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Whenever the thought of a dog foaming at the mouth comes to mind, most people immediately assume it is because of rabies.
This can be quite terrifying. No one wants to learn that their dog has been infected with rabies.
Nevertheless, foaming at the mouth can mean different things.
In this article, I am going to go over the different reasons why your dog might be foaming at the mouth.
We will also look at signs and symptoms other than foaming at the mouth that can help you to figure out what your dog is going through and how to fix it.
Reasons A Dog May Foam at The Mouth
One of the least worrisome reasons a dog might foam at the mouth is if they have recently been playing and running around.
Your dog may be drooling and panting, which can lead to their saliva getting a bit foamy. If you notice this, do not panic.
Your dog is perfectly fine. If anything, they might need a drink of water.
Your dog could also be feeling high levels of stress and anxiety. The best thing you can do in this situation is pinpoint what your dog could be stressed about.
Are they in a new location? Are they scared of something?
If you can think of a specific reason why your dog is anxious, see if it would be possible to get them out of that situation.
Let us say you took your dog to a friend’s house, and your dog started foaming at the mouth.
In normal circumstances, it might be best to take your dog home.
However, most of the time, your dog will calm down, and the foam will subside.
Your dog may also need you to start paying more attention to their dental care if you notice they are foaming at the mouth.
When you find that your dog is foaming at the mouth, it means that are producing more saliva than they normally would. This can be a sign of various dental issues.
The best thing you can do is take your dog to the vet, but this may mean you will have to brush your dog’s teeth more often in the future.
If you have decided that neither of those could be the reasons why your dog is foaming at the mouth, that is when the reason could take a dangerous turn.
Your dog may be unable to swallow. If you notice your dog is foaming at the mouth, you may want to look into their mouth to see if there is anything in their throat.
If you see something that you can get out on your own, do it. Just be sure to observe your dog for a while after to see if the symptoms will go away.
If you cannot get the object out, you need to contact your vet immediately. The foaming at the mouth could also have something to do with what your dog has been eating.
Your dog may just have a stomachache, or they may have eaten something they did not like the taste of.
Try to think of anything your dog could have possibly eaten. Foaming at the mouth is a sign that your dog might also have eaten something poisonous.
If you have any reason the believe they ate something they were not supposed to, call the vet.
Even if you do not have a reason to suspect this, it may be best to call an emergency vet if you have not realized why your dog is foaming at the mouth at this point.
Your dog could also be having a seizure.
Lastly, rabies could be an option as well. These are all very serious, so I want to go over other signs you can look for that will tell you what your dog may have going on with them.
There are many different symptoms that your dog may show after eating something poisonous to them.
You should look out especially for vomiting and diarrhea. Your dog’s body is trying to naturally get rid of the substance that they ate.
As well as foaming at the mouth, your dog could shake or seem wobbly when they are trying to move around.
It may seem as though your dog is not breathing normally. Finally, your dog may have a seizure.
If you notice any of these signs of poison, your dog needs veterinary care immediately. If there is an emergency vet near you, this will be your best option.
Foaming at the mouth is a sign of seizures, and a seizure is a sign that your dog ate poison.
Whether your dog ate something poisonous to them or not, it is still important to know the signs that your dog may be experiencing a seizure.
Before a seizure occurs, your dog may seem to be staring off into space. They may seem to be unsteady.
If your dog is having a seizure, they might chew on their tongue, have odd and jerky body movements, twitch or be stiff, or they could fall over.
Your dog might also urinate or defecate without meaning to. Finally, your dog could lose consciousness.
If your dog is having a seizure, you need to call your veterinarian and tell them what is happening.
They may not be able to do anything now, but there are things you can do to help your dog through the seizure.
Speak gently to your dog and reassure them but be aware not to put your hand close to your dog’s mouth as they may try to bite you.
Make sure your dog is in as open an area as possible.
The movements your dog makes during a seizure are involuntary and moving away furniture or other obstructive items could help to prevent injury.
If your dog has experienced a seizure, you need to take them to the vet. Seizures can be signs of underlying issues with your dog’s health.
Even if it were not poison, your dog could still be sick.
Rabies is not extremely common so long as your dog has gotten their rabies vaccination.
Nevertheless, there are cases where dogs can become infected with rabies. If your dog is foaming at the mouth, this is one of the signs of rabies.
While there are signs to tell you whether your dog has rabies, there is, unfortunately, no cure for the disease.
Even if you will be unable to save your dog once they begin showing symptoms, you still need to call the vet.
As horrible as it sounds, euthanizing may be the best option for your pet, though your vet will help you with making that decision.
The symptoms of rabies in a dog are foaming at the mouth, aggression, a fever, and other strange behaviors.
Your dog may seem restless, and they might chew or bite the area where they were infected.
Your dog may hide in dark places, as they will be sensitive to light. They might seem disoriented or have a seizure.
Your dog may tremble and start eating strange things. If you have any inclination of your dog having rabies, do not go near your dog.
You may want to love and comfort your dog, but your dog could bite you.
You should call your vet immediately and follow any instructions that they give to you regarding how to deal with the situation.
It is tough to deal with, but unfortunately, not much can be done for your dog at these stages.
To prevent your dog from getting rabies, you should always make sure your dog is up to date on their vaccinations.
If there is a danger of your dog coming into contact with wild animals, you will want to keep them inside.
You should also walk your dog on a leash so you can avoid any contact with wild animals.
If you do come into contact with a wild animal, you should do your best to slowly get back to the safety of your home.
If your dog gets scratched or bitten by a wild animal, even if that animal did not seem to have rabies, you should bring your dog to the vet. Your dog will need to be kept under observation for signs of rabies.