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My Dog's Nose Is Dry: Should I Be Worried?

by Andrew Ehlert

The common theme seems to be that a dry dog nose means they are sick. This is not the case. In fact, it's a widespread phenomenon.

So, does that mean that a wet dog nose means they are sick? No. There are many typical reasons why a dog's nose is dry, for example, when they don't lick their face for a while.

On the other hand, if you have noticed your dog's nose is extremely dry for more than a day, you may want to be concerned. Then again, when your dog's nose is wet, they can still show symptoms of sickness. So, does it really matter whether your dog has a dry or wet nose?

Common Reasons Your Dog Has a Dry Nose

To be concerned or not to be is the question. Sometimes it's normal for your dog to have a dry nose; other times, possibly not. So what are the common reasons a dog will have a dry nose?

1. He Was Sleeping

When dogs sleep, they don't lick their face, so it's only natural that a dog's nose will become dry after little exposure to moisture. If you notice a few hours after they awoke from their slumber, check their nose; if it's still dry, there could be an underlying problem.

2. Allergies

A dog can be allergic to anything from pollen, to certain foods, to skin-related conditions. Some family canines need allergy medication to help them breathe and stay active throughout the day. If you're concerned, ensure that you get him an allergy test on the next vet visit.

3. Change in Temperature

Dogs' noses are super sensitive and soft. When it becomes hot, their noses can become sunburnt or very dry. Make sure they have plenty of water and take breaks during walks on hot days to fix this.

The same condition happens when the cold weather from winter happens, except your dog's nose is dry and may become chapped.

4. Irritation

It is known that some dogs are allergic to plastic, so pay attention to the water dish you're giving to your dog. It may just be the plastic irritating her.

5. Dehydration

Most dogs are very energetic and do almost anything to please their owners. Due to their energetic behaviors, you'll likely take them for a walk every day. If your dog hasn't or is not drinking enough water, their noses will dry up.

Make sure you pack a water bottle on your dog walks and double-check they have enough water at home that's easily accessible.

Certain types of dog breeds have drier noses than other breeds. Don't become immediately alarmed when you notice your dog's nose is dry. Consider your dog's age; sometimes, a dry nose may just mean they are getting old, and this will happen.

How to Tell if My Dog Is Sick Accompanied by a Dry Nose

In most cases, a dog's dry nose is nothing to be concerned about. Nonetheless, a few signs are accompanying a dry nose that would be a cause for concern.

1. Scabs and Sores

While scabs or a cracked nose could just be a sign of severe sunburn, you don't want to dismiss this symptom. Nasal dermatoses is bacterial skin infection caused by worms, mites, and autoimmune disorders. If you notice any other signs such as bumps, swelling, crusting, and redness, take your dog to the vet.

2. Sunken Eyes and Lethargic

A lesser than active dog that has sunken eyes may just be the start of severe dehydration.

Dogs lose fluids through their sweat, saliva, paws, and breathing and when they eat and drink, their electrolytes become replenished. However, if your dog does not have access to water for long periods, he will lose these electrolytes and become deathly ill reasonably quickly.

The cause of dehydration can be an illness or fever and if your dog has continual diarrhea and vomiting. Following extreme dehydration are dry gums, weakness, fainting, and loss of skin elasticity.

3. Discolored Mucus

It's normal for your dog to have a runny nose from time to time; yet, if you notice green, yellow, or black discharge excreting from the nose, your dog could have a serious to a minor infection. Ensure you speak with your vet if you notice this couple with a dry nose.

What Can I Do for My Dog's Dry Nose?

Dogs depend on their wet noses to see the world and keep them cool. Without the wet nose, their sense of smell and way of life diminishes. After diagnosing the cause for your dog's dry nose, you may treat it with natural ingredients such as:

1. Olive or Castor Oil

Castor oil has healing properties specifically for dry and irritated skin and prevents fungal infections. It may relieve pain, reduce joint pain, and treat hair loss, among many other benefits. Although, do not give your canine friend too much as it can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

Olive oil also has many benefits, including providing a healthy coat, skin moisturizer, weight control, and heart health. While olive oil is found in many kitchens, it's a quick fix if you have nothing else.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is used for hair and skin health by many people across the globe. When applied to your dog's nose, it improves skin elasticity due to its many vitamins and minerals.

It's best to get 100% organic coconut oil. However, any coconut should be fine as long as it's not mixed with other unnatural ingredients

3. Shea Butter

Shea butter is found in many conditioners and skin products. However, all-natural shea butter is best for your dog's dry nose. Make sure you are using minimal amounts.

Remember to never apply hydrogen peroxide or alcohol to your dog's nose; this will dry it out even more.

Keep Your Dog's Nose Safe

When my dog’s nose is dry, does that mean he is sick? Should I take him to the vet? For many common reasons, the answer is almost always no.

On the other hand, if your dog has any accompanying signs with their dry nose, it's better to be safe than sorry and immediately take him to the vet.

If the problem is not crucial, your vet will send you home with treatment and a therapy plan. However, it doesn't hurt to provide natural elements as a preventative measure to ensure soft, healthy, and conditioned skin.

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