Does a dogs skin change color after a trauma?

My dog was bitten by some animal about two weeks ago. I took her to the vet and he said it was a cat and gave us meds and a cream to put there. She is done her meds but her skin is now turning gray. the vet said its normal but i'm not sure.

Asked by Sasha on Jan 7th 2010 Tagged injury, skin in Skin Problems
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It's very normal. Just like people, dogs' skin hyper-pigments when it is healing from a cut or abrasion.

Just as you see different stages of scar color in humans (think bright red, lighter pink then eventually white) dogs go through the same process.

Also, just like people, some dogs scar differently than others. Some scar purple, grey or pink to begin with.

As long as the skin turning color is very close to the scar, then there's probably not anything to worry about. If the area looks or seems infected (hot, irritated and very brightly colored or with discharge) then it's more than likely just fine.

With time, you should notice a change in scar color, too.

Jack answered on 1/7/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


In addition to skin changing color, very often the hair will grow back either black or white when there has been a deep injury to the skin. Usually if the dog is black the hair will come back white or if the dog is lighter colored the hair will grow back black. Sometimes this will change back to normal colored hair, sometimes it will stay black or white.

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