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What would cause a dog to develop a patch of fur on his tail that is discolored and a lot more coarse than the rest?

my chocolate lab has ALREADY seen the vet and they weren't able to tell me what has caused this. they DID say it's probably nothing to be concerned with, so that's good to know, but I am curious. he's 4 1/2 years old but this discolored fur didn't appear til he was about 2years old. i wonder if its a vitamin deficiency or something? he really is given the best of the best when it comes to food. he is very well taken care of and all of his shots and such are up to date. To describe the patch a little better, his whole body is dark brown, but the patch is grey and very light brown. if any of you can shed some light on what might be going on here, please let me know! thank you!

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genetics,

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I worked with a guy who had the same thing, just a "shock" of white hair on his head...he had no explanation for it, it was just there. Then again, he also had 3 nip ples...true story.

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Lol! True story! XD
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It is! He was a strange little man...
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I know someone with three nipples. No white hair though. That was some one else.
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Some guys have all the luck...8)
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Try seeing a homeopathic vet. They look at the whole picture.

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What are you considering the "best of the best" in food? What most people consider the best food is actually filled with a lot of junk. Check out http://dogfoodanalysis.com/ to see if what you are feeding is actually as good as you think.

Did your vet check for a fungal infection? Also many skin and coat issues can be helped by giving fish oil and vitamin e. Dosage for fish oil is 200 mg for every 10 lb of weight, (75 lb dog gets 1500 mg of fish oil) and 200-400 iu of vitamin e.

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I am 1,000% positive that his food is not junk. I've A LOT of research on this. Also, he already gets fish and other vitamin supplements! Sometimes I think I take better care of him than i do myself! Thanks for trying tho!
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I have a 5 year old black lab and he was getting that same thing, except his patch was a reddish brown, he also was scratching a lot too. I switched hi food to Blue Buffalo brand and his scratching stopped within a week and his fur went back to normal.

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