View Full Version : Foaming at the mouth

25th November 2009, 02:19 PM
When I took the dogs out to our usual park before Charlie was running around in the leaves and when he came out he was foaming at the mouth. I tried opening his mouth to see what was in there but he wouldn't let me open it so I took him straight home and to the vets. The vet said he had a slightly high temperature but couldn't see anything else wrong so just told me to keep a close eye on him.

Has this happened to anyone else before and anybody any idea on what it might have been?

It really freaked me out for a while!

25th November 2009, 02:31 PM
This happened to Dougall when he was little. I did the same rushed him to the vets, nothing ever came of it and it has not happened since. I can only think he might have had a reaction to something he has sniffed/licked or eaten like a toadstool or a poisnous plant/weed.

25th November 2009, 03:29 PM
Both of my boys get foamy around their mouths when they get excited, and especially when they're around other dogs. They have drool hanging from their mouths and white foamy stuff around their lips...very attractive :rolleyes: I think it's pretty normal, it happens to mine fairly often...

Brian M
25th November 2009, 03:38 PM

Agreed foaming/frothing is a pretty normal event when they get excited after play or a good run so long as they are looking all OK overall with no signs of any other illness or problems ,so just normal happy Cav behaviour.:)

25th November 2009, 03:58 PM
It can also occur if they've licked a toad or something - but it's always wise to be careful, it can be a symptom of poisoning :(

25th November 2009, 06:50 PM
Charlie does this when he gets excited on his walk.

25th November 2009, 09:54 PM
Thanks everyone, he's absolutely fine now anyway so I'm feeling much more relieved!

21st August 2011, 12:30 PM
Hi all,

My Cavalier Kings Charles, Willow he foams at the mouth at the front but not long been doing this (I have had him for a year). Only noticed it after walks, normally when he has been very active and fairly warm.

My concern is that within the last week he has been drooling from the right corner of his mouth. When I see it hanging there immediately wipe it away. That corner of the mouth sags more than the other side which contributes towards the drooling.

Anybody any idea please?


22nd August 2011, 05:58 AM
Glad that he is doing well now!

A few months ago my lil pup started foaming at the mouth while sleeping and it turned out she was having seizures (her later seizures had more classic symptoms in addition to the foaming); I don't say this to suggest your pup had the same thing - rather it definitely sounds like a mild cold (because of the fever), excitement or possibly mild poisoning/bit of choking like others have said - all are things our vet told us can cause foaming. When it first happened he did an x-ray to see if anything was obstructing her lungs and when nothing came up he checked her temperature and found it was also a bit high and he concluded it was congestion that caused the foam. He told us to make sure to wipe away the foam so it couldn't go up her nose as that can cause pneumonia. Swallowing it doesn't seem to cause much of a problem.