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My dog has a spot on s nose.

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My dog has a brown spot on his nose.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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It's not unusual for there to be pigment changes in the nose pad of dogs. Most commonly it will be a loss of pigment but occasionally pigment will appear in a pale palate. 2-5 years of age is a common time for this to happen. As long as there are no other signs of disease process we accept this as being a normal change.

There are some systemic and skin conditions that can cause this but usually it is fairly obvious if this is the case. Rarely a condition called Vitiligo occurs where there is pigment loss over the whole body. This is quite obvious. Inflammatory skin conditions (contact allergies) and autoimmune disease that cause a reaction at the border between the nose pad and the skin can also cause depigmentation. In these case s there will be irritation or severe crusting and cracking of the nose pad and skin behind it....also quite obvious.

As long as there is no crusting/ cracking, rubbing, redness then I would advise taking a photo of the nose today with a coin or ruler next to it to monitor the subtle changes that we might miss and if it does appear to be progressing then having a veterinary exam to ensure there is nothing else going on that requires medical intervention

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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