So, you’re watching your favorite TV show and eating some snacks on the side. Your dog comes over – not to bother you, but just to be close enough to receive a possible treat. You’re having a good time; your dog is having a good time, it’s a blast.
Suddenly you feel something wet in your lap. No, you didn’t spill anything. Your dog just drooled a little puddle all over your favorite sweatpants! The horror!
Why is it that dogs drool? Is there a point to it, or is it just something that happened? Well, it’s complicated. Your dog drooling all over the place while watching you eat is somewhat expected. But there is such a thing as unhealthy drooling. Corgis, for instance, aren’t famous for being a drooling creature. Mastiffs occupy that category proudly! But what does it all mean – do Corgis drool at all?
Your dog drooling can mean a lot of things. Sometimes it’s okay, and sometimes it’s bad. Most of the time, it’s just something you get used to. They can do it while in the middle of any activity. Like many other bodily functions, they sometimes go haywire in their heads, and it just kind of happenes.
Well, we’re here to make sure that you know exactly what kind of drooling you’re dealing with. After all, we’re not talking about Bulldogs here. We’re talking about Corgis! And if there’s anything possibly wrong with you, Corgi, we want to make sure you know about it.
So let’s try and figure what’s what and why on God’s green earth your dog thinks it okay to ruin a pair of perfectly good sweatpants! So let’s go ahead and ask the question: Why Does My Corgi Drool So Much?
Why Do Corgis Drool?
The first and most common reason for drooling is that your dog expects to get a delicious present. That present can be a nice slab of beautifully cooked meat or a piece of an old bread loaf. Let’s face it; our little friends are not famous for being picky.
The drooling reaction is a way for their organism to prepare for digestion. You see, your dog’s saliva is similar to ours – but there are some key differences. First of all, it can break down some pretty darn tough objects to get them prepared for the stomach.
With that said, how much a dog drool doesn’t indicate that he has a strong stomach. It only indicated that he very much wants whatever it is that you may be offering. Sometimes, your dog can even drool when he’s presented with something that he doesn’t enjoy. Like we said, sometimes the commands get mixed up. You can catch your dog drooling before a meal, before a snack, while looking at something outside, and while doing pretty much anything.
Now, we know that when people hear the word drool, they think of something like a bloodhound, a mastiff, or a bulldog. That’s no coincidence; they are famous for drooling all over the house. But Corgis can drool too! Any dog can.
Sure, your Corgi won’t drool as much as the next dog, but you can be sure that it’s going to happen. Here’s how it works:
Just like our own saliva, dog drool is used to lube up your Corgis mouth and throat so that the food can go down easier. This may seem a bit much if you’re looking at it from a human’s perspective. Surely we don’t drool just to make food go down easier. Well, yes, we do, just not as much.
Think about it this way – we make as much saliva as we need for the food we eat. But your dog eats some things that you couldn’t even dream of processing. Think of the bones, for instance. Sure the sharp and robust teeth help break the bones down to smaller bits – but the saliva softens them up so they can chew them!
Dry food is also a good reason for your dog to drool a bit more. If your dog’s diet consists of dry foods and not raw or wet meals – he might be drooling to get prepared for it to go down.
We realize that that may sound like we’re bashing dry food – we’re not. If you get the high-quality stuff, it can be a proper healthy and good meal. But let’s face facts, it’s dry. And your dog needs to help himself with swallowing it. So if your dog is used to such foods, there’s a chase that his drooling may increase before a meal. Your dog just adapted to the kind of food you’re giving him (plus he’s excited!).
Now let’s talk a bit more about that bone softening technique:
Breaking Down Food
If you’re Corgi likes to go around the house and pick up anything he can find to eat it – we got some great news! It’s not as big of a choking hazard as you might have thought.
Your corgi can eat anything. Well, dogs can eat anything in general. Anything that they think seems close enough to food; they’ll at least try to eat. This depends on your dog’s personality.
But if your dog feels the need to eat anything he finds on the ground – worry not. The saliva that you see drooling from your dog’s mouth from time to time is here to break down all those little food findings.
He can’t break down a metal bar or a coin; let’s get that straight. But bones and other chewy foods don’t stand a chance.
So you can see that there are many reasons for your dog to drool. It’s a bodily function that serves a specific purpose. But what about Corgis specifically? Why do Corgis drool? Well, we assure you that they are no different than any other pup.
Why Does My Corgi Drool So Much?
Why is it that certain breeds drool more than others? Are they getting excited on a whole different level? Well, no – it depends on the structure of the mouth.
See, a Mastiff, for instance, has a lot of unnecessary skin around the mouth because its snout is shorter than the one your Corgi has. Because of this, there can be a lot of saliva that gets stuck underneath the skin. They have the same problem while drinking water. You’ll notice that those sorts of dogs have water dripping from their mouth for a while after drinking. Corgis luckily don’t have the same issues, but they drool just like any dog.
Your Corgi could have a specific problem that makes them drool more than usual. There could also just be a chance that he drools a lot, simple as that.
Regular healthy drool looks translucent or white, and there’s not much of it. It happens if the dog feels that he might get something that it likes. Too much drool can be a problem – especially with Corgis. If your puppy drools all the time, there could be something wrong.
Reasons for drooling include:
- A sore throats
- An object or piece of food could be stuck in its windpipe
- A broken tooth
- An infection
Basically, it goes like this: if your dog has trouble swallowing, he’ll drool more. The same goes for us humans; having a badly inflamed throat makes it difficult to swallow. Once you have difficulty swallowing, you drool; plain and simple. If you feel that your Corgi may be drooling more than usual, you can check one of these things.
There could be a couple of things that are making your Corgi drool. The first that we feel needs to be mentioned is that your dog may have a broken tooth. This usually happens when your dog is trying to break a bone that’s a little too tough for him. It’s nothing too serious – but it needs to be mended as soon as possible. Your dog could be in pain, and he doesn’t know how to tell you that.
He’ll still eat food just like he normally would if the pain is not too great – but it’s a problem that will worsen over time. Make sure to check your dog’s teeth regularly – which you won’t have to worry about if you make sure to brush them regularly. This brings us to the next possible problem.
Your dog can’t brush his teeth by himself. They kind of have ways of cleaning their mouth, the saliva helps with it for sure, but it’s not perfect.k This is why you need to make sure to wash your teeth on a daily basis. If you have a young puppy, make sure to start brushing his teeth as soon as possible. If you do this, your dog will be used to the whole ordeal from the get-go.
Brushing your dog’s teeth on a daily basis makes sure that there aren’t any tartar buildups in the mouth. Make sure that your Vet check’s your Corgis teeth at least once every couple of months.
If your dog has a stomach ache because of saying something he ate – he’ll drool more than usual. Since there are many reasons for your dog to have stomach problems – there are many reasons for drooling.
If you take your dog for car rides often and he drools all over the backseat, he might have a problem with car sickness. There are many ways to stop motion sickness. Contact your Vet, and he’ll recommend a medicine that is best suited for your puppy.
If your dog ate anything that he shouldn’t have, which they do from time to time, drooling would be an indication of a stomach ache. If the substance that they are is toxic, he will probably throw it up. In that case, that will resolve it, but if they can’t manage to throw up – their mouth will produce more saliva to make possible nausea easier.
Basically, if you notice that your dog ate something that he shouldn’t have – take action immediately.
Healthy Vs. Unhealthy Drool
Drooling may not look like something that you should be paying attention to. There’s a good chance that your dog drools every time that you start cooking. But it’s important to know how to recognize healthy and possibly unhealthy drooling.
Many medical conditions could cause your dog to drool excessively. Some are more serious than others. We’ll try to cover the most frequent ones first.
When in extremely hot weather, it is essential to know how to spot when your dog is no longer comfortable. Corgis are not typically used to tropical weather conditions; their double coats are a clear indicator of that. Sure, they adapt quite well to all four seasons, but extremes can be difficult for our furry little friends.
This is why it is incredibly important to make sure your dog isn’t getting close to having a heat stroke. There are signs that you can look out for. Your dog will start panting to the tray and cool down.
If he doesn’t manage to cool off enough, you will notice a change in behavior, and it will begin to drool. Drooling means that your dog has suffered a stroke. Seek medical help immediately.
The liver can get damaged in several ways. Physical damage to the area can cause the liver to not work correctly. And because it is a vital organ that is needed for several functions in the body, the. Side effects can be severe.
While drooling is a sign of problems in the liver, there are other more obvious symptoms:
- Loss of appetite and weight
- Yellow eyes and tongue
- Uncontrollable thirst
The chances of you noticing drooling before the other symptoms are slim, but it is possible. The chances are that your Vet will figure out that there may be something up with the liver if you tell him about the symptoms.
Kidney failure doesn’t just happen overnight. You can look out for symptoms to try and catch this severe disease and start treating it right away.
The most obvious signs of kidney failure are extreme weight loss and the inability to produce urine. Drooling can happen once the kidneys have already failed. But even then, you need to take your dog to the Vet as soon as possible.
Kidney disease can happen as a product of an injury, or it can be caused by genetics.
Let’s wrap up on a positive note.
Yes, drooling can be a sign of a severe illness, but it can be, well, drooling! Sometimes it’s kind of funny and other times it’s annoying. But it’s a crucial part of living with our four-legged friends.
That’s the thing with dogs; you have to consider their little quirks no matter how annoying they can get. Corgi doesn’t drool too much, but then again, they shed like crazy! A mastiff has shorter hair, but he drools like a fountain. It’s always going to be something.
We guess we’ll just have to accept them and all their little flaws! Take good care of your Corgi, make sure it’s always happy and loved, and they’ll make sure that you feel the same way! If you do that, you’ll forget about the drooling completely.