Pale gums can be a sign of many different health problems, from simpler issues like stress or pain to more complex issues like trauma or cancer. Unless a dog is outwardly bleeding, it may be difficult to determine the cause, and diagnosis by a veterinarian is almost always needed. Some causes (such as certain infections or trauma) may be treatable, whilst others may require life-long management.
Mild to Moderate
Table of Content
- Pale gums can have many causes and require diagnosis by a vet.
- Diagnosis may include examination by a veterinarian, blood tests, and sometimes imaging or advanced tests
- Some causes of pale gums may be curable, but some require life-long management.
- Some causes of pale gums can be prevented
- Certain causes of pale gums can be passed to other pets or humans
Symptoms and types:
Understanding the diagnostics
Learning about the causes
2. Poor Perfusion
Best treatment options
Home remedies and their effectiveness
There are no effective home remedies for pale gums, as the cause of the paleness needs to be diagnosed by a vet. In particular, iron supplements are not useful for pale gums, as iron deficiency is very rare as a cause of anaemia in dogs (unlike in people).
When to see a vet
Ruth graduated from Cambridge in 2014 and has worked as a small animal GP vet ever since. She is particularly interested in internal medicine, as it combines her love of problem-solving and her somewhat geeky love of knowledge, and has completed her certificate in Small Animal Medicine. She loves animals of all species but is particularly fond of cats.