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theres foam coming out of my dogs mouth

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theres foam coming out of my dog's mouth
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. K replied 8 years ago.

Is he having any difficulty breathing?
Is he gagging?

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
he looks fine and is acting normal. he was just shaking his head and next thing i know there was foam around his mouth
Expert:  Dr. K replied 8 years ago.
Is it still present, or has it stopped?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
it stopped, it only happened twice about 15 mins ago. he drank more water and now is sleeping.
Expert:  Dr. K replied 8 years ago.
This is good. It was probably nothing. If it has stopped already, he either ate something outside that didn't taste good, or he was suddenly slightly nauseous. If he is sleeping comfortably and not having any trouble breathing, then I would just leave him alone. If the foaming begins again, or if he starts pawing at his face, vomiting, or having difficulty breathing, then he should go to the emergency clinic.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
if the problem persists what would be the cause of it? what do you mean by pawing at his face?
Expert:  Dr. K replied 8 years ago.
By pawing at his face, I mean..that he takes one of his front paws and tries to bat at his face with it.

Excessive drooling (ptyalism) or foaming at the mouth can be caused by a few different things in dogs. They include:


Foreign Body (like a stick, or piece of a toy) caught in the mouth

Cancer of the mouth

Neurologic or functional disorder of the pharynx (throat)

Salivary gland diseases

Hiatal hernia

Gastric Ulcers

Neurologic disorders (Rabies, Pseudorabies, Botulism, Tetanus)

Toxic Ingestion (household cleaning products, common household plants)

Eating something of disagreeable taste

Animal venom (Bufo toad poisoning)

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
oh ok...thank you for your help, I was beginning to get anxious.I will be on the look out if symptoms persist.
Expert:  Dr. K replied 8 years ago.
You are very welcome. I hope that he is okay.

Fellow Pug Owner,

Dr. K