If you are a dog owner, you have first-hand experience of how dogs just love their food. As a matter of fact, some dogs are just down right greedy and always make it seem like they haven’t been fed for decades. Once they hear that food bag rattling or they see you pick up their food bowl that is it. They become hysterical, anxious, hungry, and impatient and they begin to salivate. You see, your dog is a walking food hoarder and part of your dog’s main focus in his/her dog years is simply to eat. Once you beginning feeding your dog on a regular basis, you dog then creates a perception of how yummy the food is going to be in his head and then begins to anticipate that great taste in his mouth. That anticipating will lead to excessive saliva being drained from the dog mouth. It is the same trigger that works in us humans. Have you ever heard someone say that their mouth is watering for some kind of food? Some people mouth literally waters for that food. When your dog salivates for food it is a very natural process and as long as you continue to feed your dog, you will see lots more of that.
The Science Behind Saliva
Your Dog's saliva is produced in salivary glands. Saliva is 98% water, but it contains many important substances, including electrolytes, mucus, antibacterial compounds and various enzymes. The saliva in your dog's or anyone's mouth play a very important role, if not for saliva, we probably could not eat certain foods. The saliva in your dog's mouth helps to create a food bolus so it can be swallowed easily. It moistens up the food for us to create what I call soft digestion.