely hot out, or when they are anxious about something.  I mean drool as it drips and coats your floors.  From time to time my boxer excessively drools and it goes away on its own within 24 hours.  Typically I examine his mouth for any human hair between the teeth, lesions, masses, or blood.  Then I brush his teeth several times that day.  I note any antecedents or things that happened before I noticed the drooling (such as, what he was doing prior, did he swim or was he outside, inside, etc.).  For me it usually it subsides within a day (24 hours). If not, I would bring him to the veterinarian for a full examination.  Below are possible signs, causes, diagnosis, and treatments.



  • Eating behavioral changes (such as anorexia, chewing on one side, unusual position while eating, regurgitation, vomiting)
  • Pawing at face or muzzle
  • Neurological (seizures)
  • Periodontal disease
  • Stomatitis (ulceration or inflammation)
  • Mass in oral cavity
  • Lesions of tongue or oropharynx
  • Blood in saliva
  • Dysphasia
  • Cranial nerve defects
  • Salivary gland problems


  • Oral and Pharyngeal Diseases (Foreign body, Neoplasm, Gingivitis, Neurological or functional disorder of the pharynx)
  • Neurological Disorders (Rabies, Seizures, Facial Nerve Palsy)
  • Drugs and Toxins (household cleaning products or toxic plants, animal venom from widow spiders or north American scorpions, drugs or insecticides)


  • Watch your dog and note any changes (i.e., dehydration, seizures, etc.)
  • Visit your veterinarian to have the dog completely examined
  • Must discover the underlying cause and treat that problem
  • Laboratory tests (CBC, urinalysis, radiography of oral cavity, biopsy of lesions or masses)

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drool couch -Jordan

Reference:  Tilley, Larry P.; Smith Jr., Francis W.K. -The 5 Minute Veterinary Consult, Ptyalism, 1997; 136-137

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One Response to Does your boxer have Ptyalism or Excessive Drooling?

  1. Toby January 6, 2015 at 3:19 am #

    my 7 yr old female boxer just started this about 3 hours ago. After finding puddles on the hardwood floor, I placed her in her crate. She completely soaked the sleeping pad in her crate. She acts normal otherwise, playful with our GSD and normal appetite.

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