The athletic, spotted Dalmatian dog breed has a rich history and is most known and remembered for its appearance in Disney's 101 Dalmatians. This dog breed began his life as a coaching dog and has since been trained as a hunting dog, firefighting dog, and circus performer.
Dalmatians are as appealing in real life as they are on screen, going from noble to silly to noble in a second.
However, there are concerns among pet owners about drooling.
Why is my Dalmatian drooling so much?
If your Dalmatian is drooling too much, it is possible to be a common condition that dogs do in general (triggered by normal things), tho' Dalmatians are not known to drool much.
You must know that all dogs will drool at some point. Drooling, like with other dogs, is generally caused by increased saliva secretion that is ready to prepare the food to be swallowed and digested.
Although all dogs will drool at some point, depending on the situation. As with all dogs, drooling is usually a result of saliva being produced in a larger quantity in preparation for food to be swallowed and digested.
But, if he/she drools way too much, there are some explicable reasons:
💦 some spicy or salted food
💦 oral and dental diseases
💦 fear and anxiety
If you're wondering what to do about your Dalmatian's drooling and whether it's usual or not, this article will help you better understand if it is a reason to be concerned.
Do Dalmatians drool?
Common causes & Sickness causes
Yes, Dalmatians drool, but not to much. Saliva aids digestion, thus the notion of tempting food, such as a hunk of meat, can make your Dalmatian's mouth water.
Common causes of drooling in Dalmatians
A healthy Dal will generate saliva on a regular basis to keep its mouth, gums, and teeth clean and healthy. This behavior, typically goes unobserved. The following reasons are natural and healthy for high saliva production:
- Fear/Stress/Anxiety › A natural response of the dog's body when it is terrified or feels worried/anxious.
- Excitement › This can happen when the dog's owner returns home, or when he sees someone he likes after a long time, when it's about to receive food, when it's about to go for a walk, play, and so on.
- Begging or intense desire to consume a specific food
- Licking wounds › Though it does not normally result in drooling, more saliva can be secreted when a dog licks his wounds to aid in cleansing. Dogs lick wounds to keep them clean and avoid infection.
- Heat › Because Dalmatians and dogs, in general, don't sweat, they pant and salivate as a cooling effect that help them deal in hot conditions.
Negative causes of Drooling in Dalmatians (possible sickness)
Unfortunately, there are some negative situations when drooling becomes a reason to worry.
If your Dalmatian drools for reasons that weren't mentioned above, it's probably a sign that something is happening. These are the warning symptoms:
- Overheating › This can be deadly if it's not observed in time. Take precautions and do not leave your dog outside in hot weather. Also, if you see such a situation on the street with a stray dog, please contact a veterinarian immediately.
- Stomach upset › Stomach irritation caused by some food they ate or a virus or sickness.
- Spicy or salty food Toxic for dogs, these provide extra salivation. Capsaicin, the substance that gives chili peppers their spiciness, stimulates both animal and human salivary glands.
- An oral disease › Some form of mouth irritation or infection, a throat obstruction, or a problem with the teeth.
- Motion sickness › Some Dals may become queasy while traveling by car, especially in stop-and-go traffic
- Kidney disease
- Poisoning › Plants or random weird stuff your Dalmatian eats on the street are to blame (always be careful, because they tend to do that).
What to do when your Dal excessively drools
🥵 If your Dalmatian is overheated:
- Place it to a cooler location as quickly as possible
- Wet your spotted friend with cool water, but not too cold water because fast cooling can be hazardous
- Move it in front of a blower or windy area to get it dry
- Give your dog cool water (not cold) to sip as it cools
- Go to the vet to check if everything is ok
**If none of the these steps mentioned work, then go directly to the vet
🤢 If your Dalmatian has motion sickness:
- Stop the car/vehicle for a break and give your dog water
- Keep the car/vehicle cool & with no loud music
- If it doesn't get well and continues to salivate or even vomit, go to the vet ASAP
For the rest of the problems, such as poisoning, stomach upset, fever, and so on, take your dog to the vet as fast as possible and let your veterinarian to provide proper medication.
As a general rule, Dalmatians do not drool excessively. If this occurs, there are some natural reasons such as excitement, fright, or heat that cause excessive drooling, as well as some warning situations such as overheating, poisoning, sickness, and the other stated above that require immediate handling.
When it comes to drool, Dalmatians are near the bottom of the list when compared to other dog breeds. They don't have big chubby cheeks like other dog breeds to catch all the extra saliva, so they oftenly drool.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Dalmatians good family pets?
Yes. Dalmatians, as lively dogs, make excellent family companions if properly trained from a young age.
Are Dalmatians good for first time owners?
Dalmatians are not suitable for inexperienced dog owners. They are intended for persons who are interested in training and daily exercise routine.
Do Dalmatians shed?
Yes, Dalmatians are among other shedding dog breeds, that shed pretty much.
Are Dals rare dog breeds?
Not really. Many people are wondering if Dalmatians are rare, but in fact, Dals are not for everyone, because of they are individual and need more daily exercise and training.