Pale gums

Internal Bleeding in a Dog: Lucy’s Sudden Weakness

Internal Bleeding in a Dog: Lucy’s Sudden Weakness

Blood loss for any reason is bad news. With external bleeding, at least you see it. When your dog is bleeding internally, how can you tell? Think about what blood does–it caries nutrients and oxygen to all tissues in the body. Symptoms of blood loss, then, reflect the lack of oxygen and include: pale mucus membranes (e.g. gums) panting lethargy…

Continue reading …

Are Pale Gums an Emergency?

Are Pale Gums an Emergency?

Let’s cut to the chase. If you’re reading this because your dog’s gums are pale, yes, it is an emergency. Now, yes, different breeds have differently colored gums. My dogs’ gums are very dark, mostly black. Other breeds have gums that are straight pink. Become familiar with what your dog’s normal gum color is. Pale gums are gums that are…

Continue reading …

Pale Gums Are An Emergency: Bailey’s Story

Pale Gums Are An Emergency: Bailey’s Story

Pale, gray or white mucous membranes can be a sign of anemia, shock, blood loss or, severe dehydration, and more. In other words, if your dog’s gums are pale, they are in big trouble and could die. Pale gums are always an emergency and your dog needs medical help immediately. Thank you, Dr. Krista, for sharing Bailey’s story. Bailey’s story…

Continue reading …