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Pet Health Concerns: Color Dilution

Color dilution is a genetic condition that causes hair follicle and skin pigmentation abnormalities. This color dilution is caused by melanin storing and processing irregularities in the body and it can cause problems such as hair loss, recurring skin infections, and the problem may spread to the entire body . This condition typically occurs between the ages of six months and two years and is most often seen with Italian Greyhound dog breeds. If you notice any of these symptoms or skin irregularities, have your veterinarian check out your pet. Medication treatments are available to treat hair loss.

To learn more about Color Dilution in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.

Has your pet ever been diagnosed with this condition? If so, we’d love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.

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