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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 45 years of experience
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He gums have turned black
, Duffy and almost 8 a

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He gums have turned black
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Duffy and almost 8 a Scottie
JA: How old is Duffy?
Customer: He has gone to the dog park 3 days in a row and he is about 10 pounds over weight. And he doesn't seem himself. He is 8
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Duffy?
Customer: just told you
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

A black Scottie might develop black gums naturally but if his gums weren't black previously and are now actually turning bluish/greyish rather than black this indicates cyanosis/hypoxia - a lack of oxygen to his tissues usually due to advanced heart disease. Please clarify the color change for me and how long it's taken to change to that color.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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