My yellow labs nose started out Jet Black. So he isn't a dudley. Yet only the outlining of his nose now is black. His lips are black, his pads are brown. I have done some research, and have heard giving Kelp would help bring back the black pigment in his nose. Is this True? Or is there something in his diet he is lacking for it not to turn back black? He is 20mos of age if that matters.
HI...we need more pics!! It has been forever since we have seen him
sounds like "snow nose" to me.
Yes its called snow nose, its not a dudley, but the nose looses pigment in the cold weather, and sometimes it stays like that, sometimes the pigment comes back (though never as black as a puppy). Misha also had an extremely cute black nose as a pup and now her nose is faded and hasn´t gotten its color back ever since.
That´s why Black Labs are better, they don´t get snow nose and their fur doesn´t stand out on my dark pants... LOL
CUTE!!! Yep our girl's nose did the same thing.
I've heard of Snow Nose when I describe it, Can Kelp Help, or is there another option to bring back that pigment? (I do agree...thought I would love the yellow color, but black does have many advantages.)
When I get my Nikon back (dealing with my point and shoot due to Nikon doing a suicide drop and breaking the lens )I will post better pics.
I'm not sure I understand the strong desire to bring back the jet-black nose, to the extent that you'd feed kelp just to do it. Why not wait until the weather warms and see what happens. Or just love the li'l guy as he is?
If you're that determined, I'm guessing black shoe polish might also work...
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To be honest Dweck, this has been ongoing. Never really returned much after last winter. He has been in a few shows, and it would be in his favor to have the darker nose. I do feel if I used shoe polish, that would be frowned upon by judges.
It's completely normal and it will come back less and less each summer. You can certainly try kelp, but I've don't know anyone it's actually worked for (and I know a number of people who tried it). Go to an all breed show in the middle of winter and look in any open yellow class...you'll see a number of painted noses.