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My black cocker spaniel has fur under mouth & near nose. The

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My black cocker spaniel has white fur under mouth & near nose. The fur has gone a rust red colour all of a sudden.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Any changes to the skin under this discolored hair?

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hi again,

As I have not heard back from you, I do want to leave my thoughts for your return.

Now to this type of color change to white fur in these regions can raise a few issues. Still, as you reported no skin changes, we would be most suspicious of the hair being in increased contact with amylase. This is enzyme in the saliva and oculonasal secretions of dogs that often will give a rust to brown discoloration of light colored fur. It is not a worry but can be a sign of mild eye/nasal irritation (such to cause increased clear nasal discharge) or drooling (if he has a sore tooth or hasn't been as clean as usual when eating). So, we'd not be worried about this if it is a fur color change alone. Still, we'd need to monitor for those associated issues that could be causing him bother. Especially as we are not likely to see this fade if the underlying cause is ongoing. But overall, in regards ***** ***** question, this is not a worry if only the fur is discolored as amylase is our likely suspect.

I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.

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