Even though drool is a loathed aspect of pet ownership, saliva has an important role to play. Dry mouth in dogs and cats can be a cause of numerous health problems.
– Saliva has the vital roles of moisturizing food, lubricating food for easier swallowing, preventing dental disease and infection, and for oral comfort.
– Possible causes of dry mouth include fever, dehydration, some medications, radiation, dysautonomia, and nerve damage.
– Treatment of dry mouth entails diagnosis of the underlying problem and the pet getting appropriate treatment
If a primary problem cannot be identified or effectively treated, home management and therapies aimed at preventing and treating the complications associated with dry mouth can help keep pets comfortable.
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