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Lab's pink nose
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JQD1967 posted:
Last winter, my year-old yellow lab's nose turned from jet black to pink and crusty. I understand that it is called "winter nose" after speaking with my vet and doing some research; however his nose has not yet returned to black and it's still crusty. Might he have some sort of infection? The vet did give me medication, but I can't keep it on the nose long enough to do any good! I've wiped his nose with hydrogen peroxide and tried to hold him still long enough for the med, but it's just not getting back to normal. Thoughts?
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AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Winter nose does occur in some pets...a gradual loss of pigment. My concern is the fact that it is now summer, the color has not returned but more importantly that there is crusting and scaling on the nose. There are conditions known as autoimmune disorders. The body starts to recognize itself as being foreign and mounts an immune response against itself. I would recommend that you consult with your veterinarian again and discuss this possibility. It can be diagnosed with a skin biopsy that is quick and relatively inexpensive. If your veterinarian is hesitant to pursue additional steps, consider a consultation with a board certified veterinary dermatologist. I would recommend that you stop with the hydrogen peroxide...it can be very irritating to skin cells.
Dr. Bernadine Cruz