8. PALE GUMS
Be sure to occasionally check the color of your dog’s gums. Pale gums can be a sign of many health issues with dogs, cancer included. If you notice a change in this area, contact your veterinarian right away.
Here’s how to check your dog’s gums:
- lift the jowl so you can get a good look
- press the gums with the ball of your finger
- observe the gum’s color where you’ve pressed
In healthy dogs, after pressing on their gums the area should turn white briefly. After about 2 to 3 seconds, the color should return to its normal pink. If not, pay attention for other warning signs and consider talking to your vet.