A wet dog nose is normal, but a dry dog nose isn’t necessarily abnormal.
There are many myths regarding a dog’s nose. Many people think that a healthy dog has a cool, wet nose and a sick pup has a warm, dry one. But that’s not true. The actual temperature and moistness of a nose are not a good indicator of overall health status.
Having a wet nose is part of the reason why dogs have an amazing sense of smell –10,000 to 100,000 times more powerful than ours. The wet nose draws in tiny particles to be examined by a dog’s olfactory glands. There is a thin layer of mucus on a dog’s nose that helps him smell. That moist layer helps absorb and hold scents. “You might even see your dog licking his nose — a way to actually “taste” the smell, giving him even more information about what it is,” says Vetstreet.
Should you be concerned if your dog has a dry nose?
A dog’s nose naturally changes from wet and cool to warm and dry several times over the course of a day. Most times, a dry dog nose is a completely normal physical phenomenon.
If it’s chronic and your veterinarian sees no signs of allergies or disease, you may need to use a prescription lotion or balm to keep his nose moist. Because dogs lick their noses so often, whatever you use should be safe to eat.
One product Acme Canine recommends is Nozzle Nectar. We tried it for a month on Autumn’s nose and saw great results even with her licking it off a few times.
It is safe to be consumed in small quantities since it is made of the highest quality organic and natural ingredients such as beeswax, avocado oil, shea butter, vitamin E, and coconut oil.
Nozzle Nectar comes in a 2 oz tin and costs $16.99 with free shipping.
Common Reasons Your Dog’s Nose is Dry
Your dog is sleeping. Your dog doesn’t lick his nose while he’s asleep so that it will be dry. His nose should be wet again within 10 minutes of waking up.
Your dog has allergies. Just like us, dogs can suffer from allergies which cause their noses to dry out. If the allergies are severe, you may need to see your veterinarian for allergy medication.
Your dog has Sunburn. Dogs with thin, light coats and pink or pale noses, eyelids, ears, or paw pads are more susceptible to sunburn. If you own a dog like this, you may want to invest in a dog-safe sunscreen.
It’s Winter. Warm airflow from indoor heating can dry out a dog’s nose. Things should return to normal once he moves away from the heat source. Also, winter’s cold air and winds can cause a dry nose, just like you get chapped lips when you’re outdoors in winter. That’s what happens to a dog’s nose.
You have a dog with a short snout. Brachycephalic breeds are prone to dry noses. Often because they have difficulty licking their nose, you may have to apply a nose balm to keep it moist. Other breeds, such as Lhasa Apsos, are prone to blocked tears ducts, which can cause the nose to dry out.
Noses vary in size and shape in the canine world, but they are important to survival regardless of what they look like. Please pay attention to your dog’s nose to help him stay healthy. And be sure to use a nose balm, like Nozzle Nectar, when your dog’s nose is dry.
“The key is to apply as often as possible—especially before bedtime when bodies are in healing mode. The more time the product is allowed to penetrate, the better results you will get. Distractions work wonders! Try giving your dog a treat to chew on, mealtime, a dab of peanut butter, belly rubs, or play with them for a few minutes while the balm works its magic! It is also a beneficial time because your dog is relaxed and less likely to resist.
For Nozzle Nectar, some customers have suggested dabbing a tiny amount of the product or peanut butter on the top of your dog’s paw. This will help direct their attention away from their nose!” states Quality Pet.
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