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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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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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