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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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We noticed on our boxer/lab her gums are all black. She is

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We noticed on our boxer/lab her gums are all black. She is about 4 years old. I cant reallybsay if theyve been like this.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: I just had knee surgery and wont able to take her till Saturday
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: Her name is ***** ***** seems to be eating ok but she stares at tye closet which is unusual
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Customer: Blu is her name
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
If all of her gums are black, you're seeing genetically predetermined pigmentation. We become concerned about melanoma - a very dangerous oral cancer of heavily pigmented cells - when a focal black growth protrudes from the gums and is associated with significant inflammation. I suspect that Blu's mouth is normal. I don't know the significance of her staring at the closet, however. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin