Checking Your Dog's Gums?

Healthy gums should be bubblegum pink in color with a moist, slick surface texture.

Pink and Moist  

Check that gums fit snugly around teeth without swollen, puffy areas.

Free of Swelling

Little bumps called stippling give healthy gums a gently textured appearance.

Nice Stippling  

Red, inflamed gums point to gingivitis and prompt a vet visit.

No Redness  

 Ulcers, growths or discoloration on gums warrants veterinary investigation.

 Free of Lesions

Gums should grip teeth tightly without detached, pulled back areas.

Firm Grip on Teeth

Gum color should return within 2 seconds after being pressed, indicating good circulation.

Quick Refill Time  

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