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Black Dog Gums – Photos of Pale Dog Gums and Normal Dog Gums Photos

January 26, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Symptoms, General Dog Health, How to Check a Dog's Gums, Pale Gums in a Dog

Wondering how to check a dog's gums? What does it mean if a dog has black gums? Read on to learn more and see pale dog gums photos and photos of healthy dog gums. This dog's gums look pink and normal. (Mkadri Photo

Does your dog have black gums? Some dogs have patches of black pigmented skin, including on their gums. This can be shocking for a dog owner who’s trying to check a dog’s gums. (This is why it’s important to check a dog’s gums when he’s healthy, so you know what the dog’s healthy gums look like.)

Why Are My Dog’s Gums Black?

Black skin pigmentation is totally normal in dogs; it’s just a variation of pigment, just like a freckle on a human.

When discussing a wound, black skin can indicate necrosis — tissue death — which is a potentially deadly problem associated with a serious infection. So if your dog has black skin around a wound, this is cause for concern. But in healthy skin, black spots are not a cause for concern.

Black gums can make it difficult to check a dog’s gums. To check the dog’s gums, you’ll need to look for a pink patch of skin. Here is a photo of pale gums in a dog with black skin pigmentation.

That is a great photo example of pale gums in a dog with black gums; according to the website where this photo is posted, the dog ate rat poison and exhibited serious life-threatening symptoms due to that incident, including shock.

Compare that image to photo of healthy dog gums. Here is a photo of healthy gums in a dog with patches of black skin pigmentation.

How to Check a Dog’s Gums – Black Gums

In a few dogs, there will not be any areas of pink gum to examine. This can be due to spontaneous black skin pigmentation or it may be due to the dog’s breed. For instance, a Chow Chow’s gums and tongue will be blue-black color.

For these dogs, there is no effective way to check the dog’s gum color. Instead, you will need to rely on other symptoms of illness like the dog’s temperature, the presence of shivering, or a dog’s refusal to eat. An owner knows his dog better than anyone, so if he suspects that the dog is sick, he’s usually right!

What Does it Mean if a Dog Has Pale Gums?

If a dog has pale gums, this is a sign of a medical emergency. Pale gums can be a sign of low blood pressure, a lack of red blood cells, poor oxygenation of the blood and other serious medical problems like shock.

Check out The Sick Dog Blog’s related articles to see more photos of dog gums, including pale dog gums and normal dog gums photos. Pet owners can also learn more about how to check a dog’s gums and what it means if a dog’s gums are pale, brick red, blue, etc.

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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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