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Pale Gums

Pale Gums

When pets are healthy, their gums should be a light pink color but if they have white pale gums and tongue it could be a symptom of a major condition. However, if the gums are pale, it is usually a symptom of various types of health issues. Typically, pale gums in dogs and cats is indicative of a lack of oxygen or loss of blood. This can be caused by many different issues including low blood sugar, anemia, flea or tick infestation, intestinal parasites, parvovirus, injuries and autoimmune diseases.

How to Recognize

Pull up your pet's upper lip to expose the gums. Pale gums appear a pale pink or whitish color. Your pet's tongue may appear the same color as its gums.

Causes of Pale Gums

The most common cause of pale gums in pets in anemia. It can also be a sign that your pet has lost blood or is bleeding internally.


Your veterinarian will take a blood sample and perform a series of blood tests.

Treatment for Pale Gums

Your pet could need a blood transfusion.

Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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