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My dogs gums are turning black around the teeth Is there a problem

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I just notice that my dogs gums are really black and they are not normally that way?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 years ago.
Many dogs have a tendency to develop teeth and gum problems which lead to tooth loss, because they are often fed canned food as an alternative to larger kibble. Although tooth loss in itself is vexing, oral disease can lead to even more serious heart disease, compromised immune systems and other complications.
Does your dog have bad breath?
How old is he?
Large or small breed?
Some breeds have a black color to there gums (this is normal)
Does his teeth look white or are they covered with tartar?
If you dog is showing sign of illness. (cocking his head/shaking or not wanting to eat) Have your vet check him out
Hope this site can give you seome tips as well
http://www.petcaretips.net/mar08-04-dental-dog.html
Let me know if you have more questions
Thank you
Lisa
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 years ago.
Many dogs have a tendency to develop teeth and gum problems which lead to tooth loss, because they are often fed canned food as an alternative to larger kibble. Although tooth loss in itself is vexing, oral disease can lead to even more serious heart disease, compromised immune systems and other complications.
Does your dog have bad breath?
How old is he?
Large or small breed?
Some breeds have a black color to there gums (this is normal)
Does his teeth look white or are they covered with tartar?
If you dog is showing sign of illness. (cocking his head/shaking or not wanting to eat) Have your vet check him out
Hope this site can give you some tips as well
http://www.petcaretips.net/mar08-04-dental-dog.html
Let me know if you have more questions
Thank you
Lisa