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    Change in gum and lip colors/allergies

    Bello has also been going through the allergy thingy. He has been also getting yeast infections and his ears get infected and get very black which is yeast. He also gets dry skin and yeast under his armpits. This has happened 3 times since the end of December.

    My new question is this: His gums have been a very odd color and i think have been for as long as i remember. They are darker pink with black spots all over with a sort of purplelish overtone.

    He is always scratching his gums with his dew claws like hard and quickly. Now i noticed today his gums are brighter pink almost normal looking to me except just around the top of his top front teeth are still black although i am not sure if pink or lighter red is normal but it is similar to a humans color but his lips and mouth skin is a different color also now like a dark red. I just noticed this a few hours ago. He was licking and smacking his mouth this morning as if he was dry but he is acting very normal in all aspects so i am not sure what is going on.

    I too stopped every food he was on especially anything with dyes in it. I even switched his main food little by little and he is now on a totally different food. I also give him cranberry pills everyday and he get his ears cleaned every 3 or 4 days and a medicated bath 1 time per week yet he still scratches and itches and scratches his gumms regularly?

    Any comments???

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    Re: Change in gum and lip colors/allergies

    I don't know about the medicated bath. MY vet recommend to bath our dogs no more than twice per month. Excessive bathing can cause dry skin.

    I would ask your vet about the smakcing, licking, and change in gumm color. My dog gets very bad allergies, his symptoms are puffy eyes and itchy skin. He can sctracth to the point where he cuts himself and begins to bleed. Right now he is on 75mg of benedryl to help contorl the itching.

    Sorry, I don't think that was much help.

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    Re: Change in gum and lip colors/allergies

    The redness and irritation in the mouth can be extra inflammation brought on by the allergies or could be an infection of the gums or even a fever. Better red than pale though...
    Have you thought about doing allergy testing? It doesn't hurt to have an idea what he is allergic to if the food changes are not making a difference yet. Poor Belo.
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    Re: Change in gum and lip colors/allergies

    Quote Originally Posted by FX4Nick View Post
    I don't know about the medicated bath. MY vet recommend to bath our dogs no more than twice per month. Excessive bathing can cause dry skin.

    I would ask your vet about the smakcing, licking, and change in gumm color. My dog gets very bad allergies, his symptoms are puffy eyes and itchy skin. He can sctracth to the point where he cuts himself and begins to bleed. Right now he is on 75mg of benedryl to help contorl the itching.

    Sorry, I don't think that was much help.
    well the bathing was and is to help with yeast problems. After the first 2 weeks my vet said i could just wash under the pits and then watch and see. The med. shampoo is for dry skin so i would hope it wasn't also causing it.

    The gum thing is a mystery to me. I am going to watch it for a day or 2 and see what happens.

    Thanks for your input though!

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    Re: Change in gum and lip colors/allergies

    Quote Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
    The redness and irritation in the mouth can be extra inflammation brought on by the allergies or could be an infection of the gums or even a fever. Better red than pale though...
    Have you thought about doing allergy testing? It doesn't hurt to have an idea what he is allergic to if the food changes are not making a difference yet. Poor Belo.
    It seems to be very very little to no swelling on the lips. I think the change in color is throwing me off becasue i never noticed the lips much before this. The gums have always confused me though. they were the blotchy color when i went to the vets for the 1st 2 alergy/yeast infections and i am sure if abnormal he would have said so unless he thought it was due to the allergy. So that again leaves me wondering if the multi-color pink/black or the newer pinker color is the normal healthier color. this looks more normal to me. i never seen the previous coloring on any other of my dogs?

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