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Why would my dog be coughing up white foam?

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Coughing up white foam can be a sign of kennel cough, a fungal infection, bloat or bilious vomiting syndrome, according to VetInfo. If a dog has been boarded with other dogs recently, kennel cough is the prime suspect and typically remedies itself within about five days; however, other causes require medication to alleviate the symptoms.

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Kennel cough is an upper respiratory infection that is highly contagious and comes on quite quickly, according to VetInfo. Kennel cough typically appears five to 10 days after contact with a sick dog.

VetInfor advises that a dog who ingests the droppings of poultry, birds or bats by scratching and digging in the dirt can develop a fungal infection that needs to be treated using medication. A fungal infection is treated on an outpatient basis.

According to VetInfo, bloat occurs when too much air is in a dog's abdominal cavity. This serious condition causes the swelling and distension of the dog's stomach, dangerously low blood pressure and possible shock. Immediate veterinary attention is required if a dog's stomach becomes distended and she is vomiting white foam.

Bilious vomiting syndrome occurs when there is a build-up of bile in a dog's stomach, causing her to vomit it out, VetInfo notes. Usually a white foam, vomiting caused by bilious vomiting syndrome can also be a light yellow color.

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