What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?
Affected dogs appear white with pink skin, nose leather, paw pads, and lips, and either blue, pink, or red irises.
When do signs and symptoms develop?
Signs are often recognized shortly after birth.
How do vets diagnose this condition?
Genetic testing and clinical presentation can be used to diagnose this condition.
How is this condition treated?
There is no medical treatment for this condition; lifestyle changes are recommended to prevent sun exposure.
What actions should I take if my dog is affected?
- Because albino dogs lack melanin, which in addition to providing pigment also absorbs the sun's radiation, affected dogs must have protection from direct sunlight. To prevent sun exposure, try modifying the time of day spent outdoors, dressing the dog in protective clothing, and/or applying non-toxic sunblock. Too much exposure can result in sunburn.