Anybody there with Dogue de Bordeau experience

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  1. Dayaxaron

    Dayaxaron New Member

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    Hi,
    I have a 4 year old dogue de bordeau. And being a DDB he drools. Now i am not a newbie with dogs, lived with them whole of my life. So it is not that i get enouyed over a little stain on the furniture once in a while. But ... having to clean the ceiling weekly... (i am not exaggerating). I hand out cover-alls and towels, at the door, to friends and family who come to visit.
    So question 1 : are all DDB that bad ? or did i just get unlucky in that area ?

    (btw, i never "aimed for a DDB, went to a shelter one day, and saw a dog there, who for all other foster parents, was too big, had a big scarry face, and was very fierce, scared people away when they passed his cage, so i decided that was the one i would give a chance, not even knowing what race he was - turned out to be a true bread DDB who was neglected and beaten for 1,5 years).

    In the mean time with a lot of patience, he became a lovely dog, sweat and trustful again, but still drooling as hell.

    Now sorry for the long intro, but i heard they can have an operation to stop that. And i heard a lot of contradiction over it.
    So if anybody can give me some more information about.. please plese..
    If i would have it done, it would my life a lot easier, but only if i am sure that for him it would be..well like extracting a wisdom tooth, not agreeable, but not having any other effects on him or his health.
    If i am not 100% convinced of that..i will not go for the operation, I will just live with his drooling and cleaning and the guests will just have to accept, his health and comfort comes before my comfort.
    Daniell
     
  2. Boxer100

    Boxer100 New Member

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    There is an operation to stop drooling? So how can they produce saliva after that? Sorry, but this is the first time I hear they have a procedure for stopping drooling and I am not sure what it involves. Are you sure they are not after your money and that this is a legitimate operation?
     
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    Tankstar ~Lisa~

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    I think sh emeans more along the lines of a doggie face lift. I have heard of them. Never investigated them though. But Blaze in Agility class makes me wish he would have a face lift for his drool, and he is a collie. I could just imagine the drool you DDB makes. After blaze plays with his 3 DDB friends, looks like he had a bath from all the drool he gets covered in lol
     
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    noludoru Bored Now.

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    Oh. . . my. . . god.

    You want an operation to stop your dog from drooling?

    I hope to god there is no procedure like that that exists, because it would involve chopping up his flews (lips) and sewing them back together or something. I can't even begin to imagine how horrible that would be. :yikes:
     
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    I have Hamish and he is a 3 year old DDB. He can be a serious drooler at times but it just one of the perks that comes with the breed. We keep his food and water in the basement since it is unfinished so he can drip dry abit before coming upstairs and once he does come upstairs we have teatowels and just wipe his face all the time. He comes in from running around outside we wipe his face, when he gets a cookie we wipe his face basically anytime he does something besides laying down we wip his face. lol. It does help alot with splatter marks everywhere in the house. The lovely shoelaces can be gross at time. :D
     
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    MafiaPrincess Obvious trollsare Obvious

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    Hahahahaha ^. I've known a few dane people and a few mastiff people that when at the park, pet store etc, have a tea towel looped into their belt... Give cookie, wipe face. Play, come back to see people, get a face wipe.. repeat..
     
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    We even have all of our friends trained that come to the house. Whoever is closes to the basement when Hamish comes upstairs from drinking/eating has to get up and wipe his face.
     
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    mommakatx2 LoveMyBully

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    I have an English Bulldog that could probably put your DBB to shame, lol. Dozer has a malformed mouth (probably thanks to BYB), and none of his teeth line up nor can he completely close his mouth. 99.9999% of the time he's got a HUGE noodle of drool hanging from his mouth...and if you aren't quick, he'll wipe it on your legs!

    I clean drool from the most inane places...the sofa, the windows, the coffee table, the TV...me...the cat...anything and everything, really. I also have towels just for wiping his face.

    I wouldn't change anything about him, though. And I've never heard of a drool-stopping surgery. I imagine it has to do with removing saliva glands. What do YOU know about it?
     
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    SmexyPibble Blow. Me. Away.

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    First of all, welcome Daniell.
    I'm Breawna; and I have quite a bit of experience with breeds that drool - quite a bit.

    The drool is part of what comes with getting this breed of dog, and I think that type of operation would be completely unecessary! I think you should have done more research before getting one if you were going to have a problem with the drool, in my own opinion.
     
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    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I love mastiffs but I could not deal with that amount of drool! It used to ick me out when my sheltie would drool a bit on my leg. I can't imagine finding drool on the ceilings.

    I need to remember this every time I think 'A mastiff would be cool....'
     
  11. Oh honey... all I can say is, you haven't met Blue.

    That is all. :D
     
  12. Dayaxaron

    Dayaxaron New Member

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    Thank you

    I am new to this forum so i do not know if have to answer and thank all of you nice people individually or just sent a general reply, which i think i am doing now - i think-

    So trying to answer all of you, it might get a little chaotic (maybe just an excuse sine chaotic is how my mind works in general anyways)

    So far i found out on the subject that there are 3 treatments.
    1. one is called- cheiloplasty - it is a corrective plastic surgery on the lips.
    which is no option for me. I can agree with this surgery when your dog has a really malformed condition, which would endangour his health. My DDB is just as he should be, so i am not going to alter that.

    2. is the one i was told would not harm him at all and is taking away part of is saliva glands. Of which i was assured would not harm him, and that was why i wanted to have the opinion, of you experenced guys, to know if that was true.

    3. is medication, i found this one on the internet, but like Boxer100 suggested, think is more of a money grasping thing, also i am not planning to get my dog under unnecessary medication all of the time. (also Boxer 100 i look half the time like the playmates of Blaze most of the time)

    So that is what i learned about it so far.

    As a kid we had boxers at home, so i knew what drooling was and although i really did not know anything about the DDB race, by the look of him i assumed he could be a drooler. But i never expected it this bad. (as said i rescued him from the shelter since nobody else wanted him, mainly because he was rather viscous, and this lovely gentle dog he turned into would have been put down)

    I have towels all arround the house, but in many times we are not quick enough, hence the drool on the ceiling.

    Do not get me wrong, i do know the consequences of being owned by a dog.
    You do have paw marks on your floors, you do have hairs all over the place, and in my case drool. BTW i also have a great dane, i knew the race very well before i got one, with them you can be lucky or unlucky some drool some do not, guess what mine turned out to be.... Earendil drools, but in a normal way, when he has eaten, had a drink or is exited. When i prepare his food he blows bubbles all of the time almost flooding the kitchen.

    In general i am against any unnecessary surgery on my dogs, the boxers i had, had long tails, my great dane has lovely huge flaps of ears. The only thing done is that Gimli the DDB is snipped. Not by my own accord, but it is the law here, when you get a dog out of a shelter she has to be neutred, he has to be castrated.

    So in general, I can live with the drooling, it is just if there would be a kind solution for all of us it would be welcome. If it harms the dog in the least, it is a no no for me.

    I have a sign on my door, not warning guest for dangerous dogs, but stating

    - for all none-dog owners, coming here, there are dogs, they can have dirty paws, there is hair on the furniture, but they live here, you do not -

    Danielle
     

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