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Old July 27th, 2013, 05:05 PM
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Pale Gums

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I am hoping someone can help me. I did just come from the vet and have actually been there several times in the past two weeks.

My dog keeps getting very pale almost white gums. He also gets freezing nose, tongue and paws. Then in an hour or so generally he goes back to his normal pink color. His body temp goes back to normal. I have looked up his symptoms and it almost seems like shock. Except, his body temp is normal. He is eating and drinking normally. He urinates and poops normally. No vomiting. He is sleeping a bit more than usual but he is still active and alert. Though sometimes he does wake up growling, when he does his gums are usually white.

I have taken him to two different vets when his gums have been pale. The problem is by the time I get him to the vet his gums are always back to normal so I am not sure they are taking it seriously. I even took pictures the last time but the vet barely glanced at them. They did run blood work which they said was completely normal. They said he seems fine and send me home. Am I over reacting. Does anyone have any idea what could be going on?

He is 13lbs and 2 years of age. He is up to date on all of his immunizations. He did get neutered by laser 3 weeks ago but the vet said the wound looks great and she does not think it is the source of the problem.
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Old July 27th, 2013, 06:27 PM
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http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health...pale-gums.html



This web site said being anemia could cause a dog to get pale gums . What are you feeding your dog?
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Old July 27th, 2013, 06:32 PM
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Have you taken his temp at home when he's having an episode, Angelyc? Pale gums often indicate anemia. It almost sounds like his circulation is being impaired temporarily. Very scary.

I'm just paranoid enough that if it were my dog, I'd ask for a referal to a Veterinary Teaching Hospital to have him checked out by a specialist. It's pricey, but the few times we've had to drive over to the Cities to the VTH we got the answers we needed...

Hope you get some of those answers soon!
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Old July 27th, 2013, 07:05 PM
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Have you taken his temp at home when he's having an episode, Angelyc? Pale gums often indicate anemia. It almost sounds like his circulation is being impaired temporarily. Very scary.

I'm just paranoid enough that if it were my dog, I'd ask for a referal to a Veterinary Teaching Hospital to have him checked out by a specialist. It's pricey, but the few times we've had to drive over to the Cities to the VTH we got the answers we needed...

Hope you get some of those answers soon!
Do you know what kind of dog the OP has ?
http://www.animalurgentcare.com/cont...?n=information


this link when you need to bring a pet to the vet right away.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 02:18 AM
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The vet said the blood tests ruled out anemia. I have not tried taking his temp yet I will during his next episode. He is a jack Russell terrier.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 09:40 AM
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I took his temp when his gums were pale and it was 99.8
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Old July 31st, 2013, 12:00 PM
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Sorry guys meant to post yesterday. After multiple tests they did confirm he has heart failure. They said the gums going from pale to pink was caused by a heart murmur. They are not sure what caused it he could have been born with it or it could have been caused during his neuter if he was not monitored correctly while on anesthesia. They also said he had fluid build up In His lungs possibly caused by the heart problems which they removed. They gave him meds for his heart and said he should be okay for now at least. Sad that it his heart but glad we get more time with him
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I am glad that he is home with you - hope the meds keep him stable for a long time!
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Old August 4th, 2013, 11:02 AM
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I hope he responds well to the meds, Angelyc. Glad he's home!
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