3 Things You Should Do If Your Dog Has A Dry Nose
1. Take Note Of The Doggy Details
When is your dog’s nose dry, is it only during certain times of the day or year? How long have you noticed a dry dog nose? Taking note of the details can help you discover the cause. Many different things can contribute to a dry nose including weather, dehydration, allergies and more. Your vet will also be better prepared to help you uncover the cause of your dog’s dry nose if you have answers to important questions regarding the time frame, severity of symptoms, changes in daily routines, etc.
Knowing what causes a dry canine nose can help you better pinpoint relevant changes. Some of the leading causes of dry dog noses include:
– Weather, extreme heat or cold can contribute to a dry dog nose. Exposure to the sun can cause your dog’s nose to become sunburned. During winter the skin is also prone to drying out, especially if your dog spends time in front of a heater or source of warm, blowing air.
– Allergies to food, plastic water dishes or toys, household cleaning products, and pretty much anything else your dog develops sensitivity to.
– Underlying medical issues such as canine skin disorders
2. Remove Potential Allergens
Allergies are a leading cause of dry dog noses. The tricky thing about allergies is different dogs have very different sensitivities. There are a few key contributors you can remove in order to see if it makes a difference. Plastic is a common dog allergy that can cause a dry, crusty dog nose. If your dog has a plastic dish for food or water switch it out for a stainless steel bowl.
Certain dog foods, treats and household products can also spark your dog’s allergies. Try and pinpoint any changes to the environment around the time your dog’s nose dried out and became chapped. From here, you can start to remove or change these elements to see if it makes a difference.
3. Call Your Veterinarian
If you don’t see your dog’s nose getting better after making a few changes, you should visit your veterinarian to find out the underlying cause. Your vet can conduct certain allergy tests to see if your dog is allergic to anything in particular, as well as check for more serious underlying conditions.
What Your Dog’s Nose Can (and Can’t) Tell You About His Health
You might have heard that feeling a dog’s nose can tell you about his health. Can a dog’s health really be determined by the temperature and moisture of the nose? Does a cold and wet nose mean a dog is healthy? Is a warm and dry nose a sign of illness?
Here’s the truth: The temperature or moisture of a dog’s nose is not necessarily a good indicator of anything. A healthy dog may have a warm or dry nose while a sick dog could still have a cold, wet nose.
Your Dog’s Nose
Dogs keep their noses cold and wet by licking. The moisture on the nose helps intensify scents and give dogs the ability to determine which directions smells are coming from.
It is normal for a dog that has just woken up to have a dry nose. This is simply because the dog was not licking his nose in his sleep.
Sometimes, a dog’s dry or warm nose will accompany other signs of illness, such as lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and more. These symptoms are reason enough to call your vet, regardless of how your dog’s nose feels.
Why Do People Think The Dog’s Nose Matters ?
The “dog nose” myth has been around for ages, sometimes putting dog owners in a panic. How did it begin? Like many myths, the origin of this one is not certain. However, some experts think it may have started at a time when the deadly virus called canine distemper was common. One symptom of advanced distemper is hyperkeratosis (thickening) of the nose and footpads.
Back when distemper was more widespread, a cool, wet nose was considered a good sign that the dog did not have distemper. While canine distemper still occurs, it is far less common today thanks to vaccines.
What if My Dog Is Actually Sick ?
All of this being said, you should not ignore any signs of sickness in your dog.
If you notice your dog’s nose feels unusually hot, it’s probably a good idea to check his temperature. Call your vet if your dog has a fever or is showing any other concerning symptoms.
There are some medical conditions that can affect a dog’s nose, causing it to appear abnormal. Some are more major than others. Pemphigus foliaceous is a serious dermatological condition that can cause a dog’s nose to become very dry and cracked. Sometimes, a dog’s nose can be affected by allergies, potentially causing dryness and cracking, though to a less serious extent. Be aware that dogs can get sunburn, something that will affect the nose. There can also be pigment changes to your dog’s nose, many of which are harmless. However, you should not ignore obvious changes to your dog’s nose. Cracks, crusts, or sores on your dog’s nose should be checked by your veterinarian as soon as possible. In addition, you should also contact your vet if your dog has nasal discharge, sneezing or wheezing.
Dehydration and Water Needs in Dogs
Dehydration is a lack of water in the body, and can cause serious complications for pets and people alike. Water is essential to all living beings, including dogs, who depend on proper daily fluid intake to maintain appropriate health. It makes up 80 percent of your dog’s body, and dissolves natural and unnatural substances as well as serves as the root of all his biological processes, including circulation, digestion and waste removal.
What Causes Dehydration in Dogs ?
Dehydration occurs when fluid levels drop to less than normal. This is due to either reduced water intake or increased fluid loss. Fluid loss can be due to overheating in hot weather or a bout of vomiting or diarrhea, especially in puppies.
What Are the General Symptoms of Dehydration in Dogs ?
– Sunken eyes
– Loss of appetite
– Dry mouth
How to Take Care of a Dog’s Dry Nose
Look carefully at your dog’s nose. If there are any lumps, bumps, cracks or discoloration, you should consult your veterinarian.
Wash your dog’s nose gently with some warm, soapy water and a clean cloth.
Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to your dog’s nose. This will moisturize it.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 twice each day until your dog no longer has a dry nose.