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Why Is My Dog’s Nose Turning Pink?
Is your dog’s nose turning pink? Pink dog nose occurs when a dog’s normally dark nose loses pigment and becomes noticeably lighter in color. A dark dog nose can become brown or pink. Sometimes lighter dog noses may still have a darker stripe across the nose. The outer edges of the nose, however, will remain dark.
Does your dog have a pink nose at times? Or does her dark nose become lighter in winter and fade to brown? These are common signs that your dog has a condition called “snow nose.”
What Is Dog Snow Nose?
Snow nose affects white dogs and lighter colored dogs most often, but other dogs may also lose nose pigment. It occurs most often during winter months, causing some people to theorize that the condition is related to sunlight. Because snow nose often occurs in winter time, it is sometimes called “winter nose.”
The effects of the condition are temporary. If your dog’s nose becomes paler in the winter then it will usually become dark again in the summer months, though as they get older some dogs will keep their lighter colored noses year-round.
It has also been suggested that changes in nose pigment may be related to a dog’s thyroid levels.
Some dogs naturally have lighter colored noses from birth. If your dog is brown or liver-colored, then his nose may be fur colored at all times. This is not the same as a snow nose. His brown nose is genetic and not related to sunlight or other changes in his environment.
Some dogs can lose nose pigment as a reaction to eating from plastic bowls. Luckily it’s easy enough to test this theory! If you suspect that your dog is losing nose pigment because of eating from a plastic dish just switch him to a metal or ceramic dog bowl.
How To Treat Pink Dog Nose
Snow nose does not cause any health problems for dogs. Because there is little risk no definite treatments are available or really needed. However, if your dog does have snow nose you will need to protect his nose from sunburn until normal pigment returns.
Natural Dog Snout Soother provides a natural sunscreen for use on a dog’s nose and can prevent sunburn if your dog has snow nose. Snout Soother contains Kukui Nut Oil, Shea Butter, and Natural Vitamin E. It has an estimated SPF of 9.
Even if your dog tries to lick off Snout Soother, the ingredients are 100 percent natural and will not harm your dog. As long as you continue to apply the product, it will keep your puppy protected! Snout Soother also helps dry, chapped and cracked noses, prevents windburn, heals rashes and skin irritations, and helps with many other nose conditions.
So if your dog’s dark colored nose suddenly starts fading to a pink dog nose, rest assured he’s not turning into Rudolph, and trust us, he’ll be just fine. All your old pal needs is an all natural soothing dog balm to cure his snow nose– Snout Soother to the rescue! Our mission is simple: Soothe, Heal, Wag.