Looking for answers on why your dog’s nose is dry and what you need to do to help your pup? Find all the reasons and remedies below!
Have you noticed your dog’s nose has been dry?
Dog’s noses are supposed to be wet, and according to PetMD,
“…it may be that science doesn’t yet know the exact answer [why]. However, we do know there are glands inside a dog’s nose that secrete a thin, watery material that likely contributes to the moisture, much like the fluids found inside our own noses. This liquid wicks out to the nose surface, evaporates, and then helps to cool the dog.”
Find out the common reasons why your dog’s nose is dry, and what (if anything) you need to do about it.
Should My Dog’s Nose Be Dry?
No, your dog’s nose should be wet most of the time. But, it’s not always an immediate emergency.
What Does It Mean When A Dog’s Nose Is Dry?
Common reasons your dog’s nose might be dry:
- Sun exposure – similar to a sunburn, your dog’s nose can get dry after being in the sun for a while.
- Dried out during the Winter – your dog’s nose might be chapped from the Winter weather.
- Heat – Your dog may have been playing or be a bit hot. Once they cool down and drink some water, it will moisten back up.
- Aging – older dogs have drier noses.
- They were napping – your dog’s nose might be dry right after they wake up from a snooze.
- Allergies – certain allergies can dry your pup’s nose out.
- Disease or illness. It’s also a common symptom of autoimmune diseases in dogs.
Remember that a dry nose itself is not typically a cause for concern. It fluctuates throughout the day, depending on your dog’s activity, and some breeds are even known for having drier noses than others.
How Can I Moisten My Dog’s Dry Nose?
If you suspect your dog is uncomfortable or ill, contact your vet.
To help moisten their nose, you can apply a warm wet cloth to soothe the dryness and then apply a little petroleum jelly.
Be careful not to block the nostrils.
How Do I Know If My Dog Is Dehydrated?
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According to the American Kennel Club, signs of dehydration include:
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Loss of appetite
- Vomiting with or without diarrhea
- Reduced energy levels and lethargy
- Sunken, dry-looking eyes
- Dry nose
- Dry, sticky gums
- Thick saliva
My Dog’s Nose Is Dry – What Do I Do?
Watch out for other symptoms, including:
- Dry gums
- Sunken eyes
- Scabs and sores on or near the nose
- Lethargy or weakness
- Colored mucus or anything other than clear drippings
- Red or flaky skin
If your dog shows any of the above symptoms along with a dry nose, please contact your vet immediately. They may be suffering from severe dehydration or an illness/disease.
If your dog’s nose is dry but they aren’t exhibiting any other symptoms, it very well may be nothing more than a fluke.
Offer water and keep a close eye on your furry best friend.
Has your dog’s nose ever been dry? Did you do anything? Let us know in the comments below!
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