Salivary Gland Infection in Dogs: Blocked, Clogged Saliva Gland in Dog

January 10, 2011 | Healthy Dog | Leave a Comment |

Salivary Gland Infection in Dogs

Salivary glands functions by keeping the mouth bacteria free as well as helping the dog cool down. However, these glands could contract which may also results in infections, too.

Symptoms of Salivary Gland Infection in Dogs

Dog owners should watch out for the following symptoms that could indicate their dogs have an infection in their salivary glands:

  • Excessive drooling. Some dogs would even drool while walking, sleeping, or doing any activity.
  • Swelling under the tongue.
  • Swelling of the cheek though there isn’t a wound.
  • Swelling in the neck even without trauma, bruises, or wounds.
  • Bloody saliva.
  • Difficulty in eating because of pain.
  • Weight loss due to difficulty in eating.

Blocked Salivary Gland in Dogs

  • Sometimes the salivary glands manufacture and releases fluids that are too thick to flow freely out of the ducts. These fluids could remain in the duct and cause blockage.
  • At times, dogs do not chew on their food properly or the food items are sharp. Some splinters could make their way into the salivary glands and cause blockage.

Clogged Salivary Gland in Dogs

  • Clogged salivary glands could cause infection that must be treated as soon as possible.

Causes and Treatment

There are plenty of reasons why the salivary glands become infected; thus, treatment could vary:

  • Obstruction in the salivary glands with objects or salivary stones. Surgery might be necessary to remove the obstruction.
  • Paramyxovirus infection or mumps could also cause problems in the salivary glands. There is no treatment available and the dog will often recover within 10 days.
  • Trauma on the glands. This could be due to choke collars, dog fights, and accidents (such as dogs being hit by a vehicle). Treatments vary.
  • Mouth infections due to viruses, bacteria, and various microorganisms. Treatment of the underlying cause is necessary.

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