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Do Pugs Drool

Drooling is a typical behavioral pattern in most dogs, and pugs are no exception. Being a brachycephalic breed, it is likely to be on the higher side when it comes to drooling due to its compressed jaws and big loose lips. This causes it to remain open-mouthed, especially during physical activity.

Reasons for Drooling in Pugs from Mild and Moderate to Severe

The salivation rate could range from mild to moderate or sometimes excessive, the latter being a cause for concern.


  • When excited during a play session or upon sensing something delicious around by its smell; the sight of good food could even make it drool hungrily
  • Accidentally eating spicy food


  • Because of motion sickness, where vomiting and a feeling of unrest also accompanies the drooling
  • Teething, in puppies between 2 and 7 months of age

Severe or Excessive

  • Heatstroke, caused by overheating, where associated symptoms like severe panting and vomiting occur
  • Due to Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) triggered by over-exercise or increased exposure to heat, where the pug might be panting for breath
  • Dental infections or even a mouth ulcer or tumor
  • Upon mistakenly chewing a foreign object that has got stuck somewhere inside its mouth
  • Due to rabies, where foaming and salivation occurs around its muzzle, and mouth

Do not delay booking a vet’s appointment if the pug starts drooling suddenly, besides showing other symptoms like a loss of appetite, behavioral changes, inflamed lips and mouth, foamy, white saliva, and diarrhea or vomiting.

Pugs Drooling

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