Why Do Dogs Foam At The Mouth? Here's What It Means

Why Do Dogs Foam At The Mouth? Here's What It Means

Have you ever seen your dog foam at the mouth, and you're wondering what it means?

To understand what it means, you have to understand why dogs foam at the mouth.

 

It's a natural response that typically happens when dogs are excited, anxious, or frustrated.

 

So if your dog is foaming at the mouth, it could be because he's super excited to see you, or really anxious about something, or frustrated about something.

 

In this article, we're going to break down the causes and symptoms of dog foams at the mouth.



Section 1: Why do dogs foam at the mouth?

Section 2: What causes dog foaming at the mouth?

Section 3: What are the symptoms of dog foams at the mouth?

Section 4: How to tell if your dog needs an emergency vet visit?

Section 5: How to treat dog foaming at the mouth?

 

 

Why do dogs foam at the mouth?

 

Your dog is not going to foam just because you're worried that he's going to hurt himself.

 

Dogs get foam at the mouth because they're afraid. When they're in the presence of humans or other dogs, they are scared.

 

This fear causes them to react by holding their mouths open really wide and sometimes squirting out a small amount of saliva or spit.

 

Foam is seen as a good thing because it means they're communicating with you about something that's important to them.

 

But it's something you should be aware of because if it's happening when there's nothing going on and you're not there to play with them or watch them, it's possible that they could be upset about something and this is what's making them foam at the mouth.

 

What causes dog foaming at the mouth?

 

Dog foams at the mouth often happen when dogs are excited, anxious, or frustrated.

 

When dogs are very excited about something, their blood pressure increases. So if you give them a treat, or see them chewing a bone, or even just playing with a toy, they will probably foam at the mouth.

 

They will also foam at the mouth when they are scared. If they are scared because they are in the house, then they will foam at the mouth to warn you of what they see. If they see a scary animal or a big person, they will probably foam at the mouth as well.

 

One of the more common causes of foaming at the mouth is called hyperalgesia. It is when the feeling of pain increases.

 

Dogs tend to be a bit hypoallergenic, and a lot of times, that's because they don't really feel pain.

 

What are the symptoms of dog foams at the mouth?

 

Let's start by looking at the symptoms, and what we typically see:

 

Shaking, and it'll foam all over the place!

 

• Some foam doesn't even come from the mouth.

 

• Sometimes it just dribbles out.

  

Dog foams at the mouth happen when their mouths are unable to cope with all the excitement, anxiety, or frustration they're experiencing.

 

If they are bored, or not getting enough exercise, or if there's something going on in their lives they're not too happy about, they might foaming at the mouth.

 

The resulting foam makes it look like their mouths are literally just dripping with water when it's not really that deep at all.

 

 

How to tell if your dog needs an emergency vet visit?

 

While a dog might foam at the mouth all the time, some types of foaming at the mouth are more common than others.

 

Foaming at the mouth is different for different breeds, and can range in severity depending on the situation.

 

Cookie and Bella are two of my three small dogs, and they both foam at the mouth occasionally.

 

When both Cookie and Bella get very excited or anxious, they will foam at the mouth. They're also both very expressive dogs, so it's pretty easy to tell which one is excited and which one is anxious or frustrated.

 

On the other hand, tiny Bella (7 pounds!) never seems to foam at the mouth. She's very laid-back, and rarely shows any signs of anxiety or excitement. In her case, she might just need a little extra love and attention.

 

How to treat dog foaming at the mouth?

 

If the foam comes from both sides of your dog's mouth, it could be because he's nervous or excited.

 

You should gently pinch one side of his mouth, then gently tap the other side of his mouth to make him calm down.

 

This can help the water and saliva evaporate, making his mouth less foamy.

 

You can also hold him by the collar, or ask someone to hold his collar to help him calm down.

 

If the foam is from only one side of his mouth, it's probably because he's stressed.

 

If your dog's ears are raised and his breathing is quick, you might want to check his heart rate. It could be elevated and your dog is anxious.