Every dog has gums surrounding their teeth, and these mucous membranes give us a lot of insight into the health of our pets. Acting primarily as a protective barrier, gums have a rich blood supply that gives them their distinctive pink color.
When this color and other normal gum attributes change, such as moistness and temperature, it can mean that something is wrong and should be further examined by a veterinarian.
In this article, We will shed the light on what does the color of your dog’s gums mean (Blue gums, Pale pink or white gums, bright red gums, growths on gums…), and how to prevent it.
1. Blue Gums
If inadequate amounts of oxygen are being circulated through your dog’s blood supply, its gums may turn blue or purple. This gum color is referred to medically as cyanosis. Cyanosis can be caused by a variety of issues.
Pneumonia, congestive heart failure, pulmonary thromboembolism, and other respiratory problems can cause this blue gum coloration if the condition is severe, because of a decrease in oxygenated blood. These conditions are all very serious.
How to prevent it:
Dogs that develop diseases that inhibit proper breathing and oxygenation will cause blue gums but these diseases are often unavoidable. Be sure not to smoke around your dog and get veterinary treatment as soon as possible if your dog is having trouble breathing for any reason.
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