by K Marie Alto October 19, 2019 1 min read
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Vitiligo is a disease that causes the loss of skin pigmentation. It can also cause hair to lose color. While vitiligo only affects about 2% of the world’s human population, did you know it can also occur in cats and dogs?
The skin contains melanocytes, a type of cell that produces melanin (the pigment that colors the skin). Vitiligo occurs when melanocytes are destroyed. As the melanocytes die, the affected area of the skin and the associated fur will turn white.
There are three main types of vitiligo:
While the exact cause of this disease is still unknown, some of the potential causes include an autoimmune system disease, stress, family history, and exposure to toxins. It’s worth noting that most cases of vitiligo in pets seem to be hereditary.
Have you ever met a doggy or kitty with vitiligo?
K. Marie is an animal lover, wife, kitty mom, dog auntie, writer and co-founder of Toe Beans, a proud American family-owned online boutique pet supplies store focused on the improvement of the life of furry family members via pet parent education, better products, and advocacy. She has over 20 years of experience as a pet momma. She loves sharing her personal journey and experience as a pet parent via her blog and Facebook page where she currently has more than 19K followers (@furrytoebeans) and counting :-).
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