Feb 16

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The Dry Nose

Dog's Nose“My dog’s nose is warm and dry.  He must not be feeling well.”  Whether a dog’s nose is wet and cold or warm and dry is definitely not the way to tell if your dog doesn’t feel well.  Some dogs will have a warm nose when they first wake from a nap and this is perfectly normal.  Dogs lick their noses, and since they do not do this while sleeping, it’s typical for the nose to be a little dry when they first wake up.  Another reason for a dry nose could be age or the temperature in the house or outdoors.  The temperature of a dog’s nose fluctuates from time to time so relying on the nose as an indication of health is not a reliable one.  Of course, if other symptoms are present such as vomiting, diarrhea, sores around the nose, or nasal discharge, then it’s time for a visit to the veterinarian.

Remember that dogs do not sweat and dispel heat through their mouths, foot pads, and through their noses.  Glands in a dog’s muzzle produce fluid that helps the cooling process……thus a cold, wet nose.  There are some conditions that can affect a dog’s nose that cause it to appear abnormal including dermatological conditions or allergies.  There can also be pigment changes which are usually harmless.

If you feel your pup’s nose is warm and dry and there are no other symptoms, it could just be the weather, the temperature in the house, the fact that she just woke up, or she’s thirsty.  There’s no need to panic.  Check her again in a little bit and the nose will probably be cold and moist.  If she is exhibiting other signs of illness, however, contact your veterinarian to make sure everything is okay.

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