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    Default Loss of Nose Pigment

    Hi all Our kelpie has over the last 6 months lost all pigment on his nose and its now pink and sometimes has little splits in it.

    Unfortunately forthe time being I cant get to the vet as my wife is very ill and needs lts of medical treatment and a machine to help her breathe.

    Has any one come across this before and any remidies to try that I might be able to use ?
    Scorp :-)

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    does the kelpie spend a lot of time in full sun or like to dig a lot? Both things can injure the surface of the nose.

    Are there any other places where the skin looks wrong?

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    Thank you

    we thought that too but we havnt seen or noticed any areas he is scraping and there are no other skin issues on him.

    he spends his days outside but there is plenty of shade and his kennel .. usually he climbs up on the garden swing chair under the patio
    Scorp :-)

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    I booked marked this page sometime ago as it came up in a conversation so I have just cut and paste it here for you.

    Labradors, Golden retrievers, Bernese Mountain dogs and Siberian huskies may have seasonal variation in the color of the nasal planum, usually lighter in the winter and darker in the summer. The cause of this is not known, either. Some vets refer to this as "snow nose".

    However, there are other potential causes just to be aware...

    1. Vitiligo can cause loss of pigment of the nose and it may also be part of a syndrome of immune mediated disease in which hypothyroidism also occurs. Dogs with vitiligo normally have development of patches of white hair or white hairs scattered in the hair coat.

    2. Contact dermatitis can cause loss of pigment in the nose --some dogs are reported to be sensitive to the plastic that is found in some feeding bowls, for instance. Continual irritation might lead to loss of pigment. Usually the lips are also are inflamed or may have pigment loss, too.

    3. Discoid lupus and phemphigus can lead to loss of pigment of the nose but it is usually patchy and most often there are sores around the edges of the nose and often eyelids too.

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