Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Now You Know Noses…

Within the past couple of months, there has been a dramatic difference of color in the Zu's nose. When she was just tinyzu.com, it was completely dark; but for the past six months, it has become increasingly lighter, slowly changing from its original black to a pink/brown color. When asked about during a recent check-up, her veterinarian said this was probably caused by a condition commonly known as "snow" or "winter" nose. Being that there are significantly  less hours in the daytime during the  winter season, dogs (and humans alike) experience changes in their bodies, sometimes causing them to react differently to their environments. In this case, the change in daylight hours affect the way a dogs body produces melanin, the pigment that gives them the dark color in their nose.  It was assured that once the weather started to get warmer and the days became longer, her naturally shadowy schnoz nose would come back. As reassuring as this was, closer exploration into this subject showed that ...continues here

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