Wednesday

Pink nose on new Boxer puppy!!??


Hello Fellow Boxer Lovers!

Our puppy has a PINK nose!

The fact is, nearly all Boxers are born with pink noses and lips (bottoms of feet too)! The reason for this is that pigment cells continue to migrate thru the puppy's body after birth, as the puppy ages the pink areas fill in with black. Most puppies noses are filled in by the time they go to their new homes! There is the instance that on some very flashy pups, (flashy = a higher % of white on the body) it can take longer - even up to a year or so!

What is a "Snow Nose"?

Some older dogs will experience something called 'snow nose' or 'winter nose' where the dog's nose will turn pink in the middle during the winter months. Rest assured, this is usually due to the lack of sunshine outside and is generally a temporary condition! Ask your vet for some suggestions on helping the condition.

Better to be SAFE!

If your dog does experience a lightening of the nose, just for your dog's health sake do check with a vet. There is a condition called Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH), or Harada's syndrome that it is caused by an immune system disorder that damages the eyes and the pigment in the skin. It can turn any part of your dog's body white, and without treatment, it can lead to blindness. Vets often prescribe steroids to pets with this condition, which help keep the immune system from going out of control.

Know your Boxer!

Alethea Anderson
The Boxer Blogger