Australian Shepherd With Red Gums

by Tam
(Alvin, Tx.)

My Aussie is 2 and she is itching a lot all over, and her gums around her teeth are red. Help.

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Re: itching/red gums
by: Kym

She probably needs a dental which would account for the red gums. You say she is only 2 but dogs are like people some have good teeth with little maintenance, some have bad teeth regardless. Your vet may want to put her on some antibiotics, and possibly do a dental on her.
The itchiness could be caused by anything from allergies to dry skin. You could try giving her benadryl which usually helps with itching due to allergies,(of course check with your vet first) 1mg per lb. You can add fish oil to her diet (I feed this EVERYDAY) also helps with shedding! You may want to change her food to a non-grain food (very easy to find over-the-counter these days) If these tips don't help, you may want to talk to your vet about allergy testing (expensive), vet prescribed meds (steroids, antihistamines, etc)
Hope this helps! Good luck!

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