Saturday, 3 January 2015
Help! My huskies nose turned pink!
Today I am covering something called Snow Nose.
I touched on this topic about 1 year ago but lately there seems to be an awful lot of people concerned about their sibes nose because it has turned pink.
What is snow nose?
Snow nose is something that is common in Siberian Huskies, but can also occur in a few other breeds as well. During the winter season, you may notice a pink streak down your dogs nose. This is called snow nose.
Out of my 3 huskies, 2 of them get snow nose in the winter months,
The above photo shows my boy Koda's nose. Notice the pink in it?
His nose is usually jet black, but because it is winter, he is getting his snow nose on!
This is my girl Mika. She also currently has snow nose.
However, my girl Lexus, does not. Her nose stays completely black in the winter, and all year long.
Why does snow nose happen?
In all of the research I have done, there doesn't seem to be a 100% reason why this happens.
I read some things that said when the temperature outside drops, so does the output of an enzyme called Tyrosinase which catalyzes the production of melanin and other skin pigments causing a dark nose to lighten or even become speckled through the cold winter months.
Now, as this does make sense to me, then why do some huskies in warmer climates still get snow nose? I surely don't have a clue, and it seems that the rest of the world doesn't either!
Siberian Huskies have so many unexplained things about them that it just fascinates me.
Such as their metabolism that scientists still do not understand, but i'll leave that for another day ;)
*Snow nose is not a disease, and poses no health risk whatsoever.
We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about huskies noses with us today, and I would also like to share our contribution to Sepia Saturday as well.
Snow nose in sepia!
Sepia Saturday is a blog hop hosted by Ruckus the Eskie.
Co hosted by Earl's World.