although it can be partially genetic, greying of the hair is mostly caused by free radical damage (the same as cancer is) so diet can affect what age they go grey too. including a variety of different fruits and veg in their diet which have lots of antioxidants (safe ones of course!) can delay greying of the muzzle, will help prevent other diseases caused by free radical damage too! (cancer, canine dementia (omega 3 & 6 helps this too! oily fish once a week!))
OMG Jenn, is this true for humans too? I don't eat any fruit really except strawberries. I don't do too bad with veg and fish....must try harder.
I wonder if dogs on raw diets grey later in general than dogs on dry then?
yupe same for people, free radicals cause damage to hair folicals making them fall out and reduces the amount of melanised hair folicals, so grey hair comes through. antioxidants protect the hair and keep it healthy, it doesnt fall out so no grey grows though.
would be interesting to see... i know some dog foods include antioxidants but i think including them naturally is a much better way to go about it as the variety of anti oxidants is just as important as the amount. (thats why people are told to eat 5 different coloured fruit and veg a day, most of the goodness is in the skin! lol)
we should poll it! lol
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Poor Tara started going grey at 2.We are obviously been feeding her badly.Will try to do better.
nooo not nessesarily! there is genetic influence as well (all things are determined by both environmental and genetic factors) but feeding antioxidants helps delay it, carrots and apples as treats are a good way to introduce some.
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