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Dog drooling is a normal occurrence for canines. It helps your dog break down its food; it helps with taste and toxin identification and usually indicates a healthy dog. Plus, it’s always fun to have a slobbering dog give you a big, wet kiss. However, there are times when a dog will produce too much saliva. If you suspect your dog has too much saliva, there are several causes, some of which can be diagnosed in your own home. But if you cannot determine the reason, you may need to take the extra wet pup to your local veterinarian.

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1. Check the Breed

While most dogs will drool from time to time, particularly during the warmer months in the year, some breeds will have more saliva than others. If you have a Saint Bernard, a Mastiff, a Newfoundland, or a Bloodhound breed, you may not need to worry about the excessive drooling. These canines have flews or loose upper lips. This condition leads to far more drooling as the dogs cannot contain all the healthy saliva flow in their mouths. The flews evolved genetically in these particular breeds to assist in hunting, as they can more precisely direct smells into the nasal cavities.

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