Why Does My Pet Have Pale Gums?

Pale gums in your pet may be a sign of anemia

Pale gums in a pet can certainly be a serious clinical finding. The most common cause of pale gums in a pet is the presence of anemia. Anemia occurs when there is a lower than normal red blood cell count in the circulation. Anemia can have many causes from blood loss (secondary to external or internal parasites, cancer, etc.) to a condition where a pet’s immune system reacts against its own blood cells. Many tick born infections also may cause anemia, in addition to numerous other chronic diseases.

Pale gums  may also be seen secondary to circulatory problems, as well as allergic reactions. Because of the potential severity of many of these conditions, it is important for animal guardians to see a veterinarian as soon as possible for a complete medical workup in any pet with persistent pale gums.

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