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How to Check a Dog’s Gums – Photos of Pale Gums and Photos of Healthy Dog Gums

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

Chow Chows have a blue tongue and gums, so checking these dogs gums is not usually possible. Read on for photos of pale dog gums and photos of healthy dog gums. (Thomas Wang Photo)

When checking a dog’s gums, you need to know what to look for; many dog owners are left wondering “How pale is too pale?” and “What do a normal dog’s gums look like?” I’ve received a few emails on this topic, so here is some additional information on dog gum color and photos of healthy dog gums, along with photos of pale dog gums. These photos should give pet owners a better idea of the spectrum of dog gum colors.

Dog Gum Color – Photos of Normal Gums in a Dog

Normal gum color will vary among dogs. Some dogs have darker pink gums, more of a salmon pink in color. This is a photo of healthy dog gums in a dog with darker, salmon colored gums.

Other dogs and most cats have a  gum color that’s a lighter pink; a color that could be described as a bubblegum pink. This photo of a dog with healthy gums falls into the lighter end of the normal gum color spectrum.

Checking a Dog’s Gums – Pale Dog Gums

There is a distinction between pale dogs gums and white dog gums, the latter being indicative of a more serious illness. This is a photo of pale dog gums; this photo is representative of the darker end of the unhealthy dog gum color spectrum.

Notably, you must consider the dog’s normal gum color. If the dog in the above photo has darker, salmon colored gums when he’s healthy, he could be just as sick as a dog with white gums (if this second dog has bubblegum pink gums when he’s healthy.) A dog with a lighter gum color to begin with will exhibit white gums sooner in the illness process.

The bottom line is the same: a dog with pale gums or white gums is sick and a visit to the veterinary clinic is required as soon as possible.



How to Check a Dog’s Gums – Photo of White Dog Gums

Here is a photo of white dog gums. This is a more severe presentation of pale dog gums. If a dog’s gums look pale and white like the dog in the photo, this is an emergency and the pet owner should immediately bring the dog to a veterinary clinic.

A dog’s gums may not be this pale; they may just be paler than normal, which is why it’s important to check the dog’s gums when he’s healthy.

Tips for Checking a Dog’s Gums – How to Check Gums’ Capillary Refill Time

Pet owners must avoid checking a dog’s gums when he’s been resting or sleeping. Give the dog a few minutes to wake up and move around. Circulation slows during sleep or rest, so the gums will appear paler than normal.

In addition, dog owners may wish to check the dog gums’ capillary refill time. This can give you a better idea about the dog’s health.

Check out related articles on The Sick Dog Blog to learn more about how to check a dog’s gums, how to check a dog’s gums if he has black gums, and what it means if a dog’s gums are pale, brick red, blue, etc.

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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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