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Causes of Pigment & Color Changes in the Skin & Coat in Dogs

The skin and coat of a dog may sometimes change color or become lighter or darker. This may be a normal process, or may be due to a serious disease. If the skin or coat has a color other than white, it is said to be 'pigmented.' Colors include brown, black, red, purple, and yellow. If the skin is a darker color than normal, it is said to be 'hyperpigmented. provides a list of the majority of the conditions, which are associated with pigment change. This extensive listing helps you understand why a quick diagnosis may be difficult to make and various diagnostic tests may need to be performed. The most common conditions causing pigment or color changes are color-coded gray in the table (some may be more common in certain geographical areas).

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