Q. My dog had very red gums. He is also eating grass. Is this normal?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. Normal gums on a dog are usually a pinkish color, and can be checked for health by lightly pressing down on the gum until it turns white. When your finger is removed, the color should return within 2-3 seconds. In dogs that are anemic or ill, the gums will continue to be a pale white color for a long period. Gums that are blood red, or appear to be bleeding can indicate a problem such as a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, and can also sometimes indicate ingestion of a poison or toxin causing a bleeding disorder.
If your dog's gums are actively bleeding or blood red, you think your dog may have ingested something toxic or poisonous, or he has other symptoms of bleeding, lethargy, or illness, it is best to contact your local veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately for treatment.