The red gums of dogs usually indicate a dental issue. A dog that is in excellent oral health is one with pink gums and clean white teeth and no indications of tartar accumulation. Teeth should not be loose.
If the gums of a dog begin to appear in a red color, this could be the beginning of gingivitis or periodontal disease. The red gums of dogs could also be caused by an injury or ingesting toxic substances or even overheating. In rare instances, the cause could be oral cancer.
The gums with reddened gums can be painful and tender and your dog could be hesitant to eat. If your dog is suffering from gums that are red, they must have them examined by a vet. Here’s some information that can help you understand gums that are red in dogs.
Other Symptoms to Look Out For If Your Dog has red Gums
Lethargy, shivering or head tilting are more severe signs that could indicate the presence of an emergency. Consult your veterinarian if your dog exhibits or exhibits any of them.
- Be on the lookout for any of these symptoms that may be a result of gums that have become reddened, based on the root cause
- The buildup of tartar and bad breath symptoms of gingivitis or the periodontal condition
- Gums bleeding: evidence of gingivitis or trauma (such as when you bite the edge of a sharp object) or consuming something toxic
- Panting is a sign that you’re overheated.
A textured texture that is not smooth: an indication of cancerous warts or warts
The causes of Red Gums in Dogs
Potential conditions that could cause red gums in dogs are:
- Gingivitis as well as periodontal disease A gentle form of gum disease, bacteria accumulate on the bottom of the teeth, causing plaque and tartar. The gums are irritated, however, no damage has been done to the tooth bone or the ligaments that keep the teeth together. As gingivitis gets worse the gums get damaged.
- Teeth that crowd: If a young dog has too many teeth to the dimensions of their mouth its gums can be impacted and turn appear red.
- advanced ageWith certain breeds, the gums can change color or even to swell as they age.
- Trauma or injury: Gums can swell and turn red when they are damaged through a bite or when pierced by a sharp, hard object. It can be caused by improper chewing habits.
- Toxicity The dog’s mouth might turn red because they eat something toxic like eating poisonous plants or licking a toxic toad.
- Heatstroke and overheating A dog’s gums could be red if the pet is experiencing excessive heat or heatstroke. In this instance, the dog could also be shivering heavily.
- Disease Cancer, diabetes mellitus or uremia (seen in kidney injuries or obstruction of the urinary tract) can cause dog’s gums to increase in size and become red. you’ll often notice additional symptoms in each.
- Papillomatosis (warts over gums): This usually happens in puppies and larger breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers. The warts are often removed by themselves.
Diagnostics of Red Gums in Dogs
To find out the reason your dog’s gums changed color, your vet will inspect the gums and teeth of your dog and perform a full physical examination. They could also run the tests below:
- Dental x-rays show the gums and teeth, which will determine if the problem is gingivitis, periodontal diseases or trauma. The test can be conducted under anesthesia.
- Tests for urine and blood to identify an underlying medical issue
- A biopsy of the tissue is required when certain conditions like papillomavirus or other are suspected
- CT (CT) scan or magnetic imaging (MRI) tests to look into deeper causes such as cancer
Treatment for Red Gums in dogs
Treatment for gums that are red in a dog is contingent on the root cause of the problem that has been identified by your vet.
Your veterinarian will tackle dental problems such as gingivitis by deep cleaning your dog’s teeth in order to eliminate tartar and plaque. It’s crucial to keep up with the best dental hygiene of your dog throughout the year.
If you have more serious dental concerns or dental problems, dental surgery, or periodontal surgery might be recommended. The removal of a tooth could be performed to fix the overcrowded mouth.
The red gums caused by oral lesions (like warts) can fade on their own but oral tumors could require surgical removal.
If red gums occur due to a medical condition such as diabetes, treatment is focused on the specific issue.
Red Gums in Dogs FAQs
What color are gum that is a bit swollen?
Blue, pale/white or yellow.
- The red gums could be a sign of damage to the gums, gum disease or a variety of other issues.
- The appearance of white gums may indicate anemia.
- Gums that appear bluish could be caused by a lack of oxygen.
- Gums that appear yellow could be caused by the liver or bacterial infection.
Healthy gums should have pink.
What is the best way to take care of red gums on my dog?
This condition should not be treated at the home. There could be a myriad of reasons that cause dog gums that are red only a vet will determine the reason. The vet will recommend the best treatment for your pet. If dental issues are the reason for treatment for dental issues, then dental hygiene can be suggested.