So, your Shiba has suddenly started drooling, and you\u2019re wondering if something could have gone wrong?\n\n\n\nOnce in a while, Shibas drool. It\u2019s the same with other breeds, too. However, when it becomes the order of the day, it\u2019s a sure sign that something is wrong. Also, if there are other signs alongside drooling, swift action is key. Drooling could as well turn tragic. You can\u2019t wait for that.\n\n\n\nSo, do Shiba inus drool?\n\n\n\nShiba Inus drool; it\u2019s normal! Saliva is vital for the digestion of food. However, when it in excess, drooling is a symptom of an underlying health problem. For example, build-up of tartar, tooth fracture, esophagus, tumors in the mouth, or gum irritation, among others. Shibas drool more as they age due to vulnerability to kidney failure and liver issues.\n\n\n\nDrooling: What Is It?\n\n\n\nAlso known as ptyalism, drooling is the increased flow of saliva in a Shiba\u2019s mouth. It\u2019s a result of the increased accumulation of saliva. Consequently, saliva drips through the pendulous lips (flews) until they shake off their heads. However, the folds collect the saliva flowing from their mouths before dripping through the flews. \n\n\n\nSuch dogs have more skin around the muzzle and lips. Unfortunately, their lips\/heads cannot hold the drool coming from the mouth.\n\n\n\nBut\u2026\n\n\n\nIs Drooling Normal For Shiba Inus?\n\n\n\nNot likely to see a Shiba Inu drooling all the time, but once in a while, they do. Under normal circumstances, Shiba Inus drool when they see you\u2019re setting their meal ready for them. When stressed or anxious, Shiba inus may also drool.\n\n\n\nThis is a sign that they\u2019re uneasy due to what they\u2019re seeing or hearing.\n\n\n\nRemember, they have a short muzzle. Therefore, saliva collects in Shiba\u2019s cheeks. Consequently, when they take water or vigorously shake the head, they drool.\n\n\n\nSuch cases cause normal drooling in Shiba Inus.\n\n\n\nIs Drooling a Symptom In Shiba Inus?\n\n\n\nThough it\u2019s normal for Shiba Inus to drool, it can as well be a symptom of a serious health problem. You can tell this if he starts drooling more often than he did.\n\n\n\nOr, if there are other symptoms that indicate something is wrong with him.\n\n\n\nDrooling could, therefore, be a symptom of:\n\n\n\nDental and Oral Problem\n\n\n\nUlcers, cracking of the teeth, growths, and any mouth disease are some of the oral problems that your Shiba inus could have. \n\n\n\nThe most common dental problem among Shiba Inus is the build-up of tartar. Tartar causes the growth of bacteria. \n\n\n\nAs a result, your Shiba suffers from illnesses such as periodontal and gingivitis.\n\n\n\nInfected or inflamed gums, on the other hand, causes soreness. Consequently, bony tissues erode, and his teeth fracture or fall out easily because of being loose, thus causing your Shiba Inus to drool.\n\n\n\nSo, when you notice he is drooling, check for signs such as swelling of the gums, bleeding, and redness.\n\n\n\nAlso, tartar browns the teeth; thus should be a sure sign that he needs to see a vet.\n\n\n\nKidney and Liver Problems\n\n\n\nLiver problems and kidney failure in Shiba Inu cause drooling, too. These, however, should not be the first thing to think of when you notice that your Shiba has started drooling. There should also be other signs.\n\n\n\nFor example, vomiting, bad breath, excessive weight loss, increased or decreased water intake, among others.\n\n\n\nHeat Stroke\n\n\n\nWhenever a Shiba Inu gets exposed to the sun for too long, they suffer from heatstroke. Hence, they\u2019ll drool to cool down.\n\n\n\nPrevent heatstroke by supplying your Shiba Inus with enough clean drinking water, especially if you\u2019re having a walk with him during summer.\n\n\n\nHowever, drooling is not the only symptom of heatstroke in Shiba Inu dogs. Excessive panting, lethargy, fatigue, and unresponsiveness are also signs of heatstroke.\n\n\n\nSevere heatstroke causes struggles in breathing. When such happens, you should call a vet with immediate effect.\n\n\n\nMotion Sickness\n\n\n\nIf you leave your Shiba home all the time when having a ride, it\u2019s likely he will have motion sickness the next time you have him on board. As a result, he drools when he experiences nausea.\n\n\n\nTry to have him on board when having short rides and gradually increase the distance. This makes it possible for him to get used to long rides.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s also necessary to give him motion sickness medicine before having him on board. Do also seek help from your vet.\n\n\n\nForeign Objects\n\n\n\nDogs don\u2019t have the ability to remove any foreign bodies in their teeth. As such, once a Shiba Inu eats meat or chews bones, it\u2019s possible to have some bones get stuck in his teeth.\n\n\n\nSince he cannot remove it, he gets uncomfortable and keeps his mouth open throughout, which leads to drooling.\n\n\n\nIf you notice any foreign objects in his teeth, try to remove them. In case you cannot handle it, take him to a vet.\n\n\n\nIt helps to brush your Shiba\u2019s teeth every day. It\u2019s a sure way of ensuring his dental condition is okay and seek medical attention when necessary.\n\n\n\nStomach Problems\n\n\n\nStomach problems in Shiba Inus cause drooling. A Shiba\u2019s stomach gets upset when he eats something he is not used to, which makes him uncomfortable.\n\n\n\nIn addition, intake of poisonous substances causes stomach problems that result in drooling. Note, however, that substances such as toy parts could also cause drooling when swallowed.\n\n\n\nCan Anxiety Cause Drooling In Dogs?\n\n\n\nAnxiety in Shiba Inu dogs causes heavy breathing and panting. Consequently, they drool.\n\n\n\nWhen Shiba Inus are stressed, they drool more, too. This is understandable and normal.\n\n\n\nYou can try to ease the situation for your Shiba by tapping his back to make him know that it is okay.\n\n\n\nHow Can I Help My Dog Stop Drooling?\n\n\n\nDepending on the cause of drooling, you can help your Shiba Inus stop drooling by:\n\n\n\nGiving him enough water to drinkStoring poisonous food away from his reachAllowing him enough time for exercise to ease tension and lower stressBrushing his teeth every day to remove any stuck debris in his teethTake him for regular medical check-ups to identify early signs of kidney or liver issuesDesensitize your Shiba Inu to car ridesGive him the recommended foods to avoid stomach problems\n\n\n\nDo Shiba Inu Dogs Drool More As They Age?\n\n\n\nAs Shiba Inus age, they may drool more. Why is that the case? Most aged Shibas suffer from kidney failures. Liver problem is also another common disease among aged Shibas.\n\n\n\nThese two diseases cause drooling.\n\n\n\nHence, it\u2019s possible for a Shiba Inu to drool more as he ages.\n\n\n\nAn older Shiba Inu is also often vulnerable to growth in his mouth, which results in drooling. If untreated, growth may become cancerous and claim the life of your Shiba.\n\n\n\nSo, yes, Shiba Inus drool more as they age!\n\n\n\nWhy Is My Shiba Inu Dog Drooling and Licking His Lips?\n\n\n\nWhen a Shiba Inus notices that you\u2019re preparing his meal or serving it, he will drool and lick his lips. Just like we salivate when we see our favorite meal.\n\n\n\nHere\u2019s what happens. A Shiba Inu\u2019s oral secretion system is responsible for the production of saliva. This system works in handy with Shiba\u2019s stomach and his digestive system.\n\n\n\nSaliva, on the other hand, is essential for food digestion in Shiba Inus\u2019 bodies. As a result, Shiba\u2019s body gets ready to digest the food once it is in the stomach.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s, therefore, normal and healthy for a Shiba Inus to drool during his mealtime.\n\n\n\nFrequently Asked Questions\n\n\n\nWhy would a dog suddenly start drooling?\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s likely he is experiencing some pain in his body. It could be a fracture, toothache, anxiety, blotting, or excitement upon seeing his favorite meal set before him.\n\n\n\nWhy does my dog drool when I eat?\n\n\n\nJust like Shiba Inus drool when they see their meals, your Shiba Inus drool when you eat due to the smell of the food. Also, the sight of food causes drooling in Shibas.\n\n\n\nEspecially when he is hungry, Shiba might want to have a part in the meal hence drool more. Ensure that he has enough food every day to avoid such cases.\n\n\n\nWhy is my dog drooling and licking his paws?\n\n\n\nYour Shiba Inus could be drooling and licking his paws because he feels uneasy. Alternatively, the paws could be hurting. Hence, licking them is a way of relieving the pain.\n\n\n\nSuch is possible if he has been walking on the snow without protective boots. \n\n\n\nAlso, walking on rough surfaces for an extended time and stepping on something that hurt him causes drooling and paw licking.\n\n\n\nParting Shot\n\n\n\nShiba Inus are dogs equal to other breeds; hence, they drool. It\u2019s normal for a Shiba Inus to drool. \n\n\n\nThat\u2019s not to say that if you notice uneasiness in your Shiba or any other alarming symptom alongside drooling, you should ignore it.\n\n\n\nDrooling is only normal when it happens under normal circumstances, such as when he is anxious, ready for a meal, and exposed to high temperatures, among others.\n\n\n\nHow has it been with your Shiba? Does your Shiba Inus drool?\n\n\n\nLeave your answer in the comment section.