I have a male fuzzy lop, 2 years old. We just shaved him as he was so matted at adoption. Once shaved, he had beautiful pink skin, though it was very stretched from the massive matts. Today, a week later, he has large black spots covering most of his back and sides. It is extremely visible through his left over white hair. Help please. I am very worried about my boy.
Answer Hi, Tara
You might be surprised to learn that those black spots are a *good* sign: they are a sign that his fur is growing back. The dark patches are where he has pigmented fur, and the rest of his skin might start to darken up, too, as the hair follicles there "wake up" and start doing their job.
In a week or so, your boy will start to have short, silky fur again. :)
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