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Blue Skin and Mucus Membranes in Dogs

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Your dog will need to be kept stabilized by giving it oxygen. Depending on what underlying illness is causing the cyanosis, drugs may be prescribed to treat the condition, or surgery and/or further therapy ordered.


Living and Management


You will need to restrict your dog's activity during treatment and possibly after. A low-salt diet can be put in place if your veterinarian determines that heart disease is involved. You should also check your dog's gums for normal color, making sure they are a healthy pink or reddish color. If your dog's gums are purple or white, you should take it immediately to the veterinary hospital for emergency treatment. 



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