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Pale, Blue, or Purple Gums
A pet emergency can happen at any time. Your dog may be involved in an accident, may be hit by a car or may have gotten attacked by another animal. These situations can involve serious injuries that require immediate veterinary help. Sometimes, pet owners are uncertain about whether the animal has been injured enough to take him to a veterinarian. The color of your dog’s gums can be an indicator of a serious condition that should be investigated immediately by your Braselton emergency vet.
If your dog has been hurt or seems unwell, you should take a look at his or her gums, which can indicate a number of veterinary issues. You should use caution when attempting to your pet’s gums because some animals dislike having their mouths handled. However, if you are sure that your pet will tolerate it; this measure can be helpful in determining the animal’s condition. Carefully lift the animal’s lips to look at the area above the large canine teeth. A dog’s gum will normally be pink or a salmon color. They may have black areas that are simply an extension of the animal’s skin coloring. However, if your dog’s gums appear pale, blue or purple, he or she may have a serious veterinary problem.
Pale gums can mean the dog is suffering from anemia, which may be caused by intestinal parasites, immune system problems or liver disorders. Pale, white gums can also be a sign that your dog may have ingested a poisonous substance and should be seen immediately by a vet.
If your dog’s gums appear blue or purple, this coloration is a sign of cyanosis or insufficient oxygen in the bloodstream. The animal may also be panting or show other signs of breathing distress. Poor oxygen delivery can be a sign of congenital heart disease, ingestion of a chemical or a problem in lung function. Blue or purple coloration of the gums should always prompt an immediate visit to the veterinarian to treat the problem and determine that underlying cause.
An emergency veterinarian has the knowledge and training to provide care for pets that have broken bones, have been in fights with other animals, sustained deep wounds, have breathing problems, are having seizures, have ingested a poison, have swallowed an object or are in gastrointestinal distress. We have a range of diagnostic equipment on-site and have specialized skills to provide immediate care for your pet.
Animal Emergency Care of Braselton in Braselton, GA is committed to providing the highest quality veterinary emergency care for your pet. We use diagnostic equipment, laboratory services, radiological equipment, surgery, electrocardiography, oxygen therapy and pharmaceuticals to care for animals in emergency situations. We can provide treatment for all kinds of pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, reptiles, pocket pets and small farm animals. Contact Animal Emergency Care of Braselton at 470-209-7222 for an appointment to learn more about how we can help when your pet has an emergency.