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How Do I Check My Dog’s Gums?

February 26, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Illnesses and Diseases, Dog Symptoms, General Dog Health

Pale gums are a symptom of a sick dog. (Marjorie Manicke Photo)

This article will answer questions like, “What should I look for when I check my dog’s gums?” “What will a sick dog’s gums look like?” “What does it mean if a dog has pale gums?” and “Help! My dog has dry, pale white gums! What should I do?”

Checking a dog’s gums is a very reliable way to check on a dog’s health in a general sense. In many cases, a sick dog will have white gums or other gum discoloration.

But how do you check a dog’s gums? What should you look for when you check a dog’s gums? Keep reading for a guide on how to check your dog’s gums.

How Do I Check My Dog’s Gums?

Begin by lifting the dog’s lip and examine the gums. It’s best to check a dog’s gums in natural light.

A healthy dog’s gums will be pink. Healthy gum colors in dogs range from bubblegum pink to a darker salmon.

An unhealthy dog’s gums will be discolored. Unhealthy gums will look pale white, grey, yellow, blue or brick red.

In a healthy dog, the gums will also be slick to the touch. If the dogs gums are sticky or dry, this indicates dehydration. Dehydration can occur if a dog won’t eat or drink – a situation that usually occurs when a dog is ill or experiencing discomfort.


More Help for Checking a Dog’s Gums

It’s also important to note that many dogs gums will have patches of darker skin pigmentation. You may also see dark patches on the tongue. These darker patches of skin pigmentation are completely normal in most cases. Some breeds of dog — like the Chow Chow — may normally have black-blue colored gums and tongue. The key is to check your dog’s gums when he’s healthy so you know what’s normal for your pet. When you know what’s normal, it’s much easier to know when a dog is sick.

Another hint: Avoid checking a dog’s gums right after he wakes up; the dog’s gums will appear abnormally pale as a result of slowed circulation that naturally occurs while the dog is asleep.

What Happens if My Dog’s Gums Are Pale or Discolored?

If your dog’s gums are abnormal in color or if the dog’s gums are dry and sticky, it’s best to take the dog to your veterinary clinic for an exam.

To learn more about what it means if a dog’s gums are pale or discolored, check out this article on The Sick Dog Blog titled “What Does it Mean if My Dog’s Gums Are Pale?”

In addition, see the related articles on The Sick Dog Blog (links below) for photos of pale dog gums, photos of healthy dog gums, along with photos of a dog with black dog gums and info on how to check a dog’s gums if he has black gum pigmentation.


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What Does it Mean if My Dog’s Gums Are Pale?

February 26, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Illnesses and Diseases, Dog Symptoms, General Dog Health

Check a dog's gums to determine if your pet has symptoms of illness. (Mario Alberto Magallanes Trejo Photo)

This article will answer questions like, “Why are my dog’s gums pale?” ”What does it mean if a dog’s gums are discolored or pale?” ”Why does my dog have dark patches on his lips and tongue?” and “Why are my dog’s gums dry and sticky?”

For the dog owner who is wondering, “Is my dog sick?” it’s best to start by checking the dog’s gums.

When you check a dog’s gums, you’ll want to check the gum color and appearance/feel of the dog’s gums. Here’s a guide to what it means if a dog’s gums are pale or discolored.

A dog with abnormal gums may be suffering from one of many health problems.

What Does it Mean if My Dog’s Gums Are Pale?

Pale gums can indicate two basic problems. Pale gums in a dog can occur due to a lack of red blood cells from anemia. Anemia can occur in dogs as a  symptom of a larger problem.

A dog with low blood pressure will also have pale gums. A dog may have low blood pressure from internal bleeding, cardiac problems, and a wide array of illnesses and diseases.

What Does it Mean if My Dog’s Gums are Brick Red?

Brick red gums in a dog suggests an abundance of red blood cells and increased circulation. A dog with brick red gums is often suffering from heat stroke or another condition that causes the dog’s blood to circulate near the surface of the skin.

What Does it Mean if My Dog’s Gums are Blue or Grey?

A dog with greyish or blue gums is suffering from a lack of oxygen in the blood, a condition called cyanosis.  This means the dog is not getting enough oxygen into his blood stream. This improper oxygenation of the dog’s blood is called hypoxia.

A cyanotic dog may be suffering from a lung disease or condition that creates hypoxia. A dog who is choking or who has an object obstructing his airway will  become cyanotic, with blue gums. A dog suffering from a lung infection can become hypoxic, because fluid in the lungs will prevent the lungs from transferring oxygen into the dog’s blood stream.


Why Are My Dog’s Gums Yellow?

Yellow gums in a dog indicate jaundice, a condition that occurs when an excess of bilirubin accumulates in the dog’s blood. The whites of the dog’s eyes also turn yellow in a dog with jaundice. Jaundice in dogs is most often the result of liver failure or a bile duct blockage.

Why Are My Dog’s Gums Dry and Sticky?

A dog’s gums should normally be slick and wet to the touch. If the dog’s gums are dry and sticky, this indicates dehydration. A dog with dehydration is suffering from a lack of fluids in the body.

For more information on dehydration in dogs, read Causes and Cures for Dehydration in Dogs.

To learn more about how to check a dog’s gums, read The Sick Dog Blog’s article How Do I Check My Dog’s Gums?


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