Dog Coughing and Gagging: Causes of Dog Coughing Up White Foam

There is no need panic when seeing your pet dog coughing and gagging. A cough is simply the sound caused by the explosion of air following an exaggerated effort to breathe. Coughing in dogs often producing a weird sound, different than what is experienced by humans. This can also be followed or preceded by gagging or retching.

Why Is My Dog Coughing And Gagging?

Reasons vary but may be any one or a combination of the following:

  • Acute tracheobronchitis
  • Tooth infection
  • Mouth infection
  • Tonsillitis
  • Also read home remedies for kennel cough in cats
  • Bronchitis
  • Collapsed trachea
  • Migrating hook worm larva
  • Migrating round worm larva
  • Heart worm disease
  • Allergies and irritants
  • Tumors in the lungs
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive heart disease
  • Fungus diseases
  • Coccidiosis
  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Lung worms
  • Distemper
  • Paroxysmal respiration or reverse sneeze-or-cough
  • Tuberculosis
  • Read more on Dog Stomach Gurgling

Causes of Dog Coughing Up White Foam

It may also be possible for dogs to cough up white foam. Again, this may be caused by any or combination of these reasons:

  • Upset stomach after ingesting something not right for them such as dirty objects
  • Bilious vomiting syndrome
  • Canine Coronavirus
  • Bacterial or fungal infections
  • Canine bloat
  • Kennel cough, also read how to treat kennel cough in dogs
  • Food allergies

Treatment for Coughing and Gagging in Dog

Because the causes for coughing, gagging, and coughing up white foam vary, treatments also vary. For best results, bring the dog to a vet who can diagnose the illness and provide proper medication. Some possible treatment options and medications include:

  • Catnip – calms stomach
  • Also read about treatment for acetaminophen poisoning
  • Fennel – prevents gagging and vomiting
  • Ginger – treats motion sickness
  • Ipecac – used for gagging due to over-eating
  • Raw honey – used to treat coughing and upset stomach
  • Peppermint – helps treat coughs
  • Yerba Santa – helps treat kennel coughs
  • Plantago lanceolata – used as expectorant
  • Short term steroids – for kennel coughs
  • Some human cough medication (without acetaminophen)
  • Pepto-Bimol – treats upset stomach

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