Inside Of A Dogs Mouth – Recognise A Healthy Mouth


Inside Of A Dogs Mouth 

How To Recognise A Healthy Mouth

 Have you ever wondered what’s going on inside your furry friend’s mouth? Well, it turns out, a dog’s mouth can reveal quite a bit about their health and happiness. So, let’s open wide and take a closer look!

Imagine this as a doggie-dental adventure. We’ll be checking the health of their gums, and even investigating their breath. We’ll also keep an eye out for any potential trouble like foreign objects or suspicious growths.

So, whether you’re a concerned dog parent or just a curious canine enthusiast, come along for a journey into the world inside a dog’s mouth. 

Here is a very quick checklist of things that you need to look out for inside a dog’s mouth

1. Gums

Have you noticed that the first thing that a vet does when you take along a sick dog is to lift the side of his mouth?

He can tell so much from the colour and texture of the dog’s gums.

Firstly, here is a photograph showing a dog with healthy gums.

Inside A Dogs Mouth
Healthy gums

However, different colour gums can signify the following:-

Red gums can signify gingivitis, which is a gum infection.

White gums can signify anaemia.

Blue gums can signify a lack of oxygen.

Yellow gums can signify liver disease.

Bleeding gums could be a symptom of kidney failure or oral cancer.


Again, colour is important. The tongue should be pink, with no raised bumps or lumps. A few breeds like the Chow Chow do naturally have black tongues. The tongue should have a clear coating.

Inside Of A Dogs Mouth
A healthy tongue

There may be problems with the tongue if;-

The dog’s breath smells.

There is a reluctance to eat.

Excessive drooling.

A reluctance to chew food.

A different coloured tongue can signify the following:-

A Blue/Purple tongue can signify pain caused by many conditions including heart, vascular and circulatory diseases.

A White tongue can signify anaemia.

A Red tongue can be a sign of infection.

A Yellow tongue can be a sign of gastritis or a liver problem.

Lift the tongue to check for bleeding, cysts or ulcers.

Do the same with the roof of the mouth.


Look for excessive drooling or foaming, which can suggest issues with the dog’s oral health, toxicity, or other medical conditions.

Foreign Objects

Check for any foreign objects stuck in the mouth, such as splinters, bones, or debris. These can cause discomfort or injury.

Ulcers or Sores

Look for any sores, ulcers, or growths in the mouth, as they could be signs of oral cancer or other health problems. Don’t forget to check the roof of the dog’s mouth.

Swelling or Lumps

Feel for any swelling, lumps, or bumps in the mouth or on the lips. These could be signs of tumors or other abnormalities.

Bully Sticks

Medical Terms For Inside A Dogs Mouth

Glossitis is inflammation of the tongue.

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums.

Cheilitis is inflammation of the lips.

Thermoregulation is the process of panting to cool the body.

Macroglossia is when dogs are born with a tongue which is too large.

Dental Disease in Dogs

The gums may be inflamed as a result of dental disease. Additional symptoms include bad breath and yellow teeth or broken teeth.

Here is an article about Dental Facts You Need To Know

Here is an article about Dog Licking

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Additional Reading

Why Do Dogs Lick Their Own Wounds?

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