Variety is the spice of life! What if your pet could actually change their coat as they aged? Not with the use of chemicals – but from within. There is a condition called vitiligo that will make your pet (and some humans) that causes patches of white to appear. The name is thought to have come from the word vitium, which translates to “defect” or “blemish.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, how fast and how much of the skin will change is not known.
Vitiligo can affect skin – anywhere on the body, even the inside your mouth and your eyes.
The good news about Vitiligo is that it is not contagious or life-threatening. It is caused when the cells that make melanin (melanocytes) stop making melanin or die.
Melanin is what gives skin its pigment.