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Why Are so Many Dogs Going Gray as Early as Age 1?

If your dog shows signs of early graying, even as young as age 1, you're not alone. A recent study tried to find the common denominators in early graying dogs. And what they found is as fascinating as it is disturbing. Here's what you need to know now, even if your dog isn't gray yet.

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  • A recent study examined the premature graying of dogs in the U.S.
  • The researchers concluded that fearfulness, anxiety and impulsivity are significant factors in dogs that begin to go gray around the muzzle between the ages of 2 and 4
  • The researchers hope their study results will prompt owners, veterinarians and others to assess prematurely graying dogs for issues with fear and anxiety
  • There are many things dog guardians can do to help relieve stress in a fearful, anxious dog

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