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Have you ever plucked out your parents’ gray hairs?
Did you know that dogs also get gray hair when they get old, like humans? 😮
Today, we’ll let you know why dogs have gray hairs.
1. A genetic factor
Even though people are not old, they sometimes get gray hair.
In fact, even dogs can turn white in fur and over time begin to turn silver.
If puppies get gray hair even though they are not old enough to get white hair,
it is likely to be genetic.
Dogs, like humans, can get white fur as they age.
Age is one of the most common causes of gray hair,
but it is different from humans.
In the case of humans, all hair turns white, but in the case of dogs,
it usually occurs around the face, such as the nose and mouth.
Also, as you get older, the texture of the fur gets rougher.
As aging kills cells of follicular pigments,
the fewer pigment cells in the follicle,
the less melanin a strand of hair contains,
making it the same color as white, gray, and silver.
It’s not a common symptom,
but sometimes dogs can get gray hair because of Leukoplakia.
Leukoplakia is a skin disease in which the color of the skin is lost
due to the lack of melanin cells in the skin,
resulting in a bleach that shows white color on the skin.
It's a skin disease, but sometimes hair turns white.
The exact cause of Leukoplakia is unknown,
but expert says it’s likely to occur genetically.
Leukoplakia is a different symptom for all dogs.
Some dogs have it on the nose and skin, and some dogs have gray hair.
Fortunately, vitiligo does not involve pain in dogs.
4. Uncommon health problem
In the case of dogs, bad liver or kidneys can cause bleaching.
It's not uncommon, but it's caused by the lack of proper detoxification
of toxins in your dog's body, so if you visit a hospital
and get basic treatment, you can get better.
Also, gray hair can occur in dogs with hyperthyroidism.
If you suffer from hyperthyroidism, your thyroid function decreases,
and sometimes it causes skin problems,
so you need to consult a veterinarian to get proper treatment.
But, DON’T pull out the gray hairs.
In the case of humans,
when they have gray hair,
they pull it out with tweezers or dye it with dye for gray hair.
However, it is absolutely forbidden to force a dog to pluck or dye its hair.
Don't do anything that irritates the dog’s skin and
can reduce gray hair by relieving stress.
Also, it is a good idea to take a walk to avoid strong UV rays.
It is recommended to take a walk in the evening
because prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause vitiligo and worsen symptoms.
If you don't have time, how about playing nosework with the Hamilpet smart jumping ball?