Is your dog throwing up white foam or spitting a white foamy substance? If yes, there is no emergency initially if the dog is acting well, but yeah if this vomiting happens for a longer duration and a sign of lethargy and sickness is visible, then this is the sign of something serious. Let’s first answer the common question about what is this white foam and why this happens?
What Exactly Is This White Foam Vomit and Why Is My Dog Throwing Up White Foam?
Due to the mixture of the dog’s saliva, digestive juices, and air irritating the mucus lining of your dog’s stomach that discomfort results in throwing up white foam. Sometimes throwing up white foam can be pale too this is because of the bile present in it.
The Most Common Causes Are:
The most common reason why dog throwing up white foam is indigestion or gas happening in their stomach. The other causes are:
Eating Grass and Plants: Trace the steps and analyze where your pooch has possibly eaten the grass or plant. Analyzing this will make you sure that the dog has or hasn’t eaten something poisonous.
Heatstroke: Are you out for a long time and it’s summer? Then there is the hundred percent possibility that your dog is suffering from heatstroke.
Unable to Digest Toxics: Dogs tend to be stiff and eat a lot of things during the day and most of them contain toxics, so there are many toxic which dog bodies can’t digest and spit out in the form of white foamy vomit.
Eating Heavy and Spicy Human Food: You and your dog enjoyed the meal together. That was wonderful but the food we eat is not easy to digest by your pooch. So if you are eating heavy and spicy meals like yours stop it because this may lead to a big problem.
Gastroenteritis: This is a common bacterial infection that happens to dogs somewhere or anywhere in the digestive tract due to parasites, germs, and bacteria entering the body with food or chewy toys.
Many of these causes can be cured by proper rest, and fasting so there is no need for an emergency but still keep a close eye on the dog.
The Less Common Causes Are:
These fewer common causes of throwing up white foam or throwing up clear liquid can be considered severe and very harmful for dogs’ health. An urgent appointment with the vet is recommended.
Kennel Cough: This is nothing but infectious bronchitis in dogs and this is caused by several bacteria in the respiratory system. This is the most contagious illness in dogs.
Organ Dysfunction Such as Kidney Disease: When your pooch’s kidney isn’t functioning properly these may result in frothy vomit.
Bloat: Just as humans dogs also feel bloated but their bloating can be severe for them.
Pancreatitis: The inflammation in a dog’s pancreas can result in this disease which is identified by the dog’s white foamy vomit.
Fungal Infections: Dogs can be in contact with various environmental fungal infections because they love to play outside. These fungal infections can be spread by a bird or a bat and these can result in vomit, diarrhea, loss of appetite.
Treatment for White Foamy Vomit:
If your dog throwing up white foam once or twice and acting happy and active then there is no need to take your puppy to the vet. This can be caused by some common causes (mentioned above) and can be cured by making you fast for 12 hours and slowly starting the diet by eating something light and bland (e.g. boiled white rice).
During this fasting period make sure your dog takes a good amount of sleep too because this will give him a rest as well as will keep the dog calm.
But if your dog throwing up white foam more than twice and more than a few days say 2-3 days then it is best to monitor for more symptoms and urgently call for a vet’s appointment.
The vet will examine the symptoms (also tell how the dog is behaving for the past few days) and will give the essential medications and if needed certain injections too. Don’t be scared in that situation.
Preventive Measures to Take for the Future:
Prevention is better than the cure, right. So the prevention step you can start to avoid happening something severe to your loved puppies are:
- The first and foremost step is to regularly take your dog for wellness checkups to an experienced vet (once or twice a month recommended). Through these vet schedules, the vet will be able to identify sooner if something wrong or severe is developing in the body and can act upon them.
- If your backyard has some poisonous plants to dogs’ health (e.g. pennyroyal or tomato plants) get rid of them, it cannot then keep your dog away from them or at least make sure your pup is not eating them while wandering the yard.
- Keep the dog’s chewy toys or balls clean and hygienic. Make sure you are buying a 100% non-toxic product for them and cleaning those things with non-toxic disinfectants.
- Keep track of their food intake. Please don’t feed them what you eat. Dogs’ digestive system is different, if your dog doesn’t like dog food then try to change the flavors and types frequently. Also don’t give them treats much.
- Keep their water and food bowls clean.
Conclusion With Suggestion
Dogs’ illnesses need a lot of attention from their caretakers but it is difficult to cope up with the busy schedule of the dog owner’s and mostly the caretakers are dog owners only. So it is suggested to avoid dog illnesses like dog throwing up white foam or any other serious situation. Have an experienced and certified nanny for your doggo when you are away or have a busy schedule.
Unlike any other, Pet Advices has a team of certified and experienced professionals that can identify the dog diseases just by symptoms and take required actions as soon as possible. They also take care of dogs like their own and keep track of everything like dietary requirements, walks, vet schedules, and much more.