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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Her gums are turning black JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What

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Her gums are turning black
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Sadie and she is 7
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sadie?
Customer: No
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

There are two major considerations for Sadie with very different prognoses. The first is a condition called lentigo which is an asymptomatic condition composed of hyperpigmented flat macules or patches. Think of this as a type of freckle. The second is the very dangerous melanoma which will caused raised and irregular hyperpigmented inflammation in the mouth. It would be expected to be focal (in one place) rather than spread throughout Sadie's mouth as with lentigo. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.