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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all! My 4yr old German shepherd Jax has recently developed pink lower lips! The first picture was within the past 6 months, and the bottom picture is today. Does anyone know if this is normal or what to do?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 09:02 PM
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An excerpt from:
"If your dog's dark lips start turning pink, don't panic. It's possible he inherited a condition called vitiligo, which turns black pigment in skin pink as the dog ages. There's no treatment for vitiligo, but not to worry it's only cosmetic and doesn't harm the dog. However, it's always a good idea to have your vet examine your dog if he develops any change in skin color. There's always the possibility that an allergic reaction or some other disorder caused the discoloration."

You might want to read the thread at the link below that discusses a dog with white spots suddenly appearing on his fur (similar possible causes):
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-22-2019, 10:05 AM
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One of our dogs had this. It was vitiligo. His lips and gums were the only things affected and there was never any problem with it. It just looked a bit strange. All the inside lip and gum areas turned pink. He didn't seem to care and neither did we.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-23-2019, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you both! I was just nervous because it happened in such a short period of time and from what I've read vitiligo happens over a longer period of time. It just seemed like it happened almost over night! But it doesnt seem to be bothering him and there is no swelling or irritation so hopefully that is all it is!
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