Taking Care of a Dog's Dry Nose
This is a tip post that’s really on the nose. No, seriously. It’s all about your dog’s nose. Why is it wet? Why is it dry? What does it all mean? Your dog’s health is closely connected with the moisture their nose shows and if your dog is rocking a dry nose, there are some steps you should follow to make sure their health is good to go or if the dry nose is nothing to worry about.
But first, let’s start with the questions we all wonder when it comes to a dog’s dry nose…
The Big Question: Why is my dog’s nose wet?
First and foremost, dogs sweat differently from us humans. It’s not really noticeable but they sweat through their paws and through their noses. This helps them cool down. Another reason their noses are wet is that your fur baby is actually releasing mucus which helps them smell. The mucus aids in absorbing scents, and because dogs are always licking their noses, this allows them to get a little taste of that smell they’re experiencing.
How is my dog’s nose swayed to be wet or dry?
There are numerous factors that come into play when it comes to the wetness of your dog’s nose or lack thereof. The moisture and temperature your dog’s nose yields is influenced by things like the weather changing, living conditions, allergies etc.
Fact or fiction? Dry nose means a sick dog.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves! Know that it is equally fact and fiction. Each situation is not the same. A dry nose is not a reliable meter to measure your dog’s health because of the aforementioned factors above. Even dogs who show wet noses can potentially be sick. It’s not black and white.
What do I do when my dog’s nose is dry?
Before anything else, observe your dog’s water intake. Making sure they are properly hydrated is imperative because dehydration can lead to problems or worsen problems. When your dog’s nose gets dry, you’ll notice that it’s chapping or cracking a bit. A hypoallergenic lubricant is the best solution for this when you apply a thin layer to the nose. There are hypoallergenic lubricants that are easily accessible like petroleum jelly. Just make sure that whatever you use is organic.
As you treat your dog’s dry nose using this method, eliminate potential allergens in your house by doing thorough cleanings and get rid of harsh chemical cleaners that could be making it worse. If the dryness persists, get a hold of a trusted, local veterinarian to consult with them on what’s going on with your fur baby and their dry nose.
Gotta make sure the snoot is in working order!
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