Why does my dog have black gums?

asked 2017-04-10 16:39:05 -0600

I noticed that my dog has black-ish gums. Is this a sign of gum disease? How will this affect him and what should I do to prevent it from getting worse??

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answered 2017-04-10 17:38:11 -0600

Nope, not a sign of gum disease at all. It has to do with your dog's skin and coat color. For example, a black dog has dark colored skin and dark gums almost always. It happens pretty often, even in lighter colored dogs and it might tell you that the dog had black dog ancestry. And a black dog can have pink gums. My black and white dog has a black and pink spotted mouth. Now, if your dog has inflamed, reddish colored gums, foul, sickly breath and dirty looking teeth, those are all signs of dental issues.

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