What Would Cause A Dog's Gums , Tongue, Paws, Ears To Turn Pale White?

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I just had an issue with my puppy this morning and I took him to the vet. What happened was he was sitting up with us at a picnic table at the park looking at me. Suddenly he started yelping and crying and crawled up on the table and rolled onto his side in a way I hadn't seen before. It only lasted a few seconds but I thought he had a seizure or something, but there were no convulsions, but I looked at his mouth and saw that his tongue and gums were sheer white. 0 pigmentation. I started to freak out because I had seen very young puppies like this and it mean there was no circulation and they were going to die. (I nearly had a heart attack at this point.) But, he was alert, his paws and belly were warm, and he seemed ok, just pale in the mouth. So I took him in and they told me it was merely a tummy ache or gas, because they are so tiny they're less tolerant to pain. I looked it up just now, about tummy aches, and it said it can cause a lack of circulation to certain extremities of the body. I took the vet's word for it and he said my puppy was healthy and to bring in a sample of stool to check for worms. (He has no history of worms, though.) So, I don't know if that helps, but that's just what I learned this morning. I hope that's all there is to it.
Elaine Vellianitis Profile
When a dog's gums are white, it's a very bad sign that something is wrong. Your dog could be Anemic, In Shock, or Bleeding Internally! You need to drop everything you are doing, find an Emergency Vet, if your vets office is closed and bring your dog in NOW! You need to find out exactly what's going on and start immediate treatment. If you don't and your dogs condition is serious, you can lose him, so if I was you, turn off your computer and take your dog in TODAY! This is NOT something that can wait!
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This can be a sign of a serious infection, like tick bite fever, dogs can go downhill very quickly from a stomach bug too, and become anaemic, You need to get him to a vet asap, because it sounds serious. There should be an emergency animal clinic in your town, if you do not have a vet that you normally use.
Try to get some water into the dog so he doesnt dehydrate, you don't mention if he is eating or not, I imagine not.
Dogs can become desperately ill within hours so don't try to work it out, get him to a vet, the worse that can happen is that you overreacted, but that is better than losing your dog.
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Anemia. A bad infestation of fleas/ticks. Or internal bleeding.
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
If I remember correctly about this, your pup might have a liver or kidney problem. Please get the pup to the vet as soon as you can. Hope this helps, good luck to you.
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You should take your dog to the vet its usually a sign they are sick.
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Pale gums can mean several things and is not a good sign.  Pale gums can be due to circulatory collapse secondary to shock.  It can also be from lack of oxygen--this can be related to the respiratory system or can be from anemia (decrease in red blood cells--the cells that carry oxygen to the tissue).  Your dog needs to be examined immediately to determine the cause and start appropriate treatment.
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Pale gums and tongue is a sign of severe dehydration OR anemia. Your puppy may have worms. Get them to the vet ASAP. This is not teething.
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We already took our dog to the vet this afternoon, but the vet said that his tongue was pale its because that the ticks were sucking like all of his blood that's why his tongue was pale.the vet injected him vitamins and things that can help him get rid of those ticks and now he's just lying down and doesn't eat and do nothing.the vet also said that we will give him Chamito so that he will get iron and don't be dehydrated.what should we do next ? Please reply asap.I don't want my dog to die.
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What can be done for a dog who has anemia? My 13 y/o basset has pale gums. She had been on Carprofen for about six days for what we thought was severe arthritic pain causing her not to use her back legs. Then after being on this medicine, she started to vomit and have diarrhea. She's been off the medicine now for about a week, but has pale gums, lethargic, not herself and won't eat. We've had her in the vet, had blood work, abdomen x-rays. Her calcium was 12.2, she was anemic, and her liver enzymes were off a little. Could this be due to a reaction to Carprofen?

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These symptoms are very severe and will kill your dog ,or faster, puppies.there are many reasons, but probably the most common is tic and flea infestation.seeing a vet will be a good solution.
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Cyndi answered
Your puppy maybe dehydrating. Give him fresh water every 30 mi.
If he is very sick and has White Gums,Tongue, white color skin and eyes,diarrhea,Losing weight,He may have anemia along with a severe case of worms. Please get him to the Vet ASAP.
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The most easily observed and common clinical sign of anemia is a loss of the normal pink color of the gums; they may appear pale pink to white when examined. Anemic dogs also have little stamina or energy, so they seem listless or tire more easily. ... Pale gums and lethargy indicate the need to perform blood tests.

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It could be plaque or it could be something he ate, teething if it doesnt go away then tak him to a vet
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Well when a dog's ears, paws, gums, and tongue turns pale.. It means that its very sick.. Maybe it ate something poisonous or something I don't know but I no a lot about dogs so ask me any ?'s
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My dog has been laying down and turning pale white all over her face and she seems to be out of it . Shes had two episodes so far the doctors still dont know . What do u think
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You can brush his teeth! Get a tooth brush and just like a person scrub them it is not uncommon and if you can keep him from eating the tooth brush will find his breath is also a lot more pleasant!
leah.xxxxxxx hanrahan Profile
well your puppy could have rare gum dasise when there mouth is pale and white that means the dogs gums need to get a bit dark. Rate pls...

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