Bloody gums??

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  1. colliekid

    colliekid I love collies!

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    I have a problem with my collie... every time I brush her teeth, if I just gently touch her gums with the toothbrush, they start to bleed. I think she has very sensitive gums. What should I do?

    P.S. She bleeds when she chews on bones. And she's 8.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. nedim

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    Gingivitus maybe?
     
  3. colliekid

    colliekid I love collies!

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    What should I do? How should I confirm this?
     
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    I have absolutely no idea. Sorry. I believe it can be caused by the food your dog eats. I'm sure someone else will be of more help to you.
     
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    Take your dog to the vet for a teeth cleaning, they will be able to diagnois gingivitis if that is what it is. That is what it sounds like, it is the same symptoms as humans get. Bloody gums, stinky breath.
     
  6. colliekid

    colliekid I love collies!

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    Her breath isn't bad... anymore than usual, she was just at the vet and he checked out her mouth. also, she's always had sensitive gums. She's scheduled to have a teeth cleaning appointment someday soon
     
  7. Manchesters

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    I clean my dogs teeth on a regular basis. I will not have my dogs knocked out for something such as this. And of course, both Whippets and Manchesters are overly sensitive to anesthetics, so it is nothing to be done lightly.

    I do ears, teeth and toenails all at the same sitting. And the dogs don't even mind....trusting little souls. Gotta luv 'em.
     
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    colliekid I love collies!

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    I looked up gingivitis in my AKC book and also checked her out for the symptons but she doesn't have them. Just the bloody gums, but they're healthy, I checked them. THen again, I'm no vet :p
     
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    Guess you will just have to be extra vigiliant on keeping her teeth and gums clean. If she already has sensitive gums to that extent I would assume that gingivitis would be a real concern.
     
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    If she's 8 years old and has never had a professional cleaning than chances are she's ready for one!!!! Take her to your vet for an exam and he/she can tell you if she's ready. :)

    If she already has tartar built up than brushing alone won't take care of it, you need ultrasonic scaling done that only the vet can do.
     
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    She has had 1 cleaning from the vet, about 2 years ago. I brush her teeth and give her a dental bone and liquid teeth care. She's always gotten bloody from chewing on bones.
     
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    Chip's would bleed when I gave him raw hides....you don't use weed killers do you ??
     
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    Maybe your brushing your dogs teeth too hard?
     
  14. colliekid

    colliekid I love collies!

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    What do you mean about weed killers?

    and now, just gently nicking the gum will make them bleed. But the side I nicked her with is really stiff.
     
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    You may want to have her checked. Has she always had the problem? You may want to make sure that she doesn't have a clotting dissorder of some type :confused:
     

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