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Persistent Drooling

Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Drooling is a problem most commonly seen in large breed dogs and, thanks to their size, it can be very messy, as many owners will be aware.  Strings of sticky saliva, a head shake and it’s everywhere.

What’s going on and can anything be done about it? 

There may be some genetic disposition but in my opinion drooling is caused by a low-grade toxic condition of the dog’s system.  Persistent drooling is a symptom of toxic overload; I’ve listed fourteen in my Guide to Health and Nutrition (pages 6 – 7, Development of Disease Stage 1).  Here are a few examples: 

  • Itchy skin, ears and feet
  • Full anal glands
  • Dry scaly skin
  • Persistent moulting
  • Waxy ears
  • Occasional vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Runny eyes.

Persistent drooling is a problem that can be corrected through feeding which minimises the build-up of toxic wastes in the system. Burns adult foods are hypo-allergenic, low in fat and protein and high in the complex carbohydrates of whole grains and free of chemical additives.  All of these factors mean that there is less waste matter to accumulate in the system. Fed in the right amount, the system should clear in about 3 weeks and the drooling should stop.


What is the right amount of food?

Giant breeds are heavy – obviously – but they are not noted for the amount of exercise they need.  This means that their feed requirement is less per kg. of body weight than smaller, more active dogs.  Another consideration is that many owners of large breeds expect them to be large and heavy.  This can mean that the dog will be fed lots of food to encourage weight gain, to the detriment of the animal’s health.

The Burns Pet Nutrition advice team can advise on the right food and amount to feed.

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