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Why is my dog's nose turning brown?

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Oh, I'm so sad He's only 1yr old and his once perfectly black gum drop nose is starting to get lighter. I've heard theories that stainless steel bowls can cause this, so I use ceramic. I have also heard that this can happen during the winter and then it will blacken up again come summer due to daylight and sun exposure, so maybe that's it. My last Golden's nose turned pink when he was about 5yrs old and never blackened again. I know it's not a big deal, just wondering if I can do anything short of shoe polish or a Sharpie marker to make it black again
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I would guess it's snow nose right now. If it doesn't come back, you can try supplementing with kelp--some people swear by it for pigment--but it can also just be normal. MANY black-nosed show dogs aren't black-nosed in real life at all.
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MANY black-nosed show dogs aren't black-nosed in real life at all.
Hmmmmmm Who knew
post #4 of 8
Because of his breed, get his thyroid checked at your next vet visit.
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Why does it matter what color his nose is?
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Because of his breed, get his thyroid checked at your next vet visit.
Hmmm...I hadn't thought of that at all. Have you seen pigment loss commonly in thyroid problems??

He doesn't appear to have the typical signs/symptoms of hypothyroidism. He's quite lean, full of energy, has good coat, and his bowels are normal. Who knows If it stays brownish after this winter, I'll have the vet draw a TSH. Thanks for the tip!
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Why does it matter what color his nose is?
If it's just a cosmetic thing, then I don't really care. However, if he was in the Conformation Ring and his nose was pink, it would be unacceptable. I know that a lot of Goldens, Yellow Labs, etc. can lose pigment in their noses as they age and also in colder weather. My concern was due to the fact that my dog is so young and I thought it odd....
post #8 of 8
Yes, changes in skin pigment are quite common in hypothyroid. And I'm with you on the cosmetic effects, cause it wouldn't be me who routinely plucks that one white hair on the back of Havoc's neck...nope, not me.
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