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Dogs gums are pale...

My dog just recently saw the vet because there was blood in his stool. Turns out, his anus was just tore up to hell because of severe indigestion problems. Vet gave him a clean bill of health.
This morning, his gums were nice and pink. Now they're pale-practically white.
He's doing perfectly fine though. Eating, drinking water, playing around happily, etc...
Is it just from blood loss? It's weird, because this happened the day before yesterday.. Should he go back to the vet? Or should I just keep an eye out for right now.
Anybody have this? Suggestions?

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Asked by K_Sawyer at 2:15 PM on Jul. 11, 2009 in Pets

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  • If he starts vomitting or panting excessively and his stomach gets hard, get him to the vet immediately because those are signs of bloat (along with pale gums.)

    Answer by Elijahsmommy9 at 2:18 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Ok, well - glad your dog is on the mend - I would keep an eye - Mostly the gums and lips ( mouth) color tells us about Oxygen levels...

    If he seems to be breathing well and free from pain, keep and eye -

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    Answer by nuvetmarie at 2:20 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • pale gums could me internal bleeding or hes not getting enough o2 i would call the vet to see what he would want u to do

    Answer by rainmommy at 4:01 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Depending on the age of the dog, if it's a puppy, that could be a sign of hypoglycemia. A new puppy we had did this, and we immediately headed for the Vet's office while giving him sugar water. He went into Cardiac Arrest on the way and we couldn't save him. The gums need to stay nice and pink.

    Answer by lighthousemom3 at 8:12 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • I would definately call the vet immediately. We just had to put our life long pet to sleep on Wednesday because of a severly low red blood cell count that required a transfusion, on top of him needing a surgery because he was growing tumors in his groin area. We had enough money for the surgery, but the transfusion caught us off guard and we just couldn't come up with that money. Needless to say, the low blood cell count caused him to become so pale, especially noticable in the gums tongue, and eyes. We miss him dearly and hated having to lose him this way. i would hate for you to go thru this loss also. Better safe, than sorry. GL.

    Answer by jdrae13 at 1:52 AM on Jul. 12, 2009

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