Dogs Throwing Up White Foam
Dogs Throwing Up White Foam

If you’ve been around dogs a lot, you may have noticed that some have a tendency to get sick and throw up. Like with us, vomiting isn’t necessarily something to freak out about. In most cases, it’s harmless, and the cause is something is irritating the stomach, and the body is trying to get rid of it.


However this isn’t always the case, and it can be tricky to tell if the vomiting is a concern or not.


The most common form of vomit is white foam — it could be completely harmless or be an indicator that something is wrong. Unfortunately, you can’t always look at it and tell what the issue is. This is why it’s so important to know what is and isn’t normal behavior for your dogs.


To determine if white foam is a concern, you want to look for other symptoms.


Fortunately, indigestion is the main cause of white foam — your dog’s body is trying to get rid of something that's irritating their stomach. Often you’ll see grass or dirt, and there are lots of theories why dogs eat grass. Most dogs don’t actually throw up after eating grass, and instead are trying to improve their digestion, take in extra fiber, or treat intestinal worms.


If you notice your dog is suddenly eating lots of grass, then take note, but besides that white foam due to indigestion is harmless.

Kennel Cough

If you plan on boarding your dog or take them to the dog park often, having them vaccinated for kennel cough is strongly recommended by veterinarians. Kennel cough is highly contagious, and symptoms include throwing up white foam along with eye & nasal discharge, lethargy, and a cough.


Quick diagnosis of kennel cough means a fast and full recovery.


A dog with pancreatitis will have a difficult time digesting their food, and as a result, will throw it up. You may see white foam along with the regurgitated food. You should look for other symptoms like fatigue, abdominal pain, poor appetite, and a hunched back.

Reflux Gastritis

If you only see your dog get sick in the morning, then this could be an indication they have reflux gastritis. Stomach acid will irritate gastritis which usually happens in the morning because they eat on an empty stomach. Don’t let this condition go untreated as repeatedly throwing harsh stomach acids can damage their esophagus and teeth.


Bloat, known clinically as gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV), is caused when the stomach fills up with gas or liquid. It can cause serious issues and twist the stomach around — closing off the ends.


Bloat affects all dogs — puppies are prone to it because they eat too much too fast.


If your dog is eating too fast, place a tennis ball into her food bowl to slow them down and think about breaking their food into smaller proportions. It’s pretty easy to tell if your dog is bloated and it possible to see them throwing up white foam. If you see this, call your veterinarian ASAP.


It’s always better to err on the side of caution, so if you’re concerned about your dog vomiting white foam, call your vet. As well, if they are vomiting throughout the day or overnight, again contact your vet.


If you suspect it’s something they ate, you can call ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center any time of the year at (888) 426-4435.


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