Gums that assume a bluish/black tint can be a sign of poor oxygenation. In this case, the color change is a very sudden development and it’s often accompanied by other worrisome signs such as trouble breathing. If you notice any difficulty breathing on top of the black gums, then get your dog to the vet ASAP.
What does it mean when a dogs gums are black?
Black Gums: If your dog has black gums but no bad breath, it may be something that the pet was born with, like a freckle. Some breeds, like Chows, are preferred for having black gums. If they aren’t accompanied by bleeding, bad smell, and plaque buildup, it’s likely okay!
Are black gums normal in dogs?
Melanin is a dark, almost black pigment. In many breeds and especially some mixed breeds, we can see very black lips and gums simply due to the presence of this pigment. In fact, any dog that has a black coat or skin may also have black coloration to the gums as a normal variation.
What color is a sick dog’s gums?
Dog gum colour chart
|Gum colour||Possible reasons|
|Yellow||Liver problems Red blood cell damage|
|Blue or purple||Breathing problems Pneumonia/asthma Choking Heart disease Hypothermia Low blood pressure Toxicity (poisoning)|
|Cherry red||Carbon monoxide poisoning Heat stroke High blood pressure Toxicity (poisoning) Shock|
What color should black labs gums be?
A black Lab’s gums should be pink, as is true for nearly all dogs. However, black gums may be present in dogs that have dark coats and skin, as melanin can often be present in the gum tissue resulting in a darker pigment.
What if my dog’s gums are dark purple?
If your dog’s gums appear blue or purple, this coloration is a sign of cyanosis or insufficient oxygen in the bloodstream. The animal may also be panting or show other signs of breathing distress.
What does it mean when a dog’s gums are GREY?
If the gums are purple or gray and there is a slow capillary refill, the dog is probably in shock. If they are bright red, she may be fighting a systemic infection or may have been exposed to a toxin. Some dogs have black-pigmented gums, which can make assessment difficult.
How can I heal my dogs gums?
Treatment will depend on how serious and advanced the gum disease is.
- Dog mouth wash. Dog mouthwash can be used to keep a dog’s oral health in good shape. …
- Anti-inflammatory pain relief. A vet may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to deal with any pain caused by gum infection. …
- Antibiotics. …
- Dental cleaning.