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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-20-2019, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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She was solid black then she started turning..

Luna has been solid black for over a year then a few months ago she started to change and get white blotches. First is this a concern for her health and if not why does it happen. I already ruled out scar marks it did coincide with her first full coat blow. But had been getting worse.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-20-2019, 06:34 PM
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Is she only about a year old, or could she possibly be aging? I thought that was mostly around their muzzle though.

Have you changed her diet in any way?

Could it be "vitilogo" https://www.rover.com/blog/all-about-dog-vitiligo-in/ ?
According to blog article, the white fur will start on face though - not body.

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My dog had some white on her like that recently, but in her case it was from brushing up against some wet paint LOL! So that was my first thought when I saw that picture. Any chance she found some wet paint somewhere?

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It isnt most definitely not wet paint. She is 18 months old. No diet change.
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I had always assumed this was pretty standard for black German shepherds to have patches. My dogs father for instance, was fully black besides his butt. Haha. Now my dog has a white butt, blonde leg highlights, a white chest and some random patches.

But potentially if the spots are just showing up more and more, potentially take a look at this, uveodermatological syndrome or as someone else suggested, vitiligo.

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Maybe it is vitiligo. As long as it isnt going to kill her I am fine.
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Maybe it is vitiligo. As long as it isnt going to kill her I am fine.
Might not be a bad idea to take her into the vet. There are some health issues that can affect fur color. There are some nutrient deficiencies that can cause it but they usually start around the face/eyes.
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I still think it's paint LOL! Sorry, just never seen anything like this...

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I can promise you it isnt paint. I have throughly ruled that 1 out. I have been thinking of bring to the vet to just get a final say.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 11:08 AM
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GSDs can and do change colour as the get older, BUT not on those areas of the body! Changes are usually on the face, legs, feet and hind end! That really IS strange!

I don't know what else to say!
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