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Hyperpigmentation in Dogs


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Overview


Secondary condition that usually occurs due to an existing primary issue. While hyperpigmentation itself is not harmful to the dog you should still seek veterinary care in order to rule out other possible health issues.


Symptoms


Some dogs may experience symptoms that do not appear to be related to the change in skin color, such as weight gain, slowed heart rate or lethargy.


Treatment


Treatment varies based on the cause of the dog's hyperpigmentation. With some diseases, such as hypothyroidism, hyperpigmentation will resolve itself once treatment for hypothyroidism is in place. In other dogs hyperpigmentation may clear up after the dog has been neutered or spayed. Unfortunately some cases are untreatable and hyperpigmentation may be a permanent condition.

Hyperpigmentation may not be serious but it could be a symptom of a bigger problem. Regardless treatment can be expensive and pet insurance can help pay the bills.


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