Dog Jowls Swollen Red

These infections of the jowls—often referred to as lip fold dermatitis or lip fold pyoderma—can cause the jowls to become swollen, red, and painful. In severe cases, dogs may scratch at their inflamed jowls to the point that they make their skin bleed. Large jowls are also associated with drooling in some breeds.

Why Is My Dog Drooling So Much

Dogs drool the most in the summer months when walking or playing outside. Depending on what type of dog breed you have, he might drool a lot.

It is always advised to keep dogs cool in the summer, especially large breeds and dogs with lots of jowl material.

Keep your dog in the shade whenever possible and avoid going outside in the mid-day heat. Provide your dog with lots of water!

I like to feed my girl watermelon to keep her hydrated while serving a yummy treat.

Sudden excessive drooling could indicate a heatstroke and your dog should be brought to a cool place immediately with enough ventilation.

Call emergency if your dog is struggling to breathe or gets apathetic.

Cool down your dog after every walk by providing a cool drink and letting it lay on a self-cooling mat.

Dog Drooling Excessively from One Side of Mouth

If your dog is drooling mostly from one side of his mouth, it may indicate a muscle weakness that makes your dog’s jowl droop.

Facial paralysis can be caused by many medical conditions and will also lead to problems while eating.

But excessive salivation (ptyalism) can also have more trivial causes.

Wounds are a very common issue and may lead to bleeding, pain, and drooling.

Your dog could have also consumed something poisonous or got infected with bacteria or a virus. Nevertheless, take your dog to the vet if you notice something different than usual.

Blood dripping from your dog’s mouth can be very shocking. It may happen that he hurt his gums on a stick but continuous bleeding is always serious.

Trauma will cause a different amount of bleeding depending on the severeness of the accident.

A dog that got hurt in a car accident or fell on his mouth will need immediate medical attention.

Gingivitis is another cause for gum bleeding which can be really painful for the dog.

If your dog has the very severe illness Von Willebrand’s (blood clotting disorder), he will always need medical attention for even the smallest cut or he might bleed to death.

If your dog has lost a lot of blood, he will need a transfusion performed by the vet team and an IV to keep him stabilized.

It really helps to know your dog’s blood type in case of an emergency.

If you’ve ever encountered any of these problems with your dog’s jowls, let us know in the comments.

Causes of Inflammation of the Mouth in Dogs

If your dog is experiencing inflammation in his mouth, it might be caused by a dental issue. Other causes of inflammation in a dog’s mouth include:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Viruses
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid or immune disorder
  • Cancer
  • Toxicosis
  • FAQ

    Why do dogs jowls turning pink?

    The staining you are referring to is most likely caused by a substance called Porphyrin. Porphyrin is a naturally occurring substance in the tears and saliva and tends to show up as a pink/brown colour where your pet has licked, dribbled or produced lots of tears.

    Why is the skin around my dog’s mouth red?

    Contact irritation (shampoo, home cleaning products, a collar that chafes the skin, etc.). Skin parasites such as mites/mange, ticks, or lice. Medical conditions such as hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, or other underlying issues. Obsessive chewing or licking behavior due to stress or boredom.

    Why is my dog’s bottom lip swollen?

    Irritants such as plastic or plant material may produce inflammation of the lips. Lip infections may develop. Wounds of the lips should be cleaned and sutured by your veterinarian, if necessary. Direct extension of severe gum disease or inflammation inside the mouth can produce inflammation of the lips (cheilitis).

    How do you treat a swollen face on a dog?

    Treatment should be determined by a veterinarian, and may include soaking the wound, flushing it with an antiseptic, painkillers, and antibiotics. Certain dogs, including boxers, Labrador retrievers, Great Danes, Doberman pinschers, and some terriers, may develop a rare condition called craniomandibular osteopathy.