My Dog Has Pale Gums, Is He Sick?

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Joe Gilbert Profile
Joe Gilbert answered
Pale gums can sometimes mean that your dog doesn’t have enough red blood cells, aka anemia. Anemia is serious because red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. When there aren't enough red blood cells, oxygen levels can drop to dangerous levels, and your pet gets tired and weak.

The light-colored gums can be caused by a serious condition called autoimmune hemolytic anemia.  This is when the immune system mistakenly destroys red blood cells. This type can be hereditary in certain breeds and can also be found in cats but far less frequently. 

Parasites are one of the more common causes of anemia in pets. Fleas, hookworms, or other blood-sucking parasites can drain you of blood meaning there isn’t enough to go around.  This could also be a sign of internal bleeding, resulting from ulcers or even cancer. 

While often times, anemia is a side effect of medications such as estrogen, antibiotics, and pain medications.  They may interfere with the blood marrows production of red blood cells. Dogs that are taking aspirin for pain can develop internal bleeding and ulcers.

Dermatologists place a high value on paleness because the less sun you get, the lower your risk for skin cancer. Veterinarians, however, have always preferred the color pink -- at least when they are looking at your pet's gums. When the gums change from bubble-gum pink to pale, oxygen is probably in short supply, and there is an internal problem that needs to be taken care of.

Pale gums don't always mean that your pet has anemia. At times, like after an accident, blood pressure can fall to dangerously low levels because the heart is so busy pumping blood to vital organs that it doesn’t make it to the places like your gums, toes, or the tips of your ears. The drop in blood pressure and the resulting pale gums could mean that a pet is going into shock and needs emergency care.

If conditions worsen or are paired with other symptoms, get your dog to a vet to have them checked out.  It’s always better safe than sorry.
Elaine Vellianitis Profile
White gums are symptoms of Shock, Internal Bleeding and Anemia. Panting is a symptom that your dog is in some kind of pain. Not being able to walk can be from many different things. You need to get your dog to a vet NOW! Emergency Vets are open 24/7! Please don't let this go! Something serious is going on and the sooner you find out what it is and hopefully are able to get it treated, then the better off your dog will be. If I was you, I would consider this an Emergency!
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Anonymous answered
Pale gums in dogs can be due to a serious condition called anemia. In anemia, there is either deficiency of oxygen or deficiency of red blood cells. Anemia in dogs can be due to
  1. Internal parasites
  2. External parasites
  3. Blood loss
  4. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
  5. Shock
  6. Medicinal side effects
Whatever may be the cause of anemia, it can not be diagnosed at home. Visiting a vet is only best possible option for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Pale Gums are signs of lack of oxygen in his system. Check his activity level, stool and food consumption. I have 3 dogs, 2 mini schnauzers and a lab, if things aren't well. I take them to the vet, if something is wrong, but if I notice they're getting better, I wait up to 2 days. If it doesn't get better, I take them to the vet!
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Anonymous answered
White and pale gums in dogs can be due to anemia that is caused by deficiency of red blood cells or oxygen. Various conditions can cause anemia like intestinal parasites, blood loss due to injuries, side effects of medicines and shock. Conditions of shock can be due to
  1. Blood infections
  2. Trauma
  3. Low blood sugar levels
  4. Heart failure
  5. Blood loss
Another condition called hemangiosarcoma can also cause white gums in dogs. So, white gums indicate something wrong in the dogs. Exact diagnosis is necessary for accurate cure. So, take your dog to vet.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
9 times out of ten if the gums are white they need to be wormed I use to breed and thats always a sure sign of worms
that gurl james Profile
that gurl james answered
A dog having white gums can mean a lot of bad things like anemia, dehydration, bleeding somewhere internally. And a whole lot of other things that or horribly wrong. And the vomiting mostly doesnt mean anything serious but if it happens contently than it could have a lot of bad things like stomach problems, or it could have eating something bad or drank bad chemicals. Whatever it might be you should take it to the vet before anything else bad happens. Both of those combined are not a good thing. Take him/her to the vet and get a professional opinion.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
White or extreme pale gums in dogs can be due to either
oxygen deficiency or deficiency of red blood cells which carry oxygen. This condition is called anemia. Anemia can be due to blood loss, l parasites and  autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Canine anemia can also be due to side effects of some medicines and shock.Shock can be due to blood loss, heart failure, low blood sugar levels, trauma and blood infections. Hemangiosarcoma in dogs can also cause white gums.

So, You should not take easy this condition of white gums in your dog. This can be due to some serious problem. You should take your dog to vet immediately.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I found this answer when I was researching for my pup and his white gums . As I have just came from the vet and found my computer left open I should update you on what it means ...
I have a year and a half old male boston terrier . He is a lively guy and he wasn't feeling so well  for the last 2 days . The last time he had white gums it was accompanied with vomiting so we rushed him in . This time since it was a non-emergency case I went online to do a bit research about it , it turns out that I was wrong white gums are always and always an emergency .

My vet said that , white gums means one thing and that is lack of oxygen and going under shock ,anemia ... White gums actually initiate a bunch of problems that  needs to be checked . So far my pup has gone through a complete blood works and it seems like all his organs are functioning fine . They listened his heart ( lack of oxygen tends to lead heart attacks) and his heart beat was fine as well . His bowel is doing fine . And no red urine either .
My dog was not drinking any water so they have given him fluids to make sure he doesn't get de-hydrated (which is so easy for dogs .. And could be fatal )
blood work also showed that he is not anemic and white gums also could mean that which means a completely different diet and medication would be needed.

He is fine and a sleep now . Please do take your dog into his vet immediately if he/she has white gums . I am aware that vets are expensive but if he /she has white gums and you don't take this seriously you may very well lose your pet .
I have listed everything that they have done for my pup so you would have an idea what needs to be checked . So you will have an idea .

Good day . Oh and sorry for the lack of capital letters .
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
Get him to the vet, this is something that I have never heard of before. I don't even know where to begin. Just please get him to the vet as soon as you can, it could be a sign of poisoning come to think of it. Hope this helps, good luck to you and the pup.
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Anonymous answered
My 2 year old german shepherds gums are pale I noticed it yesterday. Also when she is awake sound like she is snoring not all the time but it can noticeable, thought maybe she has a cold her newest problem we were all eating dinner and she looked like she was going to lose her balance. Only lasted for about 1 min and now she seems fine. She is eating and drinking and wants to play but I am still so worried not sure if I am overreacting but I don't like the pale gums and not the lose of balance
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My dog is 14 years old and over weight and her tummy seems swollen,she appears to have arthritis and her gums are pale...
tracy deines Profile
tracy deines answered
It sounds like your dog is anemic, could possibly be bleeding internally, get her to the vet immediately. Best wishes.
Jewelly A. Shetka Profile
Take her to her vet!
'Falling over' is not normal, no matter
how she looks now.  Moreover, white gums
can lead to dead dog.   Pale gums usually
means there's not enough oxygen/blood
to satisfy the body's needs.  If this goes on
too much longer and nothing is done, I doubt if
it will be long before your dog's organs start
shutting down.  When that starts...
Deathlady Profile
Deathlady answered
Take your Pet to The Vet it's Dehyd.  your dog is going to need and I'VE


Hope He/She is ok
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My puppy is 5 weeks old she is the runt she has a white tongue and gums. The other puppies is eating good she will only drink a little water. I give her a little high calorie dietary supplement for dogs she acts like she is getting weaker
aldo Profile
aldo answered
My 2 and 1/2 month boston terrier has pale gums but he is eating good and playing normal. The vet checked for worms but is was negative...

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