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hello? my dogs gums are turning bright red/ pink

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hello? my dog's gums are turning bright red/ pink
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Z. replied 2 years ago.

Dr Z :

Hello and welcome to Just Answer. I am a licensed veterinarian and would be happy to answer your questions.

Dr Z :

How long has this been going on? Is she otherwise acting normal?

Customer:

Well the foot thing about 3 days-I actually thought it was just a nick on her paw, and she was in boarding this weekend while I was out of town. I picked her up this morning and she seemed fine. But then all day she keeps licking the paw and now her gums have swollen a bit and turned bright red/pink

Customer:

The gums changing color I just noticed about 10 minutes ago

Dr Z :

If you press on the gums, does the color return quickly? Any possibility of toxin exposure?

Customer:

The color doesn't even go away when I press...it just stays bright red/pink. And I don't think toxin? Because her sister has been with her and she doesn't have the same symptoms

Customer:

I'm going to send you a picture just a sec

Customer:

I'm just waiting for the picture to upload

Dr Z :

OK, is there any swelling of her face or neck?

Customer:

no I don't notice that-except that the gums are swollen and red-and only on one side

Dr Z :

Oh, so the redness of the gums is only on one side of her face?

Customer:

yes

Customer:

there's the paw

Customer:

there's the gums

Dr Z :

I'm sorry, but I am not receiving any of your pictures.

Customer:

can I email them to you?

Dr Z :

Unfortunately, we are blocked from direct email contact. You can email them to customer service with this link: link This method is not very speedy, but I will respond when I get it.

Customer:

I have an idea-I will load them to a webpage where and give you the link-cool?

Customer:

http://www.angelfire.com/jazz/hartline/photo.JPG

Customer:

that is the link to the gums

Customer:

can you view that link?

Customer:

http://www.angelfire.com/jazz/hartline/paw.JPG'

Customer:

oops

Customer:

http://www.angelfire.com/jazz/hartline/paw.JPG

Customer:

HELLO ARE YOU THERE CAN YOU SEE THOSE LINKS??

Dr Z :

I am trying to open it right now.

Dr Z :

That paw looks pretty inflammed. Bacterial or yeast infections are very commonly involved in causing skin inflammation like that. If she has been lickng it a lot tonight, it may be that the skin irritation is the primary problem and the gum inflammation is secondary to all of the licking.

Customer:

ok...

Dr Z :

If she seems otherwise stable, I would do your best to keep her from licking at the paw too much tonight.

Dr Z :

if you have a cone type collar, that would be great. If not.....

Customer:

the only other symptom seems to be that she is tired/ laying down sleeping a lot

Customer:

no cone collar..

Dr Z :

maybe try putting a light wrap on the foot. Try to see if everything goes back to "normal" if you can stop the licking.

Customer:

ok -so no need to go to the vet tonight?

Customer:

should we get antibiotics/ antibiotic cream?

Dr Z :

the fact that the redness of the gums is on one side only, makes me think the problem is not a systemic problem, but....

Dr Z :

if she is tired or lethargic, it is a little more worrisome.

Dr Z :

Having her evaluated by a vet tonight is always a better choice.

Customer:

what's weird is that her sister is whining a lot more-she never whines-and she also seems a little lethargic

Customer:

she has a red spot on this tip of her mouth

Dr Z :

You can try soaking the foot in a cool water bath, with epsom salts if you have them, and see if that helps. If not or if her abnormal behavior continues, it is best to have her checked tonight.

Customer:

based on what you have seen, could she be ok to wait through the night?

Customer:

based on what you have seen, do you think I could wait til morning for the vet or should I got tonight

Customer:

vet tonight? or wait til morning?

Dr Z :

Her sisters signs make me a little more concerned, if it were me, I would have an exam tonight.

Customer:

my posts are not going through or I can't see them

Dr Z :

I know, the sight is having a few problems still tonight I think. Did you get my last response?

Customer:

no

Customer:

didn't see the last 3 responses I think

Dr Z :

Her sisters signs make me a little more concerned, if it were me, I would have an exam tonight.


Customer:

ok

Customer:

alright...well I guess I'm headed to the hospital

Dr Z :

Good luck with her. It may be playing it a little more cautios than needed...

Dr Z :

but better to be safe than sorry.

Customer:

yea

Customer:

alright

Customer:

thank you

Dr Z :

You are welcome and please send me a progress report if you can.

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