Healthy gums should be bubblegum pink in color with a moist, slick surface texture.
Check that gums fit snugly around teeth without swollen, puffy areas.
Little bumps called stippling give healthy gums a gently textured appearance.
Red, inflamed gums point to gingivitis and prompt a vet visit.
Ulcers, growths or discoloration on gums warrants veterinary investigation.
Gums should grip teeth tightly without detached, pulled back areas.
Gum color should return within 2 seconds after being pressed, indicating good circulation.