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Gen B.
Gen B., Retired Veterinary Technician
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Experience:  Lhasa,Shih Tzu Breeder/ B.A.Neurophysiology & Animal Behavior/I use plain English!
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my dog has brown spots under his belly and patches of ...

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my dog has brown spots under his belly and patches of brown on his skin. Is this normal.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Gen B. replied 11 years ago.
What breed dog is this?

How old is he?

When did you get him?

Did he always have the patches?
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Gen B.'s Post: He is a one year old poodle. He just started getting these brown spots a few weeks ago. Its more noticeable under his belly. He is white and apricot. People who are dogs expert says this is normal. Please tell me.
Expert:  Gen B. replied 11 years ago.
Hi again!

This skin pigmentation is commonly seen in dogs that have pigmented hair, such as your baby. This is not strictly speaking freckling, since it doesn't seem to be related to sun exposure, but can be thought of as similar...there are skin cells that are genetically coded for color other than white or pink.

The time that this becomes noticeable varies, but is ordinarily seen with maturity. These splotches can often correspond to the same places that pigmented hair grows, but are regularly seen underlying pale hair color as well. They can appear darker on the belly where the hair coat is thinnest.

If these spots are not raised, outlined in any inflammed color (like red or bright pink), are not itchy or scaly...just smooth clean skin...then I would not be concerned.

My Lhasas and Shih Tzus are really spotty little people in long fur coats (so people don't laugh at them!).

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