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Red Gums in Dogs

Red gums in dogs may often be a very alarming situation for many individuals. However, when a dog is experiencing red gums, this may often lead to a cause of gum disease, or some sort of mouth infection. However, there are some situations where red gums may be a sign of allergies. Red gums in dogs may often cause many questions regarding how to treat red gums, what causes red gums and many more. Read below where Experts have answered many commonly asked questions regarding red gums in dogs.

Is gum disease a result from red gums, bad breath and losing weight?

Often, red gums in dogs in an indication that the dog may have a form of dental disease known as periodontal disease, but this may not be the exact cause for the weight loss. However, weight loss is more commonly diagnosed as a metabolic problem such as kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes or other problems such as cancer and heart problems. When a dog has a dental disease, such as gingivitis, periodontal disease, or missing teeth, a dog may still be able to eat normal and gain proper weight. However, in some cases, a dog may need to have a blood and urine test done in order to help determine the weight loss, as well as seen by a vet to have proper treatment started for a mouth disease.

What could cause a dog's teeth to bleed, red gums and bad breath?

In some situations, when a dog is experiencing teeth bleeding, red gums and bad breath, this may be a case where a dog has periodontal disease. Periodontal disease often causes the bad breath and red swollen gums. However, individuals may not be able to see the exact cause of the bleeding teeth and red gums because under the gums are agents that often cause the bad breath, and may even cause a dog to lose its teeth. A loose tooth may often begin to bleed when the tooth has been hit on something. In some situations, an antibiotic may be able to be used. Also, the dog may need to be seen by a vet to have some sort of health assessment performed, teeth brushing, rinses, and other treatments started in order to help stop the bleeding and reduce the red gums.

What can be done for a dog until a vet visit for red gums?

When a dog has red gums and the dog is unable to see a vet at this time, an individual may be able to give the dog a dose of 5 milligrams per pound of Aspirin with food. Inflammation of the gums may often be diagnosed as periodontal disease, an abscess tooth or an infection.

What could be the cause of a dog having red gums, pink outer lips, and developing bumps on the lower chin area?

Often, some dogs may experience warts in their mouth that has been caused by some sort of virus; these warts may appear to be white and bumpy. The warts may often stay on the dog’s mouth, in the case the warts are not red this may not be problematic. Often, this may be caused by some sort of infection or even allergies. There could be a possibility that the symptoms that are being experienced are from an autoimmune reaction where the dog’s body is attacking the skin cells. An infection or in some cases allergies are very common. An individual may treat the dog for allergies first since this is something the individual can do while at home with a treatment of Benadryl every 12 hours. The dosage for this medication would be 1 milligram for every pound the dog weighs. Also, the individual can even apply hydrocortisone cream on the area twice a day.

What is the cause of a dog have dark red gums, drinks a lot of water, no appetite and will vomit after drinking as well as what could be a possible treatment?

When a dog begins to vomit, there may be many different reasons for this. Some of the reasons that may cause a dog to vomit is; gastroenteritis, dietary indiscretion, some sort of body obstruction, pancreatitis, or endocrine abnormality. As for the treatments, the individual may need to withhold the food and water until the dog is able to go 6-8 hours without having an episode of vomiting. Also, the individual may give the dog an over the counter medication such as Pepcid A/C 0.25 milligrams for every pound the dog weighs every 12-25 hours, along with fasting and changing the dogs food to boiled chicken and rice. This may often help settle the dog’s stomach and relieve the dog of vomiting. However, by following these instructions, in some cases, the dog may feel a sense of relief within 2-3 days. In the case, these instructions do not help, the dog may need to be seen by a vet to have blood work and x-rays performed to find the exact cause.

Many times individuals may watch a dog's gums in order to determine the health of the dog. When someone has noticed a dog is experiencing red gums, questions regarding allergies, mouth and gum diseases as well as trauma may come to mind. Often when red gums are present in dogs, a dog may need to be seen by a vet for further tests and proper treatment. For more information regarding red gums in dogs, individuals may contact an Expert.

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