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What makes white dog hair turn red/pink?

Discussion in 'Dogs - all breeds / types' started by elizavixen, Jul 16, 2004.

  1. elizavixen

    elizavixen New Member

    And how do you fix it?

    My dog's hair has turned pinkish (reddish in some areas) on their belly and around their mouth. My older dog has had it awhile but now the puppy is getting it. I bathe them semi-regularly (about 2 x a month ). Just wondering why it happens and if I can get it to turn white again.
  2. 4Dogsihave

    4Dogsihave New Member

    In my area we have red dirt which turns my husky red. Could this be the case in your area? Just wondering I am sure you would have thought of that already. Hope someone comes along with an idea!
  3. lil96

    lil96 New Member

    elivixen what type dogs do you have? I have an AES mix and when I first got him he was all white no color at all, but it seems like everyone now and then he will get a new tiny "biscuit" colored spot on his back, but his stomach is pink, but the skin not the hair. It is weird bc most people who look at him only see white they don'T see these little patches I see! I guess I stare at him too much!
  4. elizavixen

    elizavixen New Member

    Its not the dirt.

    They are St. Bernards. Their skin is pinkish too. I just can't figure out why it is turning the hair pink.
  5. OneWolvesDream

    OneWolvesDream New Member

    it could be the dog shampoo, when i clean dogs sometimes it has a chemical effect on the fur.
  6. Sarge'smom

    Sarge'smom New Member

    I know what your talking about. Light colored poodles get that. Usually starts around their mouth/face and paws. It looks like they are rusting! I've always wondered about that too. Anyone? :-s
  7. Jamiya

    Jamiya New Member

    Hmmm. I know black cats can "rust" and also white fur commonly turns yellow-y. Could it be diet related somehow? Or try a different shampoo? Do they really need to be washed that frequently?

  8. GinaH

    GinaH New Member

    My Pekingese is white on her belly and she has the same problem. But as soon as she gets a bath it goes away. So I am assuming it's just residue.
  9. OneWolvesDream

    OneWolvesDream New Member

    white poodles go brown.lol. umm yeah look at what your dog could be doing all day that could have an effect.
  10. honeybears

    honeybears New Member

    Jake my yellow lab gets this in the summer except his is a rust color. The vet says it is caused by moisture and overgrowth of yeast from being in the water so much, come winter it goes away

  11. Sarge'smom

    Sarge'smom New Member

    OK, from what I have been able to find out.... slober & diet are the culprits. Dirt too, depending upon your geographic location. Found a cool site at http://showdogs-l.com/index.htm that gives tons of show hints and they have a section called "SDL Coat Whitener Survey Results". Some interesting (some a little frightening!) hints for keeping white coated animals white.
  12. OneWolvesDream

    OneWolvesDream New Member

    wow, thats interesting.
  13. Angie

    Angie New Member

  14. elizavixen

    elizavixen New Member

    I guess it could be diet with my older dog (she gets Pedigree b/c it is the only stuff she'll eat) but the puppy right now is on his allergy elimination diet (ultra expensive) so I don't know if that is it for him.

    Of course we have lots of slobber but that doesn't explain it being on their belly. My older dog is not big on cleaning herself. <--- That is why she needs frequent baths. Smelly. The puppy has to get them rather frequently too b/c he is a poop eater .... a very messy poop eater (gets it all over his legs, etc).

    I may try some coat whitener shampoo. But does anyone know what would happen if I get the whitener shampoo on nonwhite hair?
  15. OneWolvesDream

    OneWolvesDream New Member

    hmm, does anyone know how well that stuff really works?
  16. Sarge'smom

    Sarge'smom New Member

    check my earlier post for that website- It gives a lot of advice on coat whitening and these are from people who show dogs so maybe they have already done the homework for you.
  17. OneWolvesDream

    OneWolvesDream New Member

    lol, thanks.

    btw can i steal ur avatar. lol. jk.
  18. Sarge'smom

    Sarge'smom New Member

    I suppose I can share... the avatar that is!
  19. OneWolvesDream

    OneWolvesDream New Member

    haha lol. but you have nothing else to share, me on the other hand i have but im not going to. lol.
  20. Samsintentions

    Samsintentions New Member

    I called a groomer, she said most dog foods have red dye in them. When the dogs eat it, they of course pick up the dye! DUH :0010:
    Then they lick them selves, spreading the coloration.....

    If your area is has Iron ore in the ground, not necessarily a large ammount, then that in turn will also turn your dogs colored.

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