Q. My dog has a blackish spot about of a large nail head on the gum and I noticed that the gums is starting to swell

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A. It is difficult to advise without examining the area but some color spots are quite normal on the gums, especially if your dog has a two/three colored haircoat. The swelling would be more of a concern and I advise you monitor closely for any increase in size; a biopsy will be required to diagnose definitively and to guide any medical or surgical therapy

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