Frenchies are undoubtedly among the cutest dog breeds on earth. Who could resist those round eyes and scrunched-up muzzles? Surely not me!
Anyone newly adopting a Frenchie would be worried about a couple of things, drooling included.
Do French bulldogs drool?
Well, they’re bulldogs, so thinking they won’t drool is a fat chance. Frenchies drool, and they drool a lot.
More than often, it’s a regular occurrence due to their complex nasal anatomy. However, sometimes, it’s the result of a medical condition. Here, I’ll tell you all the reasons Frenchies drool, so you know when it’s time to see the vet about the dribbling problem.
Why Do French Bulldogs Drool?
Frenchies mostly drool as an act of nature, like most breeds of dogs. Some surrounding factors also may increase or reduce the drooling. Here’s a roundup of the most common reasons for French bulldogs drooling.
If you take your Frenchie on a daily walk, you may notice he’ll start to drool after a while. The same goes with any physical effort, like running around or playing with a fellow dog. The reason for that is simple; Frenchies are brachycephalic.
Brachycephalic breeds have nostrils narrower than average, so they’re often unable to breathe correctly.
You’ll have to strain your eyes to see a Frenchie’s nostrils; they’re sometimes too small to be visible. Of course, that makes it hard for them to get enough air into their lungs after an exercise. So, they start to drool. That’s also the reason they snore at night, but that’s a story for another day.
French bulldogs are susceptible to teeth health problems like humans and other animals. They may develop tooth decay, and their gums may bleed if it’s infected. If you notice your dog drooling more than usual, he may have a decayed tooth.
If it’s not a tooth, it may be a mouth disease that’s causing the drooling. When Frenchies have an issue with their teeth or mouth, their gums tend to get swollen, and they may develop lumps in the mouth. Additionally, you may want to check for bad breath, receding gums, or loose teeth.
The drooling is only the mouth’s way of cleaning and medicating itself.
Frenchies shouldn’t have frequent mouth problems if they have chew toys and eat healthy food, so don’t let the matter deter you from adopting one.
Most dogs don’t know when to stop, and Frenchies aren’t an exception. They keep playing and running around until they’re literally out of breath. On hot days, doing so puts them at a risk of a heat stroke, which is a serious condition that should be immediately attended to.
The symptoms of a heat stroke include excessive drooling, irregular heartbeats, and heavy panting. You may also notice your dog frequently taking a break to lay down.
The best thing you can do on the spot is cool him down using a wet towel. If it’s not available, move the dog immediately to a cooler place. If the symptoms don’t subside, take your Frenchie to the vet emergency room in your area.
To avoid a heat stroke from happening, make sure to give your dog plenty of water and cut his daily walks down in the summer. On top of that, try to avoid going out when the sun is at its worst; late in the evening or early in the morning are the best times for walking your dog.
Frenchies get excited about food—just like humans do, except we don’t drool!
When French bulldogs get excited about any matter, they start drooling. That includes eating, seeing their owner, or getting a treat. As a matter of fact, most dog breeds drool when it’s time for food, even the ones who don’t do it frequently.
Anxiety and Stress
Dogs get stressed when any change occurs around them. Whether it’s a sudden loud noise, someone new in the house, or a change in the surrounding environment, they’ll show signs of stress once they notice it.
French bulldogs have the same stress signs as most dogs. They excessively drool, lose their appetite, and may show aggressive tendencies. Some fearful dogs may also resort to hiding somewhere.
Once you notice your dog drooling and showing any of the other symptoms, try to get him somewhere familiar and surround him with objects he knows well, such as his bed.
French bulldogs aren’t particularly picky when it comes to eating or picking food off the ground. They’ll chew on anything, including children’s toys, pencils, and shoes. As funny as it sounds, it may turn into a risky situation if your dog gets his paws on something toxic.
Poisoning causes instant reactions by the dog’s body, and the most prominent symptom is sudden and severe drooling.
To avoid that occurrence, you may want to keep some items away from your dog. These include gardening materials, plants, cosmetics, cleaning detergents, and drugs. Some dogs may also go after another dog’s stool. If you have multiple dogs, you may want to take care of that too.
Most dogs are okay with traveling in cars, but some of them may develop motion sickness. It’s also not limited to one or two breeds; all breeds may develop it, and it’s most common among puppies who aren’t used to riding cars.
If your Frenchie starts drooling once the car gets moving, motion sickness is to blame. Other symptoms of it include yawning, whining, constantly licking lips, and being afraid to move.
One of the best-known remedies for motion sickness is ginger. Give it to your dog 30 minutes before the ride. You may also consult your vet about other medications.
You can help prevent the sickness by letting your Frenchie sit forward—a dog seat belt would help with that. Additionally, you can leave the windows open for air circulation.
Because French bulldogs chew on anything that gets in their way, they may develop bites, cuts, and scrapes often in their mouths. Any mouth injury, even if it’s minor, can cause more drooling than usual. It’s the mouth’s way of healing itself and pushing out bacteria.
If that’s the case, you may also notice some difficulty swallowing. Some cuts may irritate your dog, causing him issues when eating tough foods. All that causes the dog to drool more than usual.
If it’s not a visible injury, your Frenchie may have something stuck in this mouth or throat. It’s a common occurrence among bulldogs because they love exploring their surroundings.
Rabies is one of the most common viral diseases among dogs. Unfortunately, it’s considered deadly because it causes brain inflammation. It’s mostly a result of an infected animal’s bite, whether it’s a coyote, raccoon, fox, bat. etc.
If your Frenchie isn’t vaccinated against rabies, there’s a chance he may develop it by getting bitten. Rabies causes excessive drooling among a lot of other symptoms. Your dog would need instant medical attention if he’d gotten bitten.
Liver and kidney diseases cause drooling for all dog breeds, including French bulldogs. That’s why it’s recommended to carry out yearly checkups to catch any disease before it gets to a dangerous level.
If you suspect that the dog’s drooling is due to organ disease, it’s better to book a quick appointment with the vet.
Can I Stop My French Bulldog From Drooling So Much?
Frenchies’ drooling is a normal occurrence. It’s part of their nature, so trying to stop it may be useless, except if it’s a result of a specific situation. It’s like trying to stop a human from getting thirsty.
That being said, you may take some steps to control the drooling or cut it down a bit. You can get your doggie cooled down with water, give him food, or remove the reason for his anxiety. If he drools seeing you eat, try to eat somewhere else. Besides, try to prepare his food away, and only show it to him when it’s ready.
Now that you know why drooling happens, you’ll be able to deal with it according to its reason. However, there’s no use trying to stop it, especially when it’s for a normal reason, not a medical condition.
When To See A Vet About Drooling?
You should seek immediate medical attention if your dog starts drooling suddenly and severely. You probably know how your Frenchie drools normally. When it gets much worse than normal, there’s a high chance something is wrong with the dog, such as a toxic element in his body or a severe health condition.
Try to note exactly when the dog started drooling excessively. It’ll help the vet determine the reason. You may have recently changed the floor’s cleaning detergent, which could be the reason. Alternatively, the dog may have chewed on something you left around, such as a plant that’s poisonous to dogs, a child’s toy, or a pair of shoes.
Symptoms To Look Out For
Along with drooling, there are some symptoms that indicate an underlying health condition. Learning about these symptoms is useful because you’ll know immediately if you should take your dog to the vet. Here are signs to watch out for:
- Bloody drool
- Mouth lumps
- Whining or whimpering
- High fever
- Irregular heartbeat
- Swollen gums
Aside from the symptoms to watch out for, there are some factors you’ll want to think about. The answers may help you determine the reasons for the drooling and whether it needs medical attention or not.
For example, if your dog recently made a lot of physical effort, fought with another dog, or chewed something from the floor, then drooling is a normal reaction.
It’s also not a reason for concern if there’s someone new in the house or if you changed anything in the dog’s diet. These actions typically cause the dog to drool out of stress, excitement, or other emotions.
Which Dog Breeds Drool The Most?
A lot of dog breeds are notorious for drooling—much more than French bulldogs. If you raise any of these species, you probably already deal with enough drool as it is.
- Saint Bernard
- Great Dane
- French Mastiff
- Great Pyrenees
- Bernese Mountain
- Bull Terrier
- Neapolitan Mastiff
- Sussex Spaniel
Some of these breeds drool only when excited for food or so, and some others drool for anatomy reasons.
For example, Great Danes drool because of their facial composition. They have square jaws, and their lips are a bit loose. Their anatomy isn’t designed to contain drool, and the folds in their skin cause it to pool out of their mouth. Some Bernese Mountain dogs also suffer from loose lips, which cause them to drool more than usual.
On the other hand, some breeds drool due to common health conditions. The Great Pyrenees are highly prone to getting liver and kidney diseases, and they cause excessive drooling.
A lot of breeds drool for far simpler reasons, such as heavy, fluffy coats. Newfoundlands have thick coats, which causes them to get hot more than usual. As a result, they drool when they make the least physical effort. They’re also messy eaters, so they drool a lot when eating or drinking water.
If you want breeds that don’t drool a lot, you may go for a Chihuahua, Brittany, Australian Cattle, Greyhound, or a Schipperke. These species don’t drool except if something calls for it.
Drooling is an essential part of French bulldogs’ nature. If you’re adopting a Frenchie, you’ll need to learn how to deal with it, especially if you’re raising a puppy. Otherwise, you should opt for a breed that doesn’t drool much, such as Chihuahuas.
Drooling is rarely a cause of concern. Even if it’s due to a heat stroke or over-exertion, it’s easy to overcome by getting the dog some water and cooling him down.
However, it’s essential to look out for unfamiliar symptoms, such as bloody drool or vomiting. Once you see an odd symptom, it’s better to pay a visit to the vet to know what’s wrong.