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Dog Foaming at Mouth

 Submitted by Michael Adams on September 29, 2011

In primitive times, dogs were domesticated because of their loyalty toward their owners and their strong sense of smell and hearing, which made them suitable for various purposes including defense. Today, however, dogs have become a part of the family. Nevertheless, they do still serve the same purposes, and when they are unwell or sick, it becomes important to ensure their well-being.

Dogs are prone to a variety of infections and health problems. One such problem is excessive salvation in dogs. Generally, excessive canine drooling is not common, and it should be a matter of concern for dog owners.

A dog salivating too much can be an indicative many serious health problems. Some of the reasons why there may be excessive dog drooling are as follows.

  • One of the reasons for canine drooling is extreme weather conditions. When the weather is extremely hot, dogs tends to experience discomfort. This causes extreme salivation, which appears like foam at mouth.
  • Another reason for dog foaming at mouth is exhaustion. When dogs are involved in high-energy physical activities like playing and running, they get tired and pant. This results in excessive foaming at the mouth.
  • Another probable reason can be either stress or fear. When dogs are in company of other dogs or are exposed to a crowd, they become scared and fearful. Such situations stress the dog, particularly if they are not used to such exposure.
  • Other causes of excessive salivation are choking or congestion in the heart.


While some of these problems can be addressed immediately by you, others may require medical attention. Here are some easy ways to relieve the dog.

  • Keep your dog cool.By bringing your dog to a cool place and give it cool water; this will help in regulatingand reducing their body temperature,which, in turn, will reduce salivation.
  • If your dog is salivating excessively due to intense physical activity, the best thing to do is to slowly reduce the intensity of the activity, and then, make your dog sit or be still. This is only way to reduce salivation that is caused due to exhaustion.
  • In order to avoid excessive salivation resulting from stress or fearful situations, make sure your dog is comfortable and feels safe at all times. If your dog is not used to crowds or other dogs, avoid exposing him/her to situations that will make him feel insecure.
  • However, if the cause of foaming at the mouth is heart congestion or choking, you must take your pet to a veterinary doctor immediately. This could be an indication of a more serious underlying problem, and your dog will require medical attention.
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