Why Do Male Dogs Foam At The Mouth?

By Tom •  Updated: 09/19/22 •  3 min read
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Why Do Male Dogs Foam At The Mouth?

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Most people believe that a dog that’s foaming at the mouth has rabies or another major medical problem. But is that really the case? Or are there other reasons a male dog may foam at the mouth?

Has your dog foamed at the mouth? Are you worried he may be sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand that this can be scary!

We’ve put together some information about what causes male dogs to foam at the mouth and what you can do to help your dog. Let’s get started!

Why Do Male Dogs Foam at the Mouth?

First, it’s important to understand the difference between drooling and foaming at the mouth. Drooling is entirely normal in dogs. It may look like your fur has strings of saliva coming from his mouth and the corners of his mouth. This is normal.

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Foaming at the mouth looks more like bubbles and foam you’d see in a bubble bath. The foam is usually white and may be hanging off either side of the dog’s mouth. The foam is created from drool that’s been infused with air.

Why Do Dogs Foam at the Mouth?

Here are some of the most common causes of a male dog foaming at the mouth:

Stress & Anxiety

If a dog is stressed and anxious, he could start foaming at the mouth. Stress or anxiety can cause hypersalivation, heavy breathing, and more. These can lead to the development of foam.

Upset Stomach

When a dog eats something he shouldn’t, such as a toxin, his body naturally starts to rid the body of the poison. One of the mechanisms the body uses is to create foam. This may also happen if a dog has an upset stomach.

Too Much Activity

Another common cause of a male dog foaming at the mouth is being overly active. Foaming at the mouth can cause heavy breathing that causes drool to become filled with air, creating foam.

Health issues: some health issues, such as rabies or seizure disorders, may also cause a dog to foam at the mouth.

How to Help Your Dog

If your dog is foaming at the mouth after exercising quite a bit or when he’s stressed, he is more than likely OK. There’s no need to worry.

However, if your fur baby is foaming at the mouth for more than two hours, it’s time to call the vet. Your dog needs to be checked to see if he has a medical problem causing the foaming. In rare cases, a dog may have rabies. However, this is not the most common reason a male dog foams at the mouth.

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!
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