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Thread: Why Do Labradors Nose Change Colour?

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    Some people believe feeding kelp will help retain the dark pigmentation. Not sure of the amount for a Labrador but it should be easy enough to find out by googling. Kelp is great but it's important not to over dose.

    Hope this helps.

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    Kirby, the golden retriever has a pink nose now. It is due to the fact that he digs holes and then uses his muzzle to re-fill them!!! the constant rubbing of his nose removed the original thick black skin.

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    Increasing trace levels of copper can improve colour retention and prevent fading in black coats and other dark colours (by the way - did you guys know that black coloured animals can require up to 6 times the amount of trace copper in their diet to remain healthy?). Copper is present in Kelp - hence the recommendation there. Kelp is a great general supplement for all animals.

    But i it is fading in winter it is much more likely to be snow nose like suggested by DogSavvy. It is also seen in some Samoyeds and light coloured Afghan hounds.

    Be very careful with supplementing copper - in excess it is toxic, as is any trace mineral.

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    Interesting about the Copper Nattylou. When considering Kelp I always think of Iodine - thyroid, fertility etc.

    Certainly when I bought my first black Pug many years ago Kelp was included in the supplements to her diet. Her breeder used it to improve coat colour in the blacks.

    When I bought my first Deerhound pup Kelp was also a part of his diet. The breeder used it chiefly to maintain the black pigment in the nose. I dutifully added it to his diet until the powder ran out. Didn't use it with my next Deerie and both my boys had lovely dark noses.

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