Dog Gum Colors and Their Meanings

A dog's gum color can be an important sign of underlying diseases. Regular assessment of your dog's gums can help you notice changes early.


Normal dog gums should be a powder-pink color, similar to cooked shrimp. Some breeds have pigmented or spotted gums, which is also normal.

Healthy Gum Color

To examine your dog's gums, lift their lip and note the color. The gums should be moist and should turn from white back to pink in less than 2 seconds when pressed.


Pale pink to white gums can indicate anemia, shock, poor circulation, or heart disease. These conditions require immediate veterinary attention.

Pale Pink to White Gums

Inflamed or slightly red gums can be due to gingivitis, oral infections, or teething in puppies. Viruses and kidney disease can also cause oral ulceration.

Red Gums

Cherry red gums can signal toxin ingestion, heatstroke, or severe hypertension. Yellow gums can indicate immune-mediated anemia or liver issues.

Cherry Red

Gray, blue, or purple-tinged gums often signal poor circulation or decreased oxygenation.

Gray, Blue, or Purple Gums

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