How must one take care of an albino dog?

My dog is an albino rednose pitbull terrier, im pretty sure because he was the only one in his litter to come out fully white, is there anything specific i should do to take care of him?

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8 Responses to How must one take care of an albino dog?

  1. Jenny says:

    Are his eyes pink or blue? Keep him out of the sun and don’t take him outside on bright days; dogs with the pink eyes of a true albino or the blue of the other kind of albino (low tyrase? something like that) often have impaired vision especially in bright light. Partially blind dogs can be snappy, so be careful.

    I’d suggest taking the pup to the veterinarian and finding out the actual facts, getting professional advice.

  2. Sally says:

    Well i heard that albino animals are like prone to skin damage because they are white or something. But im not sure.

  3. ladystang says:

    need to talk to your vet if it is an albino. they are prone to sun damage.
    all white doesn’t mean albino.

  4. Labluf says:

    yes, most albino animals are at a higher risk for skin diseases, sun burn, and flaky skin. It’s just a manner of getting lotion, sometimes a dog jacket, or keeping the dog inside, and letting him/her out for only a short period of time. Other then that, their just like normal dogs.

  5. Jasmer says:

    White does not mean albino, and it’s a fairly common color in the American Pit Bull Terrier. If he is also the only one in the litter who has blue eyes into adulthood then he may indeed be albino. You can take precautions all the same as white-haired dogs are more prone to sunburn and stuff. Albino dogs have a complete lack of pigmentation and have absolutely ZERO defense against sunburn, so avoid direct sunlight. Have his sight and hearing checked annualy as well, as albino dogs often have hearing or sight problems.

  6. catkeypurr says:

    You have some good answers here but I’ll add:
    sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.
    If your vet doesn’t carry it you should be able to find it online. If all else fails, use a baby sunscreen with a high SPF.
    Keep him out of the sun for long periods & try to avoid being out between noon & 5pm.

    If your dog was truly an albino his eyes would be red.
    Doesn’t matter, any short haired white dog is at risk for skin damage from the sun.

  7. mop says:

    He’s going to be photosensitive, so inside when the sun is at it’s brightest & Doggles and baby tearless sunscreen when out in the sun. Take him to the vet to make sure his sight and hearing are in tact. Other than taking care of his skin and eye’s and using diluted no tears whitening shampoo from Dr’s Foster’s and Smith from time to time. Once you get a clean bill of health from the vet, treat him as you would any beloved APBT who is hyper sensitive to the sun.

  8. Clumsical says:

    all white does not mean albino! It could be a disease, but not necessarily albino. You see the bird in my profile picture? White is a color mutation in cockatiels, and if you search "albino cockatiel" in the search bar you will find similar birds. There is no such thing as an albino cockatiel, cockatiels don’t carry the albino gene. Albino doesn’t mean all white, it is a genetic condition. You need to take him to the vet to find out if he’s actually albino.

    ADD: now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure your dog isn’t albino, because it is very rare that only one in the entire litter is all white.

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