Vitiligo is a condition in which pigment is lost from the skin and hair of the nose, lips, face, and eyelids.
Black pigment is present early in life in affected dogs, but it gradually fades to a chocolate brown or even to white. There does not appear to be any related health problems with this loss of pigment. Rottweilers are one of the breeds in which this problem is seen.
The exact cause of vitiligo in dogs has not yet been determined, but it is believed to have a genetic predisposition and/or be an autoimmune problem.
Diagnosis is made by physical exam.
There is no definitive treatment.
Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants such as vitamin C may help with this problem.
Please contact your veterinarian if you think your pet may have this condition.
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