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12.02.10 21:48 GMT
Is there anything I can do to improve pigment ? I have a white puppy and although she has a black nose and should have black eye rims she has pigment missing around one of her eyes ? I have seen products which claim to improve pigment but wondered if anyone has any suggestions ?
How old is she? I have a breed where pigmented eyerims are important for showing, and if the pigment isn't nearly complete by 8 weeks then it will never come complete. If it's missing entirely round one eye at that age then it always will be.
I add spinach and liver to my diet occasionally.
I used to use Pygmalion but you had to remember to soak it for hours before adding it to the food and it is small berries so I often found they spat them out.
I now use Elerberry & Nettle extract from Dorwest Herbs which I am more than happy with.
Should add that I only use this when it looks like "winter nose" might crop up.
elderberry and nettle fan here too but dont expect it to work overnight it can take a few months but does return it is common for some bitches to loose some pigment before or after a season.
13.02.10 09:46 GMT
She is a gorgeous 6 month old Maltese puppy , one eye rim is completely black, the other has some pigment on the bottom eye rim but on the top eye rim half of it is missing! Just wondering if it could still come and obviously can't enter her for any shows unless it does!! So dissapointing, but I will order some of the stuff from Dorwest and give it a go...thanks!
13.02.10 10:22 GMT
Considering her breed, I doubt whether a product which is said to darken pigment - would actually create pigment.
I think it will be a 'wait and see' job with this little one as black eyerims are a must.
Have you asked her breeder what the chances are?
Would think it's a bit late with that breed, saying that one of my Spanish was 18 months before all of her pigment came through on her nose.
Isn't kelp/seaweed supposed to be good for pigment,
> Would think it's a bit late with that breed, saying that one of my Spanish was 18 months before all of her pigment came through on her nose.
my blue merle border collie was still developing nose pigment at 12 years :-D
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