Why do dogs foam at the mouth?
When people see a dog with foam at it’s mouth, the first thing that came into their mind is “Rabies”. While rabies could be the potential cause, but the chances are very slim. That’s because rabies vaccination worldwide has brought the rabies to a minimal level. So what actually caused a dog to foam at its mouth?
Dogs that play hard or are exerting a lot of energy may foam at the mouth. When a dog is exerting a lot of energy, he may salivate excessively. As he exerts energy or effort, his breathing becomes rapid and the air of the heavy breathing turns the saliva into a foam.
Stress or anxiety may be another cause for your dog to foam at the mouth. Drooling can be triggered by a nervous reaction. The drool, combined with the rapid breathing of a stressed or anxious dog, can build up foam around his mouth.
If your dog has ingested any sorts of poison, he may foam at his mouth. Bring to the vet immediately as this might cause permanent damage to the organ and even cause death.
Difficulty in swallowing may cause the foaming at a dog’s mouth too. Reach out to a vet immediately to determine the cause of the problem as this might indicate breathing difficulty as well to the dog.
Poor dental hygiene or oral health problems can also cause a dog to hyper-salivate and pant due to stress which lead to the foaming around the mouth.
The seizure activity often causes a dog to salivate and rapidly pant, creating foam around the mouth. Depending upon the severity of the seizure activity, wild or erratic behavior may accompany the foaming at the mouth.