Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Black Labrador Foams at the Mouth

From: Bob (Canada)

Subject: Black Lab foaming at the mouth

Reader's E-mail - Bob Writes:

MY BLACK LAB WHEN WE ARE OUT PLAYING AND RUNNING SHE GETS ALOT OF FOAM AND SLOBBER AROUND HER MOUTH CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT BRINGS THIS ON.

All About Labradors Blog Response:

Hello Bob,

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer

Thank you for visiting the All About Labradors blog.

There are different reasons why our Labrador Retrievers may foam at the mouth. Many times people will assume that the foaming is caused by rabies (not all rabid animals foam at the mouth), distemper or a symptom of a seizure.

There's a possibility that she could have some kind of foreign object stuck in her mouth/teeth/gums, or some other form of dental disease. Take your finger and run it around her gum line and check the roof of her mouth. Also check her gums for a healthy pink color as well. What you need to remember is that if this was the case, it would cause foaming at other times, not just when she is playing and running around.

It may very well be that it's just a case of excitability with her running around and playing, as this does occur in many Labradors. I have also a friend of mine who trains dogs and she stated it could be a sign of nervousness/anxiety.

If your Labrador Retriever is in good health, you notice no other range of behaviors (trembling, falling, nervousness,restless,withdrawn, etc), and she only foams when running and playing, I really don't think you have anything to worry about.

If you should notice that she is foaming at other times, she doesn't have all of her shots, you notice changes in her, and/or it gets worse, I would immediately take her to your veterinarian to have her checked.

I hope this helps. If you should have any further questions in regards to this or any other condition with you Labrador Retriever, please don't hesitate to write.

Take care of yourself and you Labrador Retriever,

Fay

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