Hey everyone. You are bound to notice sooner or later, so I might as well get this out in the open... Brutus is having a bit of a depigmentation issue on his lips. The good news is it doesn't bother him. The bad news is that I don't have the slightest idea what's causing it. Brutus tried to tell me it was from wearing out his lips smooching his girl Stella, but unless he's secretly flying to CA and back every night, don't think that's the case!
Started with some little pink spots about 2 weeks ago & is spreading across his lips. Actually looks worse in photos than it appears in real life, must have something to do with the way the flash reflects off the pink parts. No sign of inflammation, or any other trouble anywhere else on his body. There is actually hair there in the pink parts, so it's not alopecia. Could it be some sort of allergic reaction? Autoimmune disease (vitiligo)? Snow nose (like what yellow labs get)? Hormonal change (liek an adreal problem)? This phenomena is not a common in Frenchies, so none of my experts in that department have had any insight into what might be the cause.
Your guess is as good as mine, since as far as I know nothing else has changed. I switched Brutus to a stainless steel food & water bowl last weekend, since I read that plastic/ceramic can cause a contact dermatitis. He is on a very high-quality, restricted diet, absolutely no people food, and eating the same kibble he has for months. Only other thing I can think is that this started with the onset of really cold weather here, so maybe that is a factor. The depigmented parts are only where his tongue can reach, so perhaps that has some bearing on things (although his lips do not look chapped) as Brutus is a bit of a lip-licker. Could it be related to added stress from all our recent activity with showing? I'm really reaching here, but he got a distemper/parvo vaccine about two weeks before I noticed the depigmentation, so maybe that triggered something. Who knows??
It's always something around here. Brutus keeps me on my toes, and I'll admit I'm a worrywart. Between problems with his pee, eating things, miscellaneous lumps/bumps, and now this - yikes! But that's the way Frenchies are - never a dull moment! Don't worry, my vet has seen Brutus (we are "frequent flyers" there, I'm sure they think I'm nuts), and will be seeing him again next week - she's not particularly concerned at this point, just wants to follow him & see if it might resolve on its own.
Anyways, thanks for letting me vent. Frustrating when something like this goes on where we humans have no idea why, and no control over what is happening. If it's just cosmetic, than I can live with that (Brutus' self image is apparently better than mine, since it seems unscathed by this change). Brutus is his happy, vibrantly energetic self in all other ways, so hopefully it's nothing significant & will go back to normal soon. If anyone has any thoughts, we're all ears (some of which are bigger than others)!