Black Dog Turns Completely White Two Years After Being Diagnosed with Vitiligo

Over the course of two years, a black dog turned completely white due to vitiligo, a condition in which the skin and hair lose their natural pigment.

In late 2021, at the age of two, Buster was diagnosed with vitiligo. The condition is caused by an autoimmune disease that causes areas of the skin, hair, muzzle, and lips, as well as the oral and facial mucosa, to lose pigment or color. Buster’s owner, Matt Smith, was told to keep an eye out for skin irritation, but other than that the dog’s health wasn’t going to be affected. At first, Matt noticed small white patches around Buster’s eyes, nose, and chin, but nine months after the vitiligo diagnosis, the dog’s face was peppered with with spots. Today, Buster has gone from completely black to an immaculate white.

Photos: Reddit

Matt Smith first took to Reddit a couple of years ago to show how Buster’s face changed in the nine months since he had been diagnosed with vitiligo. He received a lot of support from the community back then, but recently he made another post announcing that his pet had gone completely white and posting a series of photos documenting the transition.

“If you hadn’t shown the transition, I never would have believed it,” one person commented.

“Wow! This is the most fascinating thing I’ve seen on Reddit in ages. I was sure this was going to be fake until I scrolled through,” someone else wrote.

To be honest, looking at the before and after photos side by side, it’s almost impossible to tell that this is the same dog. Sure, the eyes are the same, but other than that, it’s night and day. Luckily, Matt Smith documented Buster’s transformation throughout the last 2.5 years with photos.

Luckily dogs don’t feel self-conscious, so Buster is enjoying his life just like when he was completely black, and the vitiligo has not impacted his health in any serious way.

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