Dogs and Their Noses

Most dog owners find that a cold, wet nose on their canine signifies a healthy dog. A dog naturally secretes mucus that helps it trap scent particles on the surface, thus creating a wet nose. But what if the nose is warm and dry? Does a dry nose indicate the dog is sick?

For the most part, a dry dog nose is nothing to be concerned about. There are several healthy reasons a dog can have a dry, warm nose.

Here are a few:

• Spending time near a source of heat

• Lying in the sun

• May not have licked its nose in a while

Looking at a dog’s nose is a good way to check for other problems.

• Pale or pink noses are susceptible to sunburn

• Cracked nose with scabs or sores may indicate a skin disorder

• Nasal discharge such as bubbly, thick, yellow, or even green mucus

If a dog’s dry nose is accompanied by other symptoms such as lethargy, poor appetite, or vomiting, this could indicate a visit to the vet. Sniffing out the meaning in Rover’s dry nose will determine if he is healthy or has a symptom that is cause for concern.

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