Plastic Bowls Don’t Turn Dogs’ Noses Pink

Your dog’s nose is safe, regardless of the bowl he eats from.


Q. I know this sounds crazy, but someone told me that if you feed your dogs in plastic bowls the black on their noses turns pink. I have never heard this before and actually laughed, but then thought maybe there was some truth to it. So, I figured a veterinarian would know if this was true or just hocus pocus.

A. Actually, the plastic bowl will only turn a dog’s nose pink if the bowl itself is pink! On a more serious note, dogs’ bowls should be clean and impervious, without rust or discoloration. Ceramic bowls are best for keeping water cold.


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Carl   Mercerville, New Jersey

1/3/2016 12:12:50 PM

My Vet disagrees, when commented on my dogs nose changing color, my vet told me to get rid of the plastic bowl, I did and never had issue with pigment loss in my GSD's nose ever again.

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Diane   International

2/25/2015 9:15:34 PM

I too thought it must be silly. But in fact, it's

I first tried it out on my dog, Zorro, who had a black nose when I found him but ended up with a wide streak of pink up the middle. I switched to a stainless steel bowl and within a couple of months, his nose (after years with the pink) went back to

I've told several people with pink/white streaked nosed dogs and they had the same results. Perhaps it's a chemical reaction-- perhaps it's because the plastic is somehow more abrasive.

This of course is not going to change a nose that started out pink-- like a Brittany spaniel, etc.

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Allishia   Brampton, DC

2/16/2011 11:26:15 AM

Actually, plastic bowls are a cause of turning a dogs nose from pink to black. The bowl itself does not have to be pink, that is just silly. The dog may have "Contact Dermititis" basically, they may have an allergy to that certain plastic or the materials that are in it.

If your dogs nose has gone from black to pink it may just be because of the season change. My dogs nose goes pink during the winter and regains its pigmentation during the summer.

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