The Cane Corso drools moderately to let out accumulated saliva from the mouth.
Drooling is normal however excessive drooling can be a cause for concern and can be a sign of a serious problem.
So why is your Cane Corso drooling so much?
Let’s look at the common reasons why Cane Corso drooling occurs, the potential complications, and when to seek help.
Why is my Cane Corso drooling so much?
Excessive Cane Corso drooling can occur because of illness, excitement, esophageal obstruction, oral or dental disease, upper respiratory tract infection, heatstroke, poisoning, stress, nausea, motion sickness, allergies, and certain medications.
Do Cane Corsos Drool A Lot?
Cani Corsi drool, but the amount can vary from one individual to another. Cani Corsi that have prominent floppy jowls tend to produce more drool and slobber, whereas those with lips that are more tightly drawn do not have this tendency. Other factors can cause excessive drooling in a Cane Corso.
Causes of Cane Corso Drooling
Some conditions and diseases cause a Cane Corso to drool more than usual. Conditions such as seizures, liver disease or kidney disease, rabies, infections, and bloat cause drooling.
If your Cane Corso is excessively drooling, an underlying disease or condition is likely to be the cause.
Drooling is normal in all dogs due to excitement. Excessive saliva production is triggered due to this emotion and your dog can’t help but drool.
Excitement can come from anything that makes your dog very happy such as seeing you after a long day of separation, car rides, or anticipation for food during meal times.
Esophageal obstruction means a foreign material or object lodged in your Cane Corso’s throat or mouth.
The obstruction causes difficulty in swallowing saliva which accumulates in the mouth, resulting in excessive drooling.
The obstruction can occur when a Cane Corso swallows things that they should not eat including broken toys, rocks, sticks, or bones.
Obstructions in the mouth and throat can also be due to the growth of tumors.
Oral and dental disease
Gum inflammation, tooth decay, tartar build-up, and oral tumors cause excessive drooling. Gingivitis and periodontal disease cause gum flare-ups
In addition to this, if your Cane Corso has a mouth injury, cuts, chipped teeth, or bruises, these can also cause drooling.
Upper respiratory tract infection
Infection of the upper respiratory tract, which is an infection of the nose, throat, and sinus, can cause drooling.
In hot weather, dogs pant to create a cooling effect and cool off. During this process, a dog can overheat and suffer from heatstroke and excessive drooling also occurs.
When your dog has been in the sun for too long and lacks access to drinking water, they are likely to suffer from heatstroke.
Ingestion of poisons also leads to drooling which is one of the many symptoms of poisoning.
A Cane Corso may accidentally ingest poisonous substances such as plants, frogs, spiders, or household products.
Stress and Anxiety
Drooling is also a symptom of stress and anxiety. When your Cane Corso feels uncomfortable in a stressful situation, this causes stress which triggers excessive drooling.
Stress can come from being in a new environment, meeting new people or animals, or loud noises.
Nausea can result from eating items that they should not such as garbage, poop, or non-edible objects.
Dogs will always explore their environment with their mouth and nose and this is bound to happen.
Cane Corso drooling will occur because of nausea which is accompanied by stomach discomfort.
Therefore if this happens, your dog may have ingested something it should not have eaten.
Nausea can also be a result of motion sickness which results in drooling.
Cani Corsi experience motion sickness when in a moving car. Motion sickness causes anxiety and nausea which causes your dog to drool excessively.
Other symptoms of motion sickness include licking or smacking of lips, constant yawning, whining, vomiting, inactivity, and uneasiness.
Allergic reactions cause drooling as an allergic response. Common symptoms of allergic reactions include itchy skin, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, or a runny nose or eyes.
Certain medications can also cause the production of excess saliva. If your Cane Corso is under medication and drooling occurs, this is likely to be the side effect of the medication.
Moderate drooling in a Cane Corso is normal however it can also be a symptom of life-threatening conditions or diseases.
Therefore the major complication of Cane Corso drooling is a fatal outcome, that is, death if the underlying cause is untreated.
Conditions such as kidney disease, liver disease, seizures, infections, bloat, and rabies are fatal.
Related: Why is my Cane Corso always hungry?
How to Stop Cane Corso Drooling
It is important to note that you cannot completely stop a Cane Corso from drooling, as it is a natural trait of the breed and many other large, jowly dogs. However, you can take steps to manage and reduce excessive drooling.
Here are some tips to help minimize drooling in your Cane Corso:
Regular Dental Care: Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your Cane Corso’s teeth regularly. Dental problems can contribute to excessive drooling, so keeping their teeth clean and healthy is essential.
Have your dog’s teeth checked by a veterinarian regularly. Dental problems such as gum disease or tooth decay can cause increased drooling, so addressing these issues can help reduce drooling.
Control feeding: Make sure your Cane Corso doesn’t eat too quickly or consume large quantities of water immediately before or after eating. Fast eating and drinking can lead to excess drooling.
Use elevated food and water bowls: Elevated bowls can help reduce the angle at which your dog eats and drinks, potentially reducing drooling.
Staying hydrated: Ensure your dog is well-hydrated, especially in hot weather. Dehydration can sometimes lead to increased drooling.
Manage stress and anxiety: Some dogs may drool more when they are anxious or stressed. Provide a comfortable and safe environment for your Cane Corso, and consider training or behavioral support if anxiety is a concern.
Wipe their mouth: Keep a clean cloth or paper towels handy to wipe your dog’s mouth after eating or drinking, especially if they tend to drool excessively. This can help prevent drool from dripping all over the place.
Regular Vet check-ups: Ensure your Cane Corso has regular veterinary check-ups to monitor their overall health. Sometimes, underlying health issues can lead to increased drooling, so addressing these issues can help.
Understand that some drooling is inherent to the breed, and trying to completely eliminate it may be unrealistic. Be prepared for occasional drooling and take steps to minimize it as best as you can.
Ultimately, managing drooling in a Cane Corso is about maintaining their overall health and making practical adjustments to minimize the inconvenience of excessive drooling.
When to Seek Help for Cane Corso Drooling
Some conditions that cause Cane Corso drooling may not need medical attention such as excitement, drooling after drinking water, or due to medication.
These are normal typical Cane Corso drooling and only require a drool rag to enable you to wipe their drool in these cases.
Cane Corso drooling can also be caused by underlying health problems therefore it is also important to seek medical attention to help determine the underlying cause and rule out any illness.
Seek medical help if your Cane Corso:
- Shows other symptoms of sickness such as weakness, fever, vomiting
- Displays behavioral changes such as not eating, or disinterest in activities
- Continuously drools
- Has an existing health condition
Treatment of Cane Corso drooling depends on the identified underlying cause. This can include:
- Administration of medication for the treatment of disease
- Removal of tumors
- Removal of a foreign object in the mouth or throat
- Surgery in case of bloat complications
- Anti-anxiety medication for stress
A Cane Corso drooling a lot can be a cause for concern because it can be due to a serious underlying condition.
Even if your Cane Corso’s drooling may not be linked to a medical problem, seek medical attention from the veterinarian to verify the root cause.