What does the color of my dog’s gum mean?


Last Updated on March 31, 2021

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Did you know that the color and overall aspect of dog gum can help you determine whether they’re healthy or not? Not only the color, but the texture and wetness of it can also tell you loads of things. But what is the difference between healthy and unhealthy dog’s gum? Well, a healthy dog gum has a pink bubble gum color, and when you gently press your finger onto them, they should lighten up a little bit to a pale pink color and then back to their normal color within seconds. Their texture should also be wet and smooth. If you do this test on your dog and this is not the outcome, check below to see how unhealthy dog gums look like and learn about how you can prevent it or, if it’s too late, what you should do about it.

1. Blue Gums

If you notice blackened gums in dogs or a purple/bluish color, it’s a sign that there’s not enough oxygen circulating through your dog’s blood. Normally, this Dog gum color is referred to as cyanosis, the medical term referring to blue gums. But what can be the underlying issues and diseases? From respiratory problems such as pulmonary thromboembolism, pneumonia, or congestive heart failure, are health issues that require your full undivided attention, which means you should take your dog to the vet as soon as you notice weird colored gums. What can you do to avoid this? If you smoke, avoid doing it near your dog, allow them to get fresh air a lot of times during the day. Exercising is a great way to keep your dog healthy as well.

2. Pale Pink or White Gums

This one may be the hardest to notice since the normal color of healthy gums is very similar to pale pink, but not quite, so for this one, you’ll need to pay extra attention. Pale pink gums in dogs are often signs of acute blood loss or anemia, a condition where there’s a lack of healthy red blood cells in your dog’s system.