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Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  More than 30 years of companion animal practice.
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My 9 year old Cavalier's gums have turned black JA: I'm

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my 9 year old Cavalier's gums have turned black
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Gracie
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Gracie?
Customer: heart murmur
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 5 months ago.
Hello, I am sorry to hear you are worried about Gracie. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help. Is Gracie sick at all, or is she eating and drinking normally and normally active? What color is her coat? Can you post a picture of her gums? Not all gums are pink; if a dog has a dark coat color, there can be normal dark pigment on the gums and this can change through a dog's life. So this might be perfectly normal. I would need to see it to be sure. Has she had her heart murmur checked out? We worry about heart disease in this breed, and the sooner she is treated the better. I would do at least a chest Xray, or better yet an echocardiogram if I had a Cavalier with a heart murmur. Let me know if this is helpful, and what other of your questions I can answer.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 5 months ago.
I hope you were able to see what I wrote. Let me know if this is helpful and if I can answer anything else.