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Unread 05-01-2007, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default Vitiligo in dogs

That isn't what the vet called it - but I can't for the life of me remember what she said.

Anyway, I don't know if any of you have ever run across this before and I thought that I would share our experience with you. We had never seen (or even heard of this) in the 20 or so years of having Rotties.

A couple of years ago we noticed that Winnie was getting a small patch of white hair on top of her head. Knowing that Rotties get "gray" hair when they age I wasn't too alarmed but she was too young (3yrs) for that. A few months later we talked to the vet about it at her regular checkup. We were told to watch for ANY changes in her. Later we noticed that one of her toenails was turning white and then noticed that she was getting a LOT more white hair. The vet was coming to check up on Alex the next week so we had her run tests on Winnie while she was there in hopes of finding out what was going on ($800+ worth) Nothing came back and Winnie was acting just a fine as always.

There was a national veterinary conference to be held in Orlando and the vet had us take pics of Winnie so she could get some ideas from her colleagues (she also asked our permission to take the test results with her). (Our vet had never seen this before either)

To finish a long story - after several months of input from different specialists around the country/state the general concensus is that it is the dog version of vitiligo. Whew were we relieved!!!!!

She is doing great to this day - but how strange to have a Rottie that looks like an appaloosa! Or as the vet says - a reverse dalmation. LOL
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Interesting ... and very glad to hear that she's otherwise healthy. I'm sure the extra grey hair makes her look distinguished.
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Dunno, "vitiligo" sounds right to me:
http://www.answers.com/topic/vitiligo
I am assuming that vitiligo in dog is similar to vitiligo in humans.
But apparently it really is more than just getting grey hair from age. And it may be associated with disorders that are more than just cosmetic. I hope she will be all right!

I had never heard of it before, thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn something!
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OHHHHH.

I though from the pic that she had been rolling in dandelion fluff or something...

Reverse Dalmation... heh. Cool.

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I've never seen a dog with it. It could make for some interesting markings on some breeds such as rotties.

Useless bit of information for the day: Michael Jackson has Vitiglio and it's the reason he bleaches his skin.

My husband who had rhematoid arthritis (an auto immune disease) had it mostly on his hands and then around his mouth in later years. It just added character.
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Interesting ... and very glad to hear that she's otherwise healthy. I'm sure the extra grey hair makes her look distinguished.
Yup - extra cute!!!!
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Lightbulb Not vitiligo, but...

I am really surprised that I've found this post, because my sister's dog is going through the exact same thing! She has a black lab whose fur is going white. He currently looks like a very old lab with grey fur, even though he's only 4 years old! He also is showing no other behavioral symptoms, but the animal dermotologist that is seeing him has noticed that his white blood cells and platelets have dropped dramatically and we do not know if that is connected. You might keep that in mind and see if that's the case with your dog, too.

In addition, I know what you mean about it not being called vitiligo. I do not remember what my sister callled it, but she's told it's not vitiligo, because it's not an actually issue with the skin pigment, but with the fur itself. That's why her lab's nose and eyes have not gone grey or white. Is it the same with yours?

Finally, my sister's vet says repeatedly that this is a very interesting case and she's not really sure what is going on with her lab. Would you be willing to share the name of your vet with us? We'd be very interested in letting my sister's vet share notes with yours in the hopes of better understanding this intriguing condition!

P.S. I know what you mean about it looking strange. My sister constantly gets people cooing over the 'sweet old dog' that she has. We've decided to start telling them that it's a very rare breed of dog called a Mongolian Retriever.

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I have 3 Rotts My oldest (4 years old) has Vitiligo confirmed from my Vet This is rare and they look like you dropped bleech here and there on the dog. By what I was told it comes from High Breeding and is mostly in Rotties, Labs, and the bigger dogs they live a long life just look to cute!!!!!!

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Aww I saw her photo and she is so cute,
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