Dog's nose turning color?

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Barked: Sun Jul 1, '07 10:21am PST 
When we adopted Spencer three years ago (February 2004), his nose was black...later that summer/fall it turned pink.

Just this morning, I noticed it is turning black again! What is going on? Is this normal?

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Barked: Sun Jul 1, '07 10:27am PST 
Sometimes a dog's nose will change color. This can be caused by having your dog eat or drink from a plastic dish. There is a reaction with a substance in the plastic which causes color change. Stainless steel bowls for food and water are highly recommended. Other causes of color change are vitaligo (loss of skin pigment) and cold weather. Color usually goes back to normal in warmer climate. This is usually no reason for concern.

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Barked: Sun Jul 1, '07 10:31am PST 
Yes, I've heard of this too. And Josie's nose has gone from all black to some pink mixed in. I agree, it is probably normal.


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Barked: Tue Jul 3, '07 9:21pm PST 
My lovely black White GSD nose has turned pink, too frown I know it can be caused in Winter, called 'snow nose' from lack of Vitamin D me thinks.
And I'd heard of the plastic, too. Kind scary it can do that to pigment!

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Barked: Wed Jul 4, '07 5:51am PST 
Getting some more sun may help too.

Here is some great info