Gums surround a dog’s teeth and also serves as a barrier against alien items that can be in our dog’s mouth.
The color of normal gums should be bubble gum pink. The gums can turn into pale pink or white when pressed but the color should be back to normal pink once the pressing is done.
Capillary refill time or CRT is the term used for the amount of time it takes for gums to return to its normal color after being pressed. Gums should also be slippery and wet.
But what if your dog’s gums changed in color? Do you know what does it mean? Keep on reading to know about the gum problems in dogs.
Bright red gums mean the gums are overheated. It can also mean that your dog has stomatitis or gingivitis.
Dogs who suffer heat stroke has bright red gums since because of panting in order to cool down their body temperature. Inflammation or infection can also be present with this gum color.
Blue gums may suggest that there is not enough oxygen circulating in the blood supply of your pup. Cyanosis can also be the cause for this gum color.
Cyanosis is caused by a lot of issues but all of them has an effect on your dog’s respiratory system. Some of these issues include pneumonia, pulmonary thromboembolism, and congestive heart failure.
Sensitive gums often bleed. This sensitivity can mean that a dog has stomatitis, gingivitis, and growths on the gums.
If your dog has bleeding gums, you should go to the vet for proper assessment of your pup’s condition.
Pale Pink / White
This gums color means there is a lack of hemoglobin or blood in your dog. This can also be a sign that your dog is anemic or losing blood.
Growth on Gums
Growths on gums can be oral tumors or warts. Some of these can be benign and contagious for your dog’s health.
Papillomatosis is one of the diseases in dogs that is viral and contagious. It can result in pink, fleshy warts on the body and on the gums.
Treatment for gum problems on dogs is a case-to-case basis. They vary and can include immediate oxygen therapy, surgery, and blood transfusion.
In order to be accurate for the treatment, you must go to the vet for your dog to be checked. In this way, you can talk with the vet for the treatment and medications available for your pup.